Quick and Easy Recipes!

Female Student cooking
It is possible to keep yourself AND your wallet healthy and full!


Key Points

  • It is important to eat healthily in college, and you can do so without draining your bank account.
  • Plan your recipes ahead, using cookbooks such as "How to Eat Healthy on a Budget" which show you the cost per serving you'll be adding to your budget.


Eating well on a tight budget

It is possible keep yourself AND your wallet healthy and full!  It is important to do both of those things, especially in college.  As you use this time to prepare for the future, you need nutrients to keep your mind clear to optimize your learning and retention, and let's face it: Ramen just doesn't do the trick every day.  Here are some great recipes that can help you keep your body and bank account happy:


A Cookbook Designed for You!

BYU Dietetics interns created "How to Eat Healthy on a Budget" especially for university students who don't want to sacrifice their health or their wallets.  This cookbook even includes the cost-per-serving of every recipe so you can create a delicious meal plan within your budget.  It's a great tool to help you plan your meals right, even if you're short on time and money.  The following videos are easy-to-follow tutorials for recipes in this cookbook:

Delicious Fried Rice

Quick and Easy Chicken Alfredo

Mushroom Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Two Gourmet Grilled Chesses

Black Bean Quesadilla

Black Bean Quesadilla

1Tsp of oil

1tsp of garlic salt

1/4 cup of chopped garlic

sautee together

then add 1/2 cup of black beans

heat tortilla

add bean mixture

add cheese

and fold quesadilla



Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

2 tsp oil in pot

add 1/2 cup of onions


add 1 med sweet potato peeled and diced

1 tbsp taco seasoning


add 8 0z chunky salsa

1 can of broth

stir and continue to cook until it boils

add 1 cup of water

1 can of black beans


serve when ready

Southwest Eggs and Toast

add non stick spray to frying pan

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 can diced green chile

saute together

1 tsp garlic salt 

1 dash of pepper

continue to saute 

push combination to one side of frying pan

add eggs to the other side of the frying pan and scramble

add 1/2 red bell pepper

1/2 can of black beans 

and stir the entire contents to gether

add 1/4 cup of cheese

serve with two slices of toast

Southwest Skillet


Good and Cheap Cookbook

Good and Cheap is another great book for healthy recipes, capping off at around $4 each day.  It's another quick-and-easy resource for starving students on a tight budget!


MIX!: a BYU Recipe Magazine

Did you know that BYU also has an online recipe magazine designed for students like you?  Visit mix.byu.edu to get access to regularly updated recipes created to save your budget and your pallet!


Recipes for Dating!

Are you hoping to show off your frugal-yet-scrumptious cooking skills to a special someone?  Then BYU's Two Magazine has a great resource for you! Visit two.byu.edu/recipes to access these great recipes which are sure to impress!

1 1/2  tsp oil to frying pan

1/ 2 cup of onions

1/2 cup of tomatoes

2 tsp of garlic salt

1 tsp of italian seasoning

1 tsp of cumin

saute together on medium heat

then addd 1/2 cup of cooked rice

1 can rinsed black beans

and mix together

turn of heat and add 1/2 cup of shredded chease

then serve and top it with cilantro