Broke - Recipes for College Students

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broke (adj.) having completely run out of money; frequently used to describe the life of college students.

sooo... you are here... I know… I know… For us students, cooking is overrated, and it’s always easier to grab fast food. However, we are all too broke to order takeaway everyday. Sometimes, we are also too broken to prepare a full meal.

...learn from the masters! Taking a few minutes to prepare a homemade meal can be nutritious and therapeutic to get through those classes, study sessions and part-time jobs. On the following pages, we reveal the best recipes for different circumstances in the life of a college student. Just consider us a survival kit of meal planning for your stressful college journey!

running-late day Do you ever find yourself running late to class on regular and just skipping breakfast entirely? As a “set-it-and-forget-it” recipe, overnight oats is an ideal breakfast that provides your needed nutrition while getting out the door as quickly as possible.


4 min. prep

176 kcal

berry and chia overnight oats (or the ‘i-have-myself-together’ recipe)

ingredients ⅔ cup milk ⅓ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon chia seeds ½ medium banana, mashed 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries ¼ cup chopped walnuts

how to make Combine milk, yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and banana in a mixing bowl and stir together well.

Divide oat mixture into two jars with lids. Top each with half the blueberries, strawberries, walnuts.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

hangover day Bestie, we’ve all been there. Waking up with an empty stomach and a splitting headache while hoping to get yourself together before your 8 a.m. class has never been the ideal situation. Sweet, salty, rich and crunchy, the pork and peanut dragon noodles hits all the right spots and makes you ready in no time.

pork and peanut dragon noodles (or ‘i-regret-every-decision-i-made-last-night’ recipe)

ingredients ¼ cup chili garlic sauce ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup brown sugar ½ lb. ground pork 2 3oz. packages ramen noodles 3 green onions, sliced


25 min. total

655.8 kcal

how to make Combine the chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a bowl. Add the ground pork to a skillet and cook over medium heat until it is fully browned. Once browned, add the prepared dragon sauce and chopped peanuts. Allow the pork and peanuts to simmer in the sauce for another 5 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by half. While the pork is browning, begin boiling water for your noodles. Once boiling, add your noodles and cook according to the package directions. Drain the noodles in a colander. Once the sauce has reduced and the noodles have drained, add the noodles to the skillet and toss until everything is combined and coated in sauce. Top with sliced green onions and serve!

productive day Once a popular snack on social media and popped up on many restaurant menus since the pandemic, avocado-egg toast is a perfect recipe for your productive day. Avocados contain high levels of healthy fats and provide a great source of protein to feel energetic all day long. Simple, healthy, and Instagrammable, this recipe will not disappoint you like your ex.

avocado-egg toast (or ‘white-woman-instagram’ recipe)

ingredients ¼ avocado ¼ teaspoon ground pepper ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1 slice whole-wheat bread, toasted 1 large egg, fried 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional) 1 tablespoon scallion, sliced (optional)

how to make Combine avocado, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl and gently mash. Top toast with the avocado mixture and fried egg. Garnish with sriracha and scallion, if desired.


30 min. total

502 kcal


30 min. total

502 kcal

sick day Restore your body, heal your mind, and even fix your broken heart—is there anything more comforting than a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup? Egg noodles, juicy chicken, vegetables, garlic, and herbs all come together quickly in a hearty broth with just a hint of lemon. Let’s get everything done in 30 minutes!

homemade chicken noodle soup (or ‘i-miss-my-mom’ recipe)

ingredients 12 oz. wide egg noodles

2 cups water

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 lemon juice

3 cups shredded chicken

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 white or yellow onion - diced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh

3 teaspoons minced garlic

rosemary - or ½ teaspoon

3 large carrots - chopped

Provence or Italian herb blend

4 cups chicken broth

1 cup frozen peas

how to make Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add noodles, boil until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water, toss with olive oil, and set aside. In a large stock pot, melt butter. Stir in garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add chicken broth, water, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Bring to a boil and cook 5-10 minutes.

Stir in chicken, peas, noodles and cook 3-5 minutes.

Taste, add salt and pepper to taste if needed. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and serve.

date night Dating in college doesn’t have to be a financial burden. Having a homemade dinner at your place is always a nice idea to hang out with your partner. While not complicated or expensive, this recipe will give you an intimate piece of Italy for your romantic date night.

slow-roasted mediterranean spaghetti

(or ‘netflix-and-chill’ recipe) ingredients

2 large red capsicums, seeds

5 thyme sprigs - leaves picked

removed, cut into large wedges

20 green king prawns - peeled,

8 tomatoes, cut into quarters

deveined, tails left intact

½ cup (125ml) virgin olive oil

½ cup basil leaves - torn

3 garlic cloves, sliced

500g spaghetti

1 lemon juice

1 bunch rocket


2 hr. total

467 kcal

how to make Preheat oven to 160°C. Place capsicum and tomato in a roasting pan with the oil, garlic, lemon zest, and thyme. Season and stir gently to combine. Bake for 60 minutes until tomato and capsicum are soft. Remove from the oven, stir through the prawns and bake for a further 5 minutes to cook the prawns. Remove from the oven and stir in the torn basil, butter and lemon juice. Season to taste and set aside. Cook pasta follows the packet instructions. Drain and add hot pasta straight to the roasting pan with the prawns. Stir to coat thoroughly and season with lots of black pepper. Divide pasta and rocket between bowls and scatter with chili, to serve.

all-nighter Including tuna and greens filling, this recipe is a brainboosting fuel for your all-nighter. These high protein and low-calorie tuna wraps will release your heaviness and burden of studying, giving you the energy needed to ace your assignments!

japanese spicy tuna wrap (or ‘due-tomorrow-do-tomorrow’ recipe)

ingredients 3 oz. cans chunk light tuna ⅓ cup low-fat mayonnaise 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1 scallion, chopped 2 cups cooked brown rice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 4 10 in. whole-grain wraps 3 cups watercress leaves 1 ripe avocado, cut into 16 slices 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks reduced-sodium soy sauce (optional)


25 min. total

503 kcal

how to make Combine tuna, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and scallion in a medium bowl. Combine rice and vinegar in a small bowl. Spread ¼ of the tuna mixture over a wrap. Top with ½ cup rice, ¾ cup watercress, 4 avocado slices, and ¼ of the carrot matchsticks. Roll up and cut the wrap in quarters or in half. Repeat with the remaining filling and wraps. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired.

treat-yourself day College is stressful, and we all need a treat-yourself day to reboot your energy and prevent us from burnout. And because stressed is desserts spelt backwards, the no-bake mini cheesecake parfait recipe will lift up your spirit in the most delightful way.

mini berries cheesecake parfaits (or ‘carpe-diem’ recipe)

ingredients 2 cups sliced strawberries

¾ cup Cool Whip Lite topping

8 shortbread cookies, crushed

½ cup blueberries

¼ cup sugar

1 package of cream cheese

1 tablespoon milk

16 oz. pound cake

how to make Add cream cheese, sugar, milk, and lemon juice into a medium bowl. Mix ingredients until blended.

Stir in ¾ cup of Cool Whip to even out the cream cheese mixture.

Spoon cookie crumbs to create a bottom layer. Top with cream cheese mixture.

Cover the existing layer with strawberries, cookie crumbs, cream cheese mixture and blueberries.


30 min. total

257 kcal

hey pals,

thank you, professor carrie osgood & julia nguyen for helping me with this project!

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