Forty easy recipes for college students that perfectly fit into your busy life attending school or living on your own. These easy recipes can be prepared in a dorm room or a small apartment kitchen. They can be made in a microwave, an oven, a toaster oven or a stove. No-bake recipes too! A variety of wonderful homemade meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert options.
Cooking in college can sometimes be a challenge. Due to this we’ve gathered easy recipes for college students, including breakfast, dinner and dessert ideas, that are perfect for cooking in a dorm or small apartment.
Understanding how busy college students are these days, we have a comprehensive list 40 easy recipes for college students. These easy college meals include simple and delicious recipes are easy to cook and are perfect for busy college students.
The college recipes categories include what appliance you’ll need; microwave, stove, oven, or toaster oven. We’ve even got a special section for breakfast recipes and dessert recipes.
Click on the recipe category to go right to the recipes:
- Meals Cooked On A Stove
- Meals Baked In An Oven
- Meals Made In A Toaster Oven
- Meals Made With A Food Processor
- Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Easy Dessert Recipes Made In A Microwave
- Quick and Easy “Non-Recipe” Recipes
- No Bake Cheesecake Recipes
- Easy Dessert Recipes
Each of these easy recipes for college students is accessible by clicking the link for each meal and then going to the bottom of the specific meal’s page.
Easy College Meals Cooked On A Stove
This tasty casserole is made with a rich and creamy homemade sauce. You won’t find any canned sauce here. Comfort food for one that is simple and healthy.
Spicy ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese between crisp layers of crunchy tostadas. You’ll need the stove to brown the ground beef in this recipe and you’ll also need an oven to melt the cheese. This taco casserole is easy to make and budget-friendly too. Plus, there’s even a recipe included for a small amount of homemade taco seasoning!
Made with 1 cooked chicken breast (or thighs), canned diced tomatoes, onions and a red pepper along with flavorful, aromatic spices.
A classic Louisiana dish made with garlic, onions, green bell peppers and tomatoes. It’s slightly spicy and incredibly delicious!
Made with lean ground turkey, chopped red peppers and sweetened with molasses. Lower in fat and calories than a traditional Sloppy Joe sandwich and even more delicious!
Easy College Meals Baked In An Oven
This creamy, low-carb crustless quiche is made with salty ham and Swiss cheese. It’s so full of flavor, you’ll never even miss the crust!
This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate comfort food recipe for one!
These tender and juicy chicken drumsticks are served on a bed of seasoned roasted carrots, onions and garlic. It’s a quick and easy one-pan meal.
These delicious golden baked chicken tenders cook in 20 minutes!
Pull apart bread baked in a small baking dish. Made with biscuit dough, cheese and pepperoni.
Easy College Meals To Make In A Toaster Oven
These scones are loaded with whole juicy berries which provide the perfect amount of sweetness. When the scones bake, the berries inside become soft and deliver a fresh burst of flavor with each bite.
Quick and easy recipe to bake rice in your toaster oven (or oven). Perfectly cooked rice every time!
Quick, easy and delicious Broiled Salmon with Roasted Zucchini, for one! Made in the toaster oven in under 10 minutes.
These Fish Tacos are topped with a sweet curried Broccoli Slaw. The fish can be cooked quickly in a toaster oven for a quick and easy meal that’s healthy and delicious!
Slices of toasted Italian bread topped with a flavorful basil ricotta spread, creamy mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette.
This easy sheet pan chicken recipe is what dinner dreams are made of! One chicken breast (or thigh) cooks alongside your favorite vegetables all on one sheet pan for minimal cleanup. It’s just the right amount to serve one person.
Easy College Meals Made With A Food Processor
Quick and easy homemade hummus made with canned, rinsed and drained black beans. Enjoy with raw vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips or spread on sandwiches. No tahini needed!
This simple, no-bake, luscious tart is made with a gluten-free crust which is made from dates and walnuts. Made with an avocado and cocoa powder and sweetened with a touch of melted chocolate and honey.
These naturally sweet truffles are made with dates, almonds, cashews, coconut and unsweetened cocoa powder. They’re a healthy and delicious snack with no added sugar.
A low sugar, completely healthy, milk free dessert made with a banana, an optional touch of honey and a food processor.
A simple recipe made quickly with fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan. Delicious tossed with pasta or over grilled chicken.
Easy College Breakfast Recipes
Crusty french bread topped with pesto, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. A flavorful breakfast that’s perfect for anyone cooking for one.
Healthy and delicious, this smoothie is made with pineapples, yogurt, bananas, coconut milk and sweetened with honey.
This buttery, easy to make biscuit recipe will give you a small batch of perfect biscuits.
Perfect recipe to make perfect, fluffy pancakes. This recipe yields 3 pancakes.
These delightful scones are topped with a sweet lemon glaze.
These tender, sweet muffins are made with 2 bananas. They’re perfect for breakfast or for snacking.
Easy Dessert Recipes Made In A Microwave
These candies are made with just 2 ingredients! No oven necessary.
A snack size version of a classic dessert made in the microwave. Three ingredients needed and so easy to make.
This “recipe for one” delivers a rich, smooth, incredibly delicious homemade chocolate fudge. One bowl and a microwave is all you need to make this scaled down version of my favorite easy fudge recipe!
Quick and Easy “Non-Recipe” Recipes
See how easy it is to make Overnight Oats without a recipe! A great breakfast or snack plus a recipe for Apple Spiced Overnight Oats.
This chicken salad is packed with flavor and crunch. Filled with crunchy pecans, sweet grapes and other amazing flavors. Easily made with poached chicken or the perfect recipe to use rotisserie chicken in.
A wonderfully healthy snack made by mixing your favorite seasonal fruits together. Serve with crispy cinnamon sugar chips.
No Bake Cheesecake Recipes
This light and creamy no-bake dessert has the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Made with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream.
Creamy and delicious, this no bake, cheesecake can be made in under 10 minutes!
Easy Dessert Recipes Perfect For College Students
These flourless cookies are THE BEST chocolate cookies! No flour, no butter, no oil needed. They’re fudge-like, rich, chewy and easy to make too! Made with cocoa powder, powdered sugar and chopped pecans.
One apple baked in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter underneath an oat free, buttery topping. The perfect size for a perfect dessert!
Soft, chewy and topped with a rich buttercream frosting.
A few minutes and a few ingredients are all you need to make this simple dessert recipe. Soft in the center and crisp around the edges, this cookie is the perfect quick treat.
We hope you find a few easy college meals here that you love. If you’re a busy college student and have a favorite recipe of your own, tell us about it in the comments below.
Thank you for reading. Enjoy!
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