Before I went to college, macaroni and cheese and hotdogs were the only two things I knew how to make. Although I love both of those meals, eating them every day got quite old. With that being said, I forced myself to learn how to cook. The recipes I began with can make cooking a breeze for any struggling college student.

1.Zesty Chicken

Ingredients:

*Chicken Breasts

*1 Can Green Beans

*4 Diced Potatoes

*1 Package Zesty Ranch Mix

*4 tbsp Melted Butter

Instructions:

Place chicken, green beans, and diced potatoes in a casserole dish. Melt 4 tbsp

of butter. Pour butter over the ingredients in the casserole dish. Sprinkle one

package of zesty ranch mix over the ingredients in the casserole dish. Cook at

350 degrees for forty-five minutes to an hour.

2. Curry Chicken

Ingredients:

*Chicken Breasts

*½ Cup Honey

*¼ Cup Mustard

* 4 tbsp Melted Butter

* 1 tsp Curry Powder

Instructions:

Dice chicken breasts. Melt 4 tbsp butter and mix other ingredients. Pour over

diced chicken. Cook for one hour at 350 degrees. Serve with rice.

3.Calzones

Ingredients:

*Pizza Crust

*1 lb sausage

*1 package pepperoni

*mozzarella cheese

*spaghetti sauce

Instructions:

Brown sausage. Slice pizza crust into two equal halves. Place

sausage, pepperoni, and cheese on both halves of the pizza crust. Fold over the

pizza crust to create a calzone. Pinch together corners so stuffing doesn’t fall

out. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Heat pizza sauce in microwave, pour

over calzone when finished.

4. Onion Potatoes

Ingredients:

*Potatoes (Red or Brown)

*⅓ Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil

*1 Package Onion Soup Mix

Instructions:

Chop 6 medium-sized potatoes into chunks. Cover potatoes with ⅓ cup of oil.

Stir oil into potatoes. Add 1 package of onion soup mix. Stir until well mixed.

Bake at 400 degrees for twenty to thirty minutes.

5.Creamy Cucumbers

Ingredients:

*1 ⅓ Cup Miracle Whip

*½ Cup Sugar

*⅓ Cup Vinegar

*½ tsp Pepper

*1 tsp Salt

*2-3 Cucumbers

*Onion

Instructions:

Peel and slice 3-4 cucumbers. Chop onions (amount is up to you). Mix the

remaining ingredients together and pour in with the cucumbers and onions.

6.Meatloaf

Meatloaf Ingredients:

*1lb Hamburger

*2 Eggs Beaten

*½ Cup Milk

*1 tsp Sage

*Chopped Onions

*1 tsp Salt

*½ tsp Pepper

*2 Slices Torn Bread

*1 Medium Raw Potato Shredded

Topping Ingredients:

*½ Cup Ketschup

*¼ Cup Brown Sugar

*Mustard

Instructions:

Mix all the above ingredients together. Place in a loaf pan. Bake for 1 and ½

hours at 325 degrees. To make the topping, mix together ½ Cup ketschup, ¼

Cup brown sugar, and two squirts of mustard.


It doesn’t matter if you’re a struggle college student learning to cook or a struggling adult needing to learn to cook to feed a family, these recipes will be sure to make your life a little bit easier. Afterall, if I can handle them, anyone can.