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Offline ChelemarTopic starter

Food ideas for first time college student
« on: August 29, 2011, 07:44:13 PM »
Ok.  Here's my question.  My God-daughter who is estranged from her mum, is away at college for her first semester.  She phoned with and S.O.S. for food.  She's not sure herself what she will need, only that she does.

She's got an apartment, she's a freshman and is not at a traditional college but will have courses from 9:00 to about 4:00 with an hour lunch. I know what I would have bought.  Even with an apartment, full meals were not at all par for the course.  Never enough time.

So, any ideas out there on what we can buy for her to give her a small pantry to take back with her, that won't break the bank.  She's already got oodles of noodles. ;)

This is all I have so far:

peanut butter
tuna fish
frozen veggies
fresh fruit
cheese
yogurt
We also thought about taking a dozen eggs and hard boiling them, that way it would all ready be done.  At least she'd have a quick peel meal.
Granola bars


Offline Starlequin

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 07:59:04 PM »
If she can get a cheap electric skillet and a small electric oven, she can still cook small meals for herself relatively quickly. You can also whip up big pots of stew or soup, and cook a lot of chicken breasts or beef/turkey parties, and portion them out in gallon freezer bags to send with her.

Also, those powdered breakfast drink mix packets are good too. Just add milk and stir, and they last you for a pretty good while.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2011, 08:02:15 PM by Starlequin »

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 08:11:35 PM »
Slow cooker, if she's allowed.  If you're living alone, you can cook up enough food for a week, and there's no need to hover over it - chop up the stuff the night before, pile it in the cooker in the morning, let it cook while you're in class.  Parcel in tupperware, and heat up in the microwave or in a saucepan.

In the 'ready-meal' category, canned soups and stews take about 3 minutes in a standard microwave, or maybe 10 on the stove.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 08:33:18 PM »
I'll echo Oniya's suggestions. The Slow cooker in particular is a life saver. As for what wont break the bank otherwise.... I actually do well with some frozen pizza's. They aren't great, but are chep and only take 10-15 minutes to bake in an oven. Otherwise, you can also hit the sandwiches and bread route. cheap and mobile for students. Cereal is a life saver when you don't have much time too.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 08:42:15 PM »
Pasta is great for students. Make it for dinner, take leftovers for lunch. Rice is similar.

Hamburger or Tuna Helper work similarly as well as Mac and Cheese. Ramen or Cup-O-Soup.

Anything with directions that's relatively easy is usually okay for non-cookers.

Microwave things like little pasta dishes or those panini sandwiches that go in the microwave. Steamer veggie dishes with pasta or otherwise.

Offline ChelemarTopic starter

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2011, 09:25:58 PM »
Great ideas everyone, thanks.

She does have a fairly good kitchen.  It's the time factor that's at issue. :)  The slow cooker idea is something I will check into.  I have one I can send with her.  :D

Great ideas!  Thanks.

Chele

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2011, 10:40:14 PM »
Juice boxes/ capri-sun.  I cannot tell you how many times a granola bar and a capri-sun saved my life in college.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2011, 10:53:43 PM »
Frozen fruit works to, it lasts a long time, and can give her that much needed shot of fruit when she needs it, but can't afford it.  Canned foods are perfect, like soups, veggies, even those little sausages.  Those cheap, dry soup packets work wonders to.  Bouillon cubes are awesome to, I know people who literally live off those most of the time.  Mmmmm, drink powders last a long time to.   

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2011, 10:55:20 PM »
Frozen fruit works to, it lasts a long time, and can give her that much needed shot of fruit when she needs it, but can't afford it.  Canned foods are perfect, like soups, veggies, even those little sausages.  Those cheap, dry soup packets work wonders to.  Bouillon cubes are awesome to, I know people who literally live off those most of the time.  Mmmmm, drink powders last a long time to.
I second the Bouillon cubes, the possibilities with those are near endless....

Offline Sarena

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2011, 12:27:06 AM »
With the slow cooker idea, she could make a pot of one thing one day, divide it and freeze it, then the next day make something else, divide it and freeze it and then have quick go to meals for two weeks.

