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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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.

College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries


It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner


With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram


Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate


The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity


If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in


If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one


Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities


Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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