Cooking can be fun, but also depending on the day tedious. It often requires a lot of work and prep time. Furthermore some amazing recipes sadly require high class chef skills, something that few of us have. These requirements are all part of the many reasons some of us, in particular college students avoid the kitchen. When you’ve got a pile of homework lined up or a late night class waiting for you soon you don’t really have the time to cook complicated recipes. It doesn’t help that cooking culture is particularly unwelcome to single broke college students.
Many cooking blogs and recipes assume you have loads of free time and easy access to grocery stores. They also often assume you are cooking for a family of five, something that isn’t really going to work when it’s just you and your roommate. Sure, there are certain items that can speed up the cooking process like food processors or instant pots, but those things are expensive. Plus, you kinda doubt you could squeeze a food processor into your tiny college apartment when the toaster is already filling up a ton of space.
The good news is that there are ways to cook in college that don’t require a lot of cooking experience or tons of ingredients. Your best bet when trying to have a homemade meal at home, is to try a 3 ingredient recipe. These amazing recipes are usually short, simple, and don’t require a long shopping list. Here are 5 amazing recipes that only require 3 ingredients!
1. 3 Ingredient Pizza Sticks
These pizza sticks make a delicious snack or let’s be real, dinner. You will make your roommates totally jelly with these easy to make pizza sticks and they totally taste better than the cheap pizza rolls at the Convenience store. You’ll need just egg roll wrappers, mozzarella string cheese sticks, and pepperoni. After wrapping them together, you’ll fry em up with cooking oil in a sauce pan. Dip them in some ranch or marina sauce and they’ll taste great. For full details on the recipe, click here.
2. 3 Ingredient Egg Fried Rice
This 3 ingredient egg fried rice is super yummy and easy to make. If you’ve got eggs and rice, you can probably make this amazing recipe. The rice tastes great and you’ll save money by making this instead of ordering take out. Make it here.
3. 3 Ingredient Mac N Cheese
This mac and cheese recipe is super simple and just as easy to prepare and cook as Kraft boxed mac and cheese. The difference? This stuff tastes way better, and is probably a little better for you. The cheese you’ll be using will be great and the mac and cheese will be fresh. You’ll never go back to boxed mac and cheese with this recipe. See the recipe here.
4. 3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
No pancake mix? No problem. These banana pancakes are super tasty and easy to make. Skip the grocery store pancake mix and make your own pancakes at home. They taste delicious and aren’t to hard to prepare. You’ll definitely have a memorable and tasty breakfast with this recipe. Make it here.
5. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
These peanut butter cookies are simply the best! You can make them in an oven and despite being simple to make, they are super cute looking! Not only are they easy to make, but they taste great. You can share them with your friends or roommates. Make the cookies with the recipe here.