We’ve all heard of the freshman 15, and I can tell you firsthand that it’s a very real thing. However, the reason why freshmen gain weight isn’t because they particularly like pizza (or whatever it is that they choose to order), it’s because they don’t know how to make easy-to-cook meals that taste great. Let’s change that!
Use a rice cooker
Rice is dirt cheap. Seriously. A pack of instant noodles (one serving) costs about $0.26 while 50 to 60 servings of rice can be bought for $5.00. That means a single serving of rice averages out to just over $0.08. Not only is rice super affordable, it’s also really easy to cook. All you have to do is add some rice and water to the rice cooker, and about 30 minutes later you’ve got some steaming hot rice you can enjoy with just about any side!
Buy pasta and pasta sauce wholesale
Pasta is something that everyone can enjoy because its taste varies widely with whichever pasta sauce is used. Personally I like buying the 4kg Griss Pasta pack because it comes in a zip lock bag which allows me to reseal it after each use (it’s also cheaper compared to other smaller packs). In terms of pasta sauce, I prefer the PC Arrabbiata sauce because it’s got a subtle spiciness that I love, however you can experiment as you wish until you find the perfect sauce. Another reason why I love pasta is because it takes less than 10 minutes to cook an entire meal; 2 minutes to boil water, 7 minutes to cook the pasta, then <1 minute to serve it. All in all, you can’t really go wrong with pasta, you just need to keep experimenting until you find the taste you love!
Use a slow cooker
Every time I mention slow cookers to my friends I’m genuinely surprised by how many of them don’t know what that is. A slow cooker is a kitchen appliance that basically cooks food really slowly (surprise!); it heats whatever you put inside of it to a simmer for several hours. You may be wondering why a slow cooker is good for students if it takes so long to cook meals. The answer is, because a slow cooker is by far the easiest way of making a meal. For example, if you know you’ll be home late every Friday and not get the chance to cook dinner you can simply throw in whatever you have lying around in your fridge into the slow cooker in the morning, and by the time you come home you’ll have a meal ready to go!