7 Recipes Under $15 That Taste Like A Solid 10/10

7 Recipes Under $15 That Taste Like A Solid 10/10

Delicious meals that will not break the bank.


It can be so difficult to cook in college -- between the crazy schedule, the fact that food costs money, etc... Over the past four years in school, I have collected some delicious and cheap recipes that I think you will enjoy.

Shepherd's Pie

What You Will Need:

1 package of instant mashed potatoes

1 lb. of ground beef

1 thawed bag of frozen mixed peas, carrots, and corn

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1 medium diced onion


Worcestershire sauce



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook the instant mashed potatoes based on those instructions.

3. On the stove, brown the ground beef and the onions together.

4. Add in about 1 tbsp of ketchup and 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce.

5. Add in the peas, carrots, and corn into the ground beef.

6. Put the beef and vegetable mixture into a greased bread pan.

7. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the beef and veggie mixture.

8. Sprinkle cheese all over the top.

9. Bake for about 22 minutes and enjoy!


What You Will Need:

1 package of pre-made dough

1 can of crushed tomatoes



1 medium diced onion

Mozzarella cheese

Optional: pepperoni



1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add the crushed tomatoes into a saucepan and heat it on medium.

3. Add in the onion, garlic, and sprinkle in some salt to taste.

4. While that is simmering, roll out the pizza dough onto a pizza pan.

5. Spread a layer of sauce onto the dough.

6. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese into a nice, thick layer.

7. If you want, add some pepperoni slices.

8. Bake for about 22 minutes and enjoy!

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

What You Will Need:

1 can of Campbell's cheddar condensed soup

3 cups of pasta (elbow, shells, etc.)


2 tbsp of butter

2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup of Colby jack cheese

2 cups of heavy whipping cream

½ cup of milk



1. Pour the soup, heavy whipping cream, and milk into the crockpot.

2. Mix the above until smooth and creamy.

3. Pour and mix in the pasta.

4. Add in the cheeses and butter.

5. Sprinkle in pepper to taste.

6. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Enjoy!

Beef Tacos

What You Will Need:

1 "Old Del Paso" taco kit

1 lb. of lean ground beef

2 cups of rice

2 cups of water

1 tbsp of butter

1 tbsp of olive oil

Cheddar cheese



Sour cream



1. Add rice, water, butter, and olive oil to the rice cooker.

2. Brown the meat on medium on the stove.

3. Add in the taco seasoning from the taco kit and mix thoroughly.

4. Fill a taco shell with rice, meat, and desired toppings. Enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken Buffalo Pasta

What You Will Need:

1 package (~1 lb) of chicken tenderloins

3/4 cup of buffalo wing sauce

Garlic powder

8 oz of cream cheese

24 oz of chicken broth

2 tbsp of dry ranch dressing mix


2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Pasta of your choice



1. Add the chicken into the crockpot.

2. Top with the buffalo wing sauce.

3. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt to taste.

4. Add in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese

5. Cook on low for 8 hours

6. Add in the pasta of your choice and let cook for one more hour. Enjoy!

Mama's Famous Chicken And Yellow Rice

What You Will Need:

1 box of Goya yellow rice

1 package of skinless chicken thighs

1 bag of frozen peas

Italian mojo dressing (or any other dressing of your choice)



1. Marinade chicken thighs in dressing for a few hours.

2. Broil the chicken thighs on high for about 10 minutes on each side (keep watch on this).

3. Cook the yellow rice as directed on the box.

4. Add in the chicken and the frozen peas to the yellow rice as it continues to cook. Enjoy!

French Onion Soup

What You Will Need:

4 yellow onions

1 tsp of sugar

7 cups of beef broth (I prefer lower sodium)

1 roll of French bread

2 cups of provolone cheese

Olive oil




1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice the bread and put a bit of olive oil on both sides.

3. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.

4. Slice all of your onion into strips.

5. Put some olive oil in a pan and heat it up to medium-high heat.

6. Add the onions, sugar, and a dash of salt into the pan.

7. For the next 45 minutes, stir the onions around about every five minutes.

8. Once the onions are golden, add in the beef broth.

9. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil and then put it on low heat for 17 minutes.

10. Put the soup into bowls, put a slice of the bread on top, and grate some of the provolone cheese. Enjoy!

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.


I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.


I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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