Savory, spice, and other food advice

Calasandra Spray (TheLorian)

Living on one’s own can be difficult. Learning to cook can be even more difficult. With our lives on the go, our kitchens as shared spaces, and a lack of energy after a long day of classes, work, sports, and clubs, it can be hard to cook. Unfortunately, Instant Ramen and cups of Mac-n-Cheese aren’t always going to cut it. The following are no-hassle recipes that are cheap, because let’s face it: we’re all broke, easy, and require no fancy cooking techniques. 

Toasted Avocado Sandwich: All that’s needed is ten minutes, a cutting board, and a toaster (optional). As a personal favorite, this sandwich is an easy way to get your daily dose of vegetables. First, put the bread in the toaster. I find that a nice dark rye bread or a country cottage bread complements the sandwich nicely. Then, thinly slice half a tomato and half an avocado. When both are sliced and the bread is toasted, layer pre-sliced cheese and the sliced produce on the bread. If looking for something a little fancier, drizzle balsamic vinegar and/or add fresh basil to the sandwich. 

Sriracha Scrambled Eggs: If one likes spice, this is a great dish to make. An easy ten-minute recipe, sriracha eggs consists of butter, eggs, half-and-half, and sriracha sauce. A good rule of measurement is one tablespoon of half-and-half and sriracha per two eggs. In a bowl, beat the desired number of eggs with the corresponding amounts of half-and-half and sriracha. This is where it’s ideal to add salt and pepper to taste. Adding the spices here allows them to really settle into the dish and give off their full flavor. Next, set a pan on medium heat and melt a pad of butter so that it coats the bottom. When the pan is warm and the bottom is coated, pour the egg mixture into it and stir occasionally until the eggs are done. When they are done, they should still be soft to the touch but not goopy or runny. 

Eggs n’ Fries: This dish is similar to eggs and hash, except without all the work of shredding up potatoes. All that’s needed are frozen French fries, eggs, butter, and salt and pepper. Melt a pat of butter in a pan on medium heat. Once the butter is melted, throw in the fries, making sure to stir them. After roughly three to five minutes, the fries should be browned; this is when one will want to crack in your desired amount of eggs. Pinch in salt and pepper to taste, then continue gentle stirring until the eggs are cooked. This will take about another three minutes. When that’s done, everyone is set to eat. If one wants to add a bit more flavor to the dish, they can always sprinkle shredded cheese over the top for gooey deliciousness. 

Tuna Casserole: This dish takes a little more time, roughly 45 minutes, but is worth the wait. On the plus side, it’s a dump meal, so there is minimal effort involved. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then in a nine-by-thirteen baking dish, pour three cups of macaroni; one five-ounce tuna can (drained); and one can of condensed cream soup (mushroom, chicken, or celery all work well). Stir these together and then top with roughly a cup of cheese. When the oven is warm, then pop it in. Perhaps while it cooks, one could do a little studying. After about 25 minutes, the mixture should be bubbly and ready to be topped with a handful of fried onions. It will bake for another five minutes to let the onions get crispy. This is a dish that reheats well, so it’s good to make large batches of it and eat all week. Additionally, if one can master this easy tuna casserole, there are a plethora of casserole recipes that take similar effort and can be found with a quick Google search. 

As the provider of critical nourishment and energy, food should always be a priority. Hopefully, with these simple meals, everyone will have an easier time keeping themselves fed. If one doesn’t have the energy some nights, Ramen and cups of Mac-n-Cheese are always an option. However, food fuels our minds, which are tirelessly working so that we can achieve our dreams. Thus, we ought to give them the nourishment they deserve. Enjoy cooking!

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