Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Poor Kid's Diet

College is hard. Being broke with a shitty job or just living on student loans and government funding is hard.
Lately, just living and being an honest working Samaritan is a pain in the ass for anyone.

Being hard pressed for time between classes, homework, studying, being social, and having a job in one measly week can leave you exhausted. Maybe you crave the ease and success of a McDonald's one dollar hamburger. Maybe you want and feel the need to reward yourself with a greasy, fatty, completely unhealthy burger or taco. It's right down the road from your house. You don't need to cook and dirty dishes. You don't need to worry about it, it's on your way home. It may cost 3 bucks, but that's okay, right?

Not if you don't have that $3 to spare!

Ramen is easily one of the most college diet oriented foods known. It's simple, freeze dried noodles. Add to boiling water. Let noodles absorb. Break open package and stir. Costs an entire 30 cents! (The other $2 goes to your energy drink, duh!)

The Official Ramen Homepage has a lot of random information on it, including some recipes. But a few sites you really need to hit for Ramen recipes is RamenliciousCollege Survival Guide: Part 1, or Budget101's Ramen section. CSG and Budget101 both offer around 50 or so ways to cook Ramen. From especially easy recipes to deserts and snacks. Ramenlicious offers Healthy, traditional Japanese, Extreme, and Quick sections for recipes. It's easy to navigate, which is a plus when you're an exhausted, hungry college student.
Some of the cooler (and simpler) Ramen recipes come from a Ram Charger forum! Located here, it's easily some of the coolest and most creative simple recipes! A lot of them are guys, bachelors, or retired Army men!

Now let's move away from Ramen, shall we? By the time most people graduate college they never want to see or think of a Ramen noodle again.

DieselKoala had the brilliant idea of boiling a bag of rice + bouillon cube + stir fry veggies.  Or a can of green beans and bacon bits sauteed in a dab of butter.

Squidoo has the "Essential College Student Cooking Kit" listed, along with recommended cookbooks, and their opinion of  the Top 10 Easiest Recipes (more like just healthy, not too sure on the easy part...).
YumYum takes Squidoos Essential List and expands it. They don't only have utensils, but also spices and definitions to cookbooks (including what broiling does to most meats). They have an extensive recipe list from deserts to vegetarian, from appetizers to ethnic. All relatively quick and simple.
Food.com even has a 'college budget' section. (A lot of them being microwave reliant, but really... Whatever, right?)
Super College Chef is another blog, sorta like this one, where she tells you easy recipes. She may not update all the time, but she has been around for awhile and some are even more recent entries (which is so nice to see!). And they look delicious, which makes up for a lack of posting.

Eating healthy is hard enough, eating healthy while in college is nearly impossible. (Hell, eating more than once a day seems like an impossible task!) There are many resources to the internet, including people who want to help you be healthy, easier, and cheaper. Getting creative with your food is a luxurious task no one thinks they have time for.
Plus, there's always couponing if you're still broke. ;)

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