40 Easy Recipes For College Students

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.

40 Easy College Recipes - simple single serving and small batch recipes that can be made in a dorm room or a small apartment kitchen. Tasty meals that can be made in a microwave, an oven, a toaster oven or a stove. No-bake recipes too! A great variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options. | One Dish Kitchen

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.

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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.

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.

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Easy College Meals Cooked On A Stove

Tuna Casserole For One

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.

Easy College Meals - Tuna Noodle Casserole For One | Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | One Dish Kitchen

Taco Casserole For One

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!

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Chicken Chili For One

Made with 1 cooked chicken breast (or thighs), canned diced tomatoes, onions and a red pepper along with flavorful, aromatic spices. 

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | One Dish Kitchen

Shrimp Creole For One

A classic Louisiana dish made with garlic, onions, green bell peppers and tomatoes. It’s slightly spicy and incredibly delicious!

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Shrimp Creole | One Dish Kitchen

Healthier Sloppy Joe For One

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 Meals For Busy College Students | Healthier Sloppy Joe For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy College Meals Baked In An Oven

Crustless Spinach Quiche For One

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! 

Easy College Meals | Crustless Spinach Quiche For One | One Dish Kitchen

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One

This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate comfort food recipe for one!

Easy Recipes For Single Students | Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One | One Dish Kitchen

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks 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.

Easy meals for college students | Oven Roasted Chicken Drumsticks For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Baked Italian Chicken Tenders

These delicious golden baked chicken tenders cook in 20 minutes!

Easy Meals For College Students | