If you’re anything like me, you like to eat. A lot. And if you’re exactly like me, you spend way too much money on clothes, shoes, and going out to be constantly restocking that tiny little pink fridge in your dorm room. You’ve probably struggled finding the right things to fill your fridge, fill you up, and keep your wallet filled with cash. It’s taken me three years to perfect the following list: The Seven Items You Need to Keep Stocked. Read on and learn how to keep your tummy – and your wallet- happy!
Yes, a microwaveable meal. An 88-cent microwaveable meal. An 88-cent, relatively healthy, microwaveable meal! These things are delicious. I could eat them every day if I had to. My personal favorties are the salisbury steak and cheese-smothered patty meals. However, Banquet provides a variety of meals, including family-sized entrees, desserts, breakfasts, and lunch or dinner meals.
2. Easy Mac
You probably already devour these on a daily basis, (they’re cheap and easy,) but have you considered the possibilities you have with a container of Easy Mac?? Consider adding the following:
- Bacon bits. I looove bacon and I looove cheese. Yummy.
- Add a can of tuna and a can of veggies. Heat it up and you have a delicious tuna casserole!
- Bread crumbs. I like Italian bread crumbs in it. It gives it a good crunch and just a bit extra flavor.
- Brown some ground beef and add it in. It’s like Hamburger Helper, but a personal size!
- Make a mini-chicken casserole: add in (cooked) chicken and veggies (any kind you like.) Mmm.
Does anybody not have Ramen in their dorm? My school hands them out for free during Welcome Week. Ramen comes in a variety of flavors, from plain ol’ chicken to spicy lime shrimp. Pick your favourite, heat it up right in the cup (it tells you not to, but it’s safe – trust me), and enjoy!
Like Easy Mac, there are about a million and a half things you can do to Ramen to make it even more delicious. Check out this link for over 35 Ramen recipes!
4. Sandwich Fixings
Bread, jelly, peanut butter, and Nutella can become your best friends. A sandwich is quick, easy, has little clean up, and will leave you filling full. Plus, Nutella on toast is pretty much the best breakfast ever. Fact. Sandwich meat, cheese, and a tomato or two can last you a good week and a half, and pull double-duty as lunch or dinner.
Think healthy! Fruit is good and good for you. It fills you up without leaving you feeling lethargic from chomping down on junk food. Try keeping fruit that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, like bananas and apples. (Try those bananas on the Nutella with toast!) Other good options include grapes (freeze them! It gives them a more satisfying crunch. Plus, when they’re frozen, you suck on them longer so it seems like you’re eating more,) peaches, oranges, and berries. Fresh fruit is a great snack to keep your blood sugar up without the miserable sugar crash that comes from scarfing down a chocolate bar.
There’s nothing better on a cold day that a nice, hot bowl of soup. Short on time? Grab one of Campbell’s Soup-at-Hands. You heat it up in the microwave and take it with you! It even comes with a handy-dandy sipping lid, and it comes in your favourite Campbell’s flavours.
Another favourite of mine is Great Value brand of soups at WalMart. They’re just like Campbells, only cheaper. I like the vegetable in beef stock. Heat them in a bowl or eat out of the can – whatever you want!
7. Rice a Roni.
I cannot praise Rice a Roni enough. I loooove Rice a Roni. Fried rice, chicken fried rice, whatever – I could eat this stuff all day, every day.
The good thing about rice is that it fills you up fast – you don’t have to eat a whole lot of it. (Meaning you’ll have leftovers in your fridge and your wallet!) Rice a Roni doesn’t take more than a microwave and about twenty minutes to make, but you can cook it on a stove, as well. All you have to add is butter and water!
You can easily take Rice a Roni from a snack or side dish to main entrée in a snap. I like to add fried chicken (fry the chicken before adding it in) and corn to it, but you can add whatever you want. Play around with different things! Add meat, veggies, spices, and create your own signature dish!
One Final Tip: Before buying groceries, make sure to check the Internet and your local newspaper for coupons! You can save a tonne of money by not only buying the generic brands, but also by using coupons – it just takes a little time and effort!
What Do You Think?
What are your easy meal staples? Do you like to go for more complex recipes? Leave us a comment and let us know