You can cook all sorts of things (even cake) in a slow cooker.  :D  If you'd like, I would be happy to send you some recipes.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2011, 12:44:05 AM »
With the slow cooker idea, she could make a pot of one thing one day, divide it and freeze it, then the next day make something else, divide it and freeze it and then have quick go to meals for two weeks.

You can cook all sorts of things (even cake) in a slow cooker.  :D  If you'd like, I would be happy to send you some recipes.
Cake in a slow cooker... I'm seriously interested.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2011, 08:28:08 AM »
If time is the factor, I would suggest sandwiches, pita bread or wraps. They can be loaded with anything (even leftovers).

Offline ChelemarTopic starter

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2011, 12:11:53 PM »
With the slow cooker idea, she could make a pot of one thing one day, divide it and freeze it, then the next day make something else, divide it and freeze it and then have quick go to meals for two weeks.


You can cook all sorts of things (even cake) in a slow cooker.  :D  If you'd like, I would be happy to send you some recipes.
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Oh, yes please.  :)

And bullion cubes is a terrific idea.  Thanks!

Offline ChelemarTopic starter

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2011, 12:13:50 PM »
If time is the factor, I would suggest sandwiches, pita bread or wraps. They can be loaded with anything (even leftovers).

Yes, another great idea.  :)

I am also going to do some cooking here before she comes home, and have some MRE's for her to take back with her.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2011, 12:36:11 PM »
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Oh, yes please.  :)

And bullion cubes is a terrific idea.  Thanks!

Another quick source for recipes.  http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/main-dish/slow-cooker/main.aspx

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2011, 12:36:39 PM »
I used to cook way more than what I needed of food and then put it in TV dinner trays for freezing. I used them when I worked evenings and my kids would need something to pop in the microwave. (It was especially nice for Thanksgiving dinners in July.) They taste way better than your average TV dinner and are quick to warm up.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2011, 02:58:15 PM »
Mashed potato flakes, the kind that just needs water to be added to it, to make nice yummy mashed potato's.  I know it doesn't sound very appetizing, but it's awesome because it's quick, easy, and last a long time.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2011, 03:26:48 PM »
I don't spend all day at school, and I usually eat breakfast and dinner and skip lunch, but I get a lot of mileage out of ramen (but you said she already has noodles.)

Ramen + eggs makes an ugly but delicious omelette if she's got a stove to cook it on.

When I lived in a dorm with just a microwave for food prep, I had a lot of meals that were just instant rice cooked in canned (but not condensed) soup.

Yogurt and frozen fruit work pretty well together, even better with a blender and some milk.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2011, 03:30:08 PM »
Ramen + eggs makes an ugly but delicious omelette if she's got a stove to cook it on.

Mmm, even if you just fry an egg and throw it on top of the noodles, so gooodddd!  Add a little sour cream and it's even better lol.

Offline ChelemarTopic starter

Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2011, 05:13:48 PM »
I will recommend those to her.  My partner eats ramen noodles like that.  Have to say, it doesn't appeal to me. *grin*  But, as long as it does her, that's all that matters.

Yes, Oreo, that's a great idea.  Though, I think I will get those segmented paper plates they sell now.  We don't eat frozen TV dinners. Too expensive! Though we begged for them as kids. :) 

Oh, yeah mashed potato flakes, great idea.  And the instant rice.  :)

I think too, maybe we will go with frozen fruit.  As well as some home canned.  We are going to be canning apples and pairs in a few days, and we've done peaches so we can give her those.  They are not as sugary as store bought and great on many things.


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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2011, 05:25:10 PM »
I used the divided plates too >.< the plastic ones.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2011, 06:22:54 PM »
Tossing a handful of frozen veggies into ramen noodles is another way to liven them up.

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Re: Food ideas for first time college student
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2011, 06:26:58 PM »
Cutting up chicken lunch meat into the egg and ramen omlet works well too. Or roast beef, or whatever else goes well with it. Lunch meat rocks if you know how.