Everyone has a favorite food they like to eat, and every cook has a favorite recipe they like to make. As I spend more time in the kitchen, I find I like to make certain foods more than others. In fact, I would prefer to bake rather than cook, but unfortunately, cupcakes and cookies aren’t a staple food group. Here in this post I am going to share some of my favorite things to cook and bake, and if I can make it, you certainly can, too! We’ll start with some appetizers, move into dinners and end with dessert. So grab that pen and notepad and take notes because these are some great dishes!
Appetizers can be some of the easiest things to cook, in other words, they are very college-friendly. Next time you are having some friends over or going to a meeting where you need to bring a dish, try out these easy recipes!
The latest issue of EveryDay with Rachael Ray grabbed my attention while I was grocery shopping when I saw the headline 50 Super Bowl Dips. These are very easy to make and normally don’t require much time or ingredients. Here are some of my favorites from the list in Ray’s magazine.
Serves 6 Prep 10 minutes (plus sitting)
4 avacados, peeled and pitted
1 clove of garlic, finely grated
2 tablespoons of chopped white onion
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
3 teaspoons of lime juice
1/2 teaspoons of salt
First, mash the avacados with a fork until smooth. Stir in the garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for two hours. Serve with chips and a margarita (if you are 21 or older)!
For a tropical variation of guacamole follow the above recipe but add in some chopped mango and habanero chile for a sweet and spicy kick!
2. Buffalo Hot Cheese Dip
Serves 6 Cook 5 mintues
1/4 cup of white wine
6 oz of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon of flour
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
Rotisserie chicked, shredded
In a saucepan, heat the wine over medium heat. Add the cheese, flour and mustard. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently until hot and smooth. Depending on how spicy you want it, add your own amount of hot sauce and chicken to the cheese dip.
Everyone college student loves a home-cooked meal since most of us are too busy to actually cook. These dinner recipes will make you think your mom came over to make dinner for you! They are really easy to follow, but take a little more time to make. In the end, you will be happy you spent 45 minutes cooking when your roommates are raving about your delicious dish!
I actually found out about this dish from my roommate, Megan. She was saying how her mom made it for her all of the time. My other roommates and I decided that it sounded really good so I found a recipe online at Blog Chef, changed the ingredients up a little and gave it a try. Let’s just say between the four of us there weren’t any leftovers!
1. Tater Tot Casserole
1 pound of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of milk
18 ounces (1/2 bag) of frozen tater tots
2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a skillet, add the ground beef and onion and cook until the meat is brown. While the meat is cooking, lightly grease a casserole dish and put the soup and milk in the dish. After the meat is done cooking, add it to the soup and milk mixture making sure to mix everything together. Top the casserole dish with the frozen tater tots then sprinkle the cheese on top of the tots. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the over for 40 minutes. Feel free to work on some homework while the dish is baking! After 40 mintues, take off the foil and bake for another 15 or until the tots are crispy!
2. Breaded Chicken Breast
Breaded chicken breast is very easy to make! Since it is plain it gives you the freedom to add any side dish you want. I prefer stuffing and mashed potatoes with mine, but if you want something else feel free to create your own!
First, pour a good amount of bread crumbs into a large bowl. Then take the uncooked and unfrozen chicken breast and place them in a large plastic bag. Pour a good amount of olive oil in the plastic bag. Close the bag and shake making sure all of the chicken in getting covered in the olive oil. After that place the chicken breast in the bowl of bread crumbs and make sure to cover the whole piece. Then after you have covered the chicken breast place it in a dish and in the oven. Chicken normally cooks for about 30 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Last but not least, my favorite part of any meal: dessert. There is a huge variety of desserts you can make from cookies to cupcakes to brownies. Desserts can be very easy to make, too! Anyone can pour cake mix from a box into a bowl and cook or break apart pre-made cookie dough, but nothing is better than a dessert made from scratch!
I came across this recipe while browsing my favorite recipe website. Luckily for me, it was right around Christmas time, which is the perfect excuse to try out a new cookie recipe! Out of the 10 different kinds of Christmas cookies I baked (yes, I really did bake 10 different kinds) these were one of my favorites!
1. Cookies and Cream Cookies (the website I got the recipe from calls them Oreo Pudding Cookies, but I liked my title better!)
1 cup of butter, room temperature
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of sugar
1 (4oz) package of Oreo pudding mix
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 Hershey’s Cookies and Cream chocolate bars, broken into small pieces
2 cups of chocolate chips
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the flour and baking soda together then set the bowl aside. Beat the butter, brown sugar and sugar together. Then beat in the pudding mix (you don’t actually make the pudding) once that is mixed in well beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour and baking soda mixture. After all of that is beat together, use a spoon a stir in the candy bar pieces and chocolate chips. Place the cookie dough into round balls on a baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes.
Now this next recipe isn’t really a dessert, but I made them recently, and I HAVE to share the recipe. These muffins were completely gone in less than 24 hours. I found this recipe on Pintrest. Social media is a great place to share recipes, and I am going to talk about that in future post!
2. Snickerdoodle Muffins
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of sour cream
1 package of cinnamon chips
1 tablespoon of flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
First, preheat the oven to 35o degrees. Next you are going to want to spray a muffin pan or use liners (I prefer using liners because you can find super cute ones and it is easier to clean). In a small bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add the eggs, vanilla and sour cream to the mixture beating well. Then add the flour mixture to the large bowl and beat until everything is mixed. Stir in the cinnamon chips. Add the batter to the muffin pans. In a small bowl mix the two tablespoons of sugar and two teaspoons of cinnamon. Sprinkle that mixture on top of the batter in the muffin pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes!
I hope you enjoyed this first post, and I have inspired all of you college kids to get in the kitchen and cook! I would love to hear all of your favorite recipes!