When you’re a busy college student, you don’t have much time to cook an elaborate dinner for yourself. You’ll feel energized and fueled with these healthy and easy dinners that you can eat while in college. These meals are also convenient because they’re easy, not taking up too much time to cook. Here are our 12 dinners that are healthy and easy for you to eat while in college.
1. Dijon Baked Salmon
Salmon is a healthy and easy dinner for anyone. The Dijon flavor keeps your taste buds alert and happy, while the method of baking the fish keeps the meat healthy and tender. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and high in protein. You can’t beat a nice protein-packed meal.
2. Easy Stove-Top Chicken
This easy dinner recipe is ridiculous! There are only about 3 ingredients you need: chicken, oil, and butter to finish it off. The easy stove-top chicken recipe is healthy and full of protein. Also, chicken is such a versatile protein, that you could pair it with just about anything. Even the most cooking-dense individuals can learn to make this recipe!
3. Chicken Rice and Bean Burritos
An easy dinner for a busy college student is a chicken, rice, and bean burrito. This healthy meal is packed with twice the protein-both animal and plant. Also, the rice is a carbohydrate that keeps your energy up. Overall, this dish is easy and healthy. You will be able to prepare this on the busiest of schedules!
4. Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups
For the pasta lover in us all (just admit that it’s in there), we give you the easy dinner of spinach lasagna roll ups. This easy dish does have some healthy notes to it; the spinach has a lot of vitamins, while the ricotta cheese is packed full of protein. This dish may have some carbs, but it is an easy and not-too-unhealthy dish for you to make on a busy day.
5. Garlic Beef and Veggie Ramen
To a girl who grew up eating Ramen noodles, this easy dinner recipe sounds too good to be true! This easy and healthy dinner recipe is flavorful and packed with healthy items. You can add whatever veggie you like to this dish. You could even swap out the beef for another meat, if there is one you prefer. This healthy dish doesn’t take too much time to make, and it is college-kid approved.
6. Spaghetti Squash with Vegetables
Spaghetti Squash was an ingenious invention. Kudos to whoever made up this recipe in the first place! For those of you who don’t know, spaghetti squash is made when you bake a squash in the oven, and then cut it open and take out the insides with a fork. The insides come out like spaghetti! Instead of filling your body with carbohydrates, you’re filling it with almost no calories or carbs. You can make this dish even better by adding in your favorite veggies!
7. Ground Turkey Curry
For the spice-lovers out there, this easy dinner idea will be something you love! Personally, I just love the taste of turkey above beef. I’m sure both of them are good for you; however, this recipe calls for turkey. Ground turkey curry is easy and healthy to make, and it will turn a bland Tuesday night into a sojourn on the Silk Road.
8. Sausage and Cabbage Skillet
If you’ve ever enjoyed lunch in Polish Town or visited Poland yourself, you are familiar with the common sausage and cabbage easy dinner. Most people eat this meal around the New Year, but you can enjoy this healthy and easy dinner recipe anytime of the year. Hunker down and fill up with this hearty dinner.
9. Kale and Apple Salad
This easy dinner idea is so easy! Since kale is considered a super food, you can’t just ignore its existence all together (trust me, I’ve tried). Kale is full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals; you name it, kale has it. However, kale is also bitter; the apples in this recipe balance out the bitterness of the kale. This meal is really balanced when it comes to flavor, which we all want. Not to mention, salads are super easy to make and don’t take a lot of prep time. So enjoy all of your extra time, after you eat this meal.
10. Teriyaki Shrimp Over Zucchini Noodles
This recipe makes a delicious and ethnic, easy dinner. Shrimp is always good, but especially in a flavorful teriyaki sauce. Since you’re crunched for time, there are places in the store where you can buy zucchini already made into noodles. This meal eliminates the carbohydrates of noodles, and replaces them with vegetables. Then, by adding the protein into the recipe, you are making a very healthy and easy meal for yourself.
11. Breakfast Bowls
Breakfast will always be my most favorite meal of the day. The great thing about breakfast is that you can eat it at any time of the day. This is an easy and healthy dinner for you to make on a weeknight. You can poach an egg, then add some rice, veggies, avocado slices, and maybe even some bacon. Breakfast is a pretty healthy meal, and eating it at dinner makes it even better!
12. Slow Cooker Wild Rice Vegetable Soup
The invention of the slow cooker has made a college student’s life so much easier. Just add wild rice, your choice of veggies, and broth/spices to a slow cooker. You can then go to class, the gym, your study group, and your sorority meeting. When you get home, you will still have dinner in the crock pot. This dish is also something you can heat up for days.