College meals grow up
They were your go-to meals in college. You know, those dinners you threw together when you were too busy, too lazy or — gulp — too hungover to make an effort.It’s not a bad thing to keep comfort food in your life. Fresh ingredients and a little planning can upgrade college plates to satisfy post-college palates. Plus, all of the dishes below can be made without an oven, so they’re great for these hot summer days. Mini pizzas
Top whole-grain bagel or English muffin halves with tomato sauce, basil leaves, fresh sliced mozzarella and cracked pepper. Then, pop them in a toaster oven. Mac and cheese
You can still make it from the blue box, but this time around, stir in some flaked white tuna, frozen peas and chopped red onion before it’s served. Ramen noodles
Prepare as you did mid-study session and add cooked shrimp, a raw egg (think egg-drop soup) and fresh shredded lettuce while it’s still hot. Spaghetti and bottled sauce
Switch to a skinnier pasta — capellini works — and add a dash of olive oil to the water while it’s boiling. Create your own sauce using canned crushed tomatoes, chopped red onions and green peppers, sliced olives, a bay leaf and loads of black pepper. In fact, canned tomato sauce is a great (and cheap!) base. Simply add spices and a bit of fresh cheese and no one will know it’s not homemade.
Use thick slices of whole-wheat bread or challah and ditch Kraft singles for a fresh white cheddar or smoked gouda. Add sliced tomatoes before you toss that baby in the pan. You can also add ham, turkey, Canadian bacon or avocado, portobellos, really… anything.