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100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student


Most students don’t have a lot of cash to spend on food, but that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here we’ll share 100 tasty recipes that you can make on the cheap. Along with saving money on meals, budget-savvy students can also save big on a college education by attending inexpensive online colleges.

Breakfast

Get a good start to your day with these cheap-o breakfasts.

  1. Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
  2. Puff pastry chicken and bacon: You can make bacon and chicken in puff pastry using this recipe.
  3. Microwave scrambled eggs: Make scrambled eggs in the microwave with this recipe.
  4. Breakfast burritos: You can make these burritos ahead for a quick microwave breakfast.
  5. Onion quiche: This quiche makes a delicious, incredibly cheap breakfast.
  6. Omelet in a bag: Boil eggs and some handy ingredients for this simple, cheap omelet.
  7. Frittata: Add eggs to cheese, vegetables, and herbs you have handy in your fridge to make a frittata.

Ramen

A college staple gets dressed up in these recipes.

  1. Antipasto ramen salad: With ramen, pepperoni, black olives, onion, and Italian dressing, you’ll find yourself with a great ramen salad.
  2. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: This dish makes a delicious stir fry from ramen.
  3. Chinese style ramen with veggies: Make your ramen a little bit healthier with some vegetables added in.
  4. Ramen noodle alfredo: Turn your ramen noodles Italian with this recipe.
  5. Beef & Broccoli Ramen: Add some meat and veggies to your ramen to make this dish.
  6. Spring ramen salad: Take a fresh approach to ramen with recipe.
  7. Hamburger ramen: Ground beef with ramen makes for a great meal.
  8. Chicken hollandaise ramen: Add chicken and hollandaise to your ramen for this meal.
  9. Egg drop noodle soup: You’ll combine ramen, eggs, and flour to make this tasty soup.
  10. Lo mein ramen: Follow this recipe for ramen lo mein style.
  11. Creamy veggies and ramen: Add celery soup and vegetables to ramen, and you’ll have a great meal.
  12. Pasta ramen salad: Use ramen as the base to make this delicious pasta salad.

Sandwiches

Use these recipes to step up your sandwiches.

  1. Hot Dog Egg Sandwich: Get a good portion of protein and flavor from this sandwich.
  2. Egg Salad Sandwich: Cook up some hard boiled eggs for a cheap, tasty sandwich that’s really versatile.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwich: This sandwich is a delicious hybrid of grilled ham, cheese, and french toast.
  4. Grilled chicken and apple sandwich: This hot sandwich is healthy, affordable, and delicious.
  5. Canned salmon sandwich: Add celery, horseradish, and swiss cheese for a delicious, healthy meal from a can.
  6. Turkey, chutney and avocado grilled sandwich: This sandwich is an exotic, cheap treat.
  7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The classic college staple, grilled cheese sandwiches pack a lot of flavor for very little cost.

One Pot

These simple recipes can be pulled off in one pot.

  1. Creamy cauliflower soup: This vegetable soup is cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty.
  2. Cheap chili: Use chopped beef, tomatoes, and more for this cheap chili.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup: Take advantage of cheap winter vegetables with this soup.
  4. Slow cooker BBQ chicken: Combine cut up chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce for this recipe.
  5. Crockpot lemon chicken: Get inexpensive cuts of chicken and make this lemony meal for lots of flavor without lots of money.
  6. Minestrone soup: Eat this classic soup for a healthy, cheap meal.
  7. Cheeseburger soup: This soup is hearty enough to be a meal.
  8. Slightly Italian crockpot chicken recipe: With chicken, artichoke, onions, and spices, you’ll get an Italian chicken meal in a slow cooker.
  9. Cranberry pot roast: Beef roast and cranberries offer a lot of flavor in this crockpot meal.
  10. Crockpot potato soup: Make this soup from chicken broth and potatoes.
  11. Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder: This hearty chowder is great for winter eating.
  12. Chilled avocado soup: Check out this recipe for a healthy, refreshing treat.
  13. Slow cooker pulled pork: Make pork shoulder in the crock pot using this recipe.
  14. Middle East Chicken Soup: This ethnic chicken soup is a cheap, tasty, treat.
  15. Bean soup: In this bean soup recipe, you’ll find lots of protein for just a little money.

Salads

Use these healthy recipes to make cheap, delicious salads.

  1. Caesar salad: Combine romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing for a classic salad.
  2. Simple spinach salad: In this tasty salad you’ll find sweet pears and spinach.
  3. Bowtie Pasta Salad: Throw together some pasta, tomatoes, and other vegetables for this salad.
  4. Cucumber salad: This salad is fresh, delicious, and cheap.
  5. Caprese salad: This caprese salad is simple and delicious.
  6. Chicken Caesar salad: Eat this recipe as a salad, or put it into a wrap for a healthy, cheap treat.
  7. Simple green salad: Here you’ll find a simple, inexpensive salad with great flavor.
  8. Pecan mandarin orange salad: Get a bright and sweet salad from this recipe.
  9. Cucumber salad with sour cream: This salad is cheap and refreshing.
  10. Salmon orzo salad: With salmon filets, or even canned salmon, you can put together this salad treat.

Casserole

You’ll find delicious casseroles in these recipes.

  1. O’Brien Casserole: Use O’Brien potatoes, beans, lean meat, and some veggies for a great potato casserole.
  2. Baked Tuna Chow Mein Microwave Casserole: Pop this tuna casserole in the microwave for a quick meal.
  3. Easy cheap casserole: This casserole combines easy, affordable ingredients.
  4. Penne Pasta Casserole: Make this tasty pasta casserole for $3 or less.
  5. Meatloaf: ground beef combined with ketchup, onions, and more makes a great meal for less than a dollar per serving.
  6. Four Bean Casserole: This casserole is popular at potlucks and with barbequed meals.
  7. Tuna casserole: With canned tuna, you can make a healthy, delicious tuna casserole on the cheap.

Pizza & Pasta

Get your grains with these recipes.

  1. Microwave Mexican pizza: Use tortillas, cheese, salsa, and sour cream for this pizza.
  2. Bagel pizza: Use this recipe to make pizza on a bagel.
  3. Spaghetti: Pick up multigrain pasta with tomato sauce and mushroom for a big meal without a big budget.
  4. Feast of Pasta: Create this casserole with pasta, onions, and other simple ingredients.
  5. Shrimp with ricotta sauce on pasta: Upgrade your pasta dish with this recipe.
  6. Easy calzones: Use cheese, vegetables, and pepperoni in these easy calzones.
  7. Olio e Aglio Pasta: This side dish combines angel hair with oil and garlic.
  8. Pasta salad: Combine your favorite pasta with salad dressing, and olives, vegetables, or herbs you have handy.
  9. Pasta and Ricotta Cheese: This pasta favorite is a crowd pleaser.

Entrees

These recipes offer affordable main dishes.

  1. Baked potato: Often served as sides, a baked potato can be the main dish-just add lean meat, beans, or chili.
  2. Mexican hot dogs: This twist on hot dogs is extra delicious.
  3. Chili: With beef, tomatoes, and beans, you can make a delicious chili.
  4. Tuna patties: Put tuna, egg, relish, crumbs, salad dressing, and other simple ingredients together to create yummy tuna patties.
  5. Cheap beef stroganoff: This recipe offers a cheap version of beef stroganoff.
  6. Vegetarian chili: Use soy protein, tomatoes, and beans for a protein and fiber packed chili without any meat.
  7. Eggplant parmesan: Eggplant parmesan makes a cheap and delicious vegetarian meal.
  8. Vegetarian sweet and sour tofu: If you’re looking for a great vegetarian meal on the cheap, check out this recipe.
  9. Parmesan chicken: With breadcrumbs, parmesan, and chicken, you can make this very tasty main dish.
  10. BBQ chicken: Slather chicken with barbeque sauce, pop it in the oven, and enjoy.
  11. Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken: Make some delicious chicken in a slow cooker with this recipe.
  12. Salmon patties: Use canned salmon, bread crumbs, and other simple ingredients for this healthy, cheap dish.
  13. Meatballs and orzo: Make these easy meatballs instead of using store bought frozen ones.

Sides

Use these recipes to complement your entrees on the cheap.

  1. Buttered baby carrots: Sweet, tender carrots make up this side dish.
  2. Roasted asparagus: Follow this simple recipe for a healthy, cheap vegetable side.
  3. Spicy mac: Make macaroni and cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce.
  4. Garlic toast: Use this recipe for delicious garlic bread that will please any taste.
  5. Microwave macaroni and cheese: Make your own homemade mac and cheese in the microwave.
  6. Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes: Pesto, ricotta, and tomatoes come together for this delicious side that’s great for potlucks.
  7. Scalloped potatoes: These scalloped potatoes are easy and creamy.
  8. Bean and rice salad: This salad is delicious and cheap.
  9. Green beans amandine: With this recipe, you can omit almonds for even more money savings.
  10. Onion scones: In these simple scones, you’ll find lots of flavor.
  11. Potato croquettes: These croquettes are a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes.
  12. Twice-baked potatoes (microwave): Make this cheap potato classic in the microwave for easy cooking.
  13. Broccoli and cauliflower salad: This salad is cheap and packed full of nutrients.

Desserts

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these affordable dessert recipes.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies: Create cookies with chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or even pretzels with this recipe.
  2. 1 step brownies: Turn a chocolate box cake into simple, cheap brownies using this recipe.
  3. Balsamic strawberries with marscapone cheese: A few delicious ingredients make for a tasty, cheap treat.
  4. Cheap and quick cookies: This recipe will show you how to turn cake into cookies.
  5. Lemonade pie: Simple ingredients go into this delicious, cheap pie.
  6. Easy baked apples: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and raisins come together in this microwave recipe.
  7. Super easy microwave peanut butter fudge: Only two simple ingredients to into this peanut butter fudge.

October 13th, 2009 written by Site Administrator

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