The taste of the real world is exciting, yet you keep coming home hungry. Then, you have to choose between takeout or trying to eat healthy at home?! Tough one.
If you’re in a new city and don’t have a car to make grocery runs, or if your summer apartment is missing the fancy cookware you’re used to, don’t sweat it. Foodie On Campus has your back. These quick, nutritious dinners will make your wallet and your stomach happy!
- Caprese Salad
This recipe will literally take you five minutes to make, and it’s delicious. Stop by a local famer’s market to grab some ripe tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. Thinly slice the tomatoes, layer the basil and sliced mozzarella on top, and finish it off with olive oil, balsamic vinegar a pinch of kosher salt, and ground pepper.
- Avocado Toast
Toast and guac… what a fabulous avo-couple! This filling combination of healthy fats and whole grains will tame your hangry mood. For a veggie boost, add sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, sliced radishes, or bell peppers. For your protein fix, top with pine nuts, sliced almonds, chickpeas, leftover chicken, or even some cut up deli meat.
- Turkey and Avocado Pita
Add thinly sliced turkey, avocado, feta cheese, and alfalfa sprouts for a mouth-watering pita bread sandwich! Drizzle with white wine vinaigrette and call it a day.
- Cold Cuts Salad
Who said deli meat is only for sandwiches? Take your favorite leafy greens, vegetables, and add your cold cuts of choice. Most grocery stores sell thinly sliced chicken, turkey breast and ham. Be creative! Health Hack: Low sodium cold cuts are the best option.
- Tuna Salad and Crackers
This quick meal is perfect in a pinch. Mix a can of tuna with a dollop of mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt if you prefer), and add sliced grapes, craisins, or relish for a sweet touch. Eat your tuna salad on crackers, whole-grain bread, or make lettuce wraps!
- Lentil and Tomato Salad
For a protein-packed meal, combine a can of low-sodium lentils with a handful of sliced cherry tomatoes. To heighten the flavor, toss in chives, parsley, or basil. Add a small amount of white wine vinaigrette and/or olive oil for a tangy touch.
- Chickpea, Cucumber, Feta Salad
Mix a can of low-sodium chickpeas with one thinly sliced cucumber. Drizzle with olive oil and white wine vinaigrette, and top with feta cheese. Tomatoes and sliced red onions are perfect for flavor cravers!
- Cheese, Meat, Fruit Platter
Pair fruits such as grapes, oranges, and apples with tasty deli meats like turkey, salami, or prosciutto, and complete the trifecta with cheeses such as brie, swiss, Gouda, or cheddar.
- “While-You’re-At-Work” Oats
Before you head out, toss some rolled oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon into a mason jar with peanut butter, mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, honey, and almond milk. You’ll come home to the most delicious meal that’s ready to eat cold. Sprinkle in walnuts, almonds, or pecans for extra protein!
- Rotisserie Chicken
One of the best ways to avoid cooking is to buy rotisserie chicken from the grocery store! This meal is a great option if you don’t have the time or resources to cook over the summer and it will cover several meals. Cut a few slices of chicken and pair with a salad or your favorite veggies.
Jackie Parker is currently a senior nutritional sciences student on the dietetics track at Texas A&M University.