Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.
- They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
- They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
- They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.
Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!
I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).
- Banana Spice Chia Pudding 170 calories, 3g fat, 27 carbs, 9g protein
- Berry & Date Yogurt Bowl 165 calories, 0g fat, 30 carbs, 19g protein
- Chia & Banana Spice Yogurt Bowl 246calories, 3g fat, 35 carbs, 20g protein
- Mango Coconut & Granola Yogurt Bowl 225 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 20g protein
- Oatmeal Breakfast Bars 98 calories, 4g fat, 12 carbs, 6g protein
- Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding 175 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 9g protein
- Raspberry Pineapple Yogurt Bowl 133 calories, 2g fat, 16 carbs, 13g protein
- Strawberry Fields Chia Pudding 165 calories, 3g fat, 23 carbs, 9g protein
- Strawberry, Tart Cherry & Granola Yogurt Bowl 246 calories, 4g fat, 32 carbs, 20g protein
What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!
- **Black Bean Rainbow Salad 272 calories, 10g protein, 37 carbs, 11g protein (salsa, sauteed veggies, spinach, avocado)
- **Brown Rice Sushi Bowl 265 calories, 9g fat, 36 carbs, 10g protein (avocado, edamame, carrots, nori)
- **Brown Rice Fiesta Bowl 340 calories, 13g fat, 45 carbs, 16g protein (tempeh, salsa, beans, peppers, avocado)
- Chilled Pad Thai Jars 312 calories, 9g fat, 50 carbs, 8g protein
- **Edamame Rainbow Salad 240 calories, 9g protein, 23 carbs, 14g protein (tahini dressing, zucchini, nori, cabbage)
- **Loaded Mexican Rice 280 calories, 2g fat, 56 carbs, 11g protein
- **Mediterranean Brown Rice Bowl 312 calories, 12g fat, 42 carbs, 9g protein (avocado, zucchini, hummus, spinach)
- Pesto Quinoa Jar 250 calories, 6g fat, 38 carbs, 15g protein
- Quinoa Burrito Jar 308 calories, 6g fat, 45 carbs, 17g protein
- **Quinoa Rainbow Salad 293 calories, 9g protein, 44 carbs, 9g protein (hummus, tomatoes, spinach, avocado)
- Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Jars 275 calories, 6g fat, 46 carbs, 11g protein
What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!
- Magic Bars 125 calories, 7g fat, 15 carbs, 2g protein
- Black Bean Brownies 80 calories, 2g fat, 12 carbs, 5g protein
- Parmesan Chips (per chip) 7 calories,
- Vanilla Almond Protein Date Truffles 55 calories, 1g fat, 10 carbs, 3g protein
- Zucchini Oatmeal Mini Muffins 42 calories, 1g fat, 8 carbs, 1g protein