Hi, I'm a college student and since I don't have a lot of time to prepare meals during the week, I like to make a couple of big meals that I can just reheat, preferably that don't require multiple parts. I'm up for having some fun with cooking on the weekend (when I cook for the week) but I like to have things easy to prepare during the week. Any ideas or things that work for you?
Soups, stews, curries, and chilis are great because they heat up easily and actually taste better after a day or two in the fridge. Burgers or meatballs aren't really one dish meals, but they would be another option. They are easily reheated, as well. Pot roast is another good one. That might be too much food for one person to eat in just a few days, but you could always freeze some of it, too.
Crustless egg quiche:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
In a baking dish scramble 10 to 12 eggs, mix in 2 cups of fresh spinach (or any other leafy greens) and 4 slices of already cooked chopped bacon.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes
Remove from the oven and let cool, serve and eat, or refrigerate for later.
This is what I make most of the time on Sunday night for the following week's breakfast because I don't have time to cook in the morning. Just cut a slice and heat. Good for 5 or 6 servings.
For a college student, easy and cheap usually need to be considered. I'm a fan of one-dish, one-pan, or one-pot meals, so, that being said, you might like some of these...
"Bacon Wrapped Scotch Eggs"
I've made a really easy carnitas in my slow cooker that lasts my family of four at least three to four meals...you can then just serve with different veggies and condiments to make it seem a little different each time. I combined strained tomatoes, maybe a pint with lots of chopped garlic, bone broth(whatever kind you have)lime juice, lots of cumin, chipotle powder, cinnamon, and thyme. I put my pork "butt"(really the shoulder, not sure why they call it the butt)in the pot with everything else, roll it around to coat, and either turn the crockpot to high for an hour then turn it to low for 7-8 hours, or just turn it right to low for 8-9 hours. When it's done, use two forks to shred up the meat, and pull out the bones. If your sauce is still thin, simmer it for a while until it thickens, then add the shredded pork, and enjoy! I like this with sauteed cabbage and avocado the best, although some baked yam fries and something fermented would be lovely as well...
Any kind of beef stew is good, but this is one I go back to over and over:
I recommend throwing in a bunch more veggies than they call for in the recipe, though.
Now that it's getting cooler I make a pot of chili a week. Usually 3-4 lbs of beef, a bunch of chopped tomatoes, celery, green peppers, chopped onions, garlic and a few of the premade seasoning packets and you're good to go. I put together a pot on Sunday mornings, simmer all day, divide up into containers and put a bunch in fridge and bunch in the freezer. I get about 10 meals out of one pot and that usually gets me to the next Sunday morn. Rinse and repeat.
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