31 Foods You Should Learn To Make In College

Becoming a real person means you need to figure out that whole cooking-for-yourself thing.

1. Eggs (at least two ways)

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Click here if you want to keep it classy with scrambled eggs or here to get fried.

2. Chicken Breast

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Just tell yourself that this baked chicken recipe is healthier than fried chicken (even if that might not be true).

3. Bacon

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Impress your friends during boozy brunch by making perfect bacon.

4. Avocado Toast

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Your go-to breakfast is this easy.

5. Stir Fry

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Made with tofu or no-fu way, this recipe is doable even on the busiest nights.

6. Grilled Cheese

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For more food porn, and grilled cheeses that will prep your stomach to handle a night of questionable choices, click here.

7. Fancy Instant Ramen

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Utilize Instant Ramen in a real way with this recipe.

8. Easy Pizza

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Whether it’s pita, flat bread or store-bought dough, click here to find multiple recipes for homemade pizza.

9. Microwave Cake

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It’s not that you’re incompetent, but this recipe is just too easy to pass up when you’re craving dessert.

10. Green Smoothie

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You’re going to try one like this sooner or later, might as well start getting in those greens now.

11. Healthy Wrap

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A staple lunch option you won’t feel guilty after eating or stressed out about preparing.

12. Overnight Oats

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Discover the method to this trendy madness (+ a quicker start to your morning) here.

13. Sweet Potato Fries

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Better than frozen and a good way to get rid of those sweet potatoes you forgot about in the pantry (we’ve all done it). Find out how to bake them here.

14. Guacamole

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Stop wishing you had a bowl of guac to yourself and go ahead and make it. Yes, we’re giving you permission to eat as much as you want. Watch this video now.

15. Roasted Vegetables

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Making roasted veggies will save your precious time you’d rather be spend doing productive things, like stalking your high school friends on Facebook.

16. French Toast

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Anything labeled “French” sounds fancy, but we promise you can do this any morning of the week.

17. Chili

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For the big game, or for chilly days, use this recipe.

18. Mac N’ Cheese

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You don’t even need a reason to make your own mac and these other comforting childhood recipes.

19. Baked Potato

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Click here to get baking—your potatoes of course.

20. Chopped Salad

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Chop up this recipe for your daily dose of veg and store for the week.

21. Hummus

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Don’t worry—you can use a blender if you don’t have a food processor for this recipe.

22. The Eggocado

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There’s not much more to life than an egg baked into an avocado. Find out how to do it here.

23. How To Cook With Beer

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Learn how to repurpose your leftover beer with these recipes.

24. Penne Pasta

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Plain or with veggies, this recipe is simple, yet necessary to college survival.

25. Mini Bagel Breakfast Sliders

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You shouldn’t graduate without knowing how to put together a mean breakfast sandwich.

26. Tuna Sala

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Put those tuna cans to good use.

27. Quinoa Salad

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There’s no longer an excuse not to eat quinoa anymore. Make this salad every day for lunch.

28. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies are perfect to pop in the oven during a study break (cue procrastination). If you’re feeling fancy, add bacon to this classic recipe,

29. Fruit Smoothie

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Make a smoothie, even without fresh fruit, with this recipe.

30. Salmon

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Seriously, you can cook this flaky, healthy fish without even trying. Click here for the recipe.

31. Yogurt Parfait

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Mason jars are the Superman lunch boxes of college, but regardless this parfait recipe is a must.

This list was compiled by Rachel Williamson. For more Spoon articles, click here, or like us on Facebook.

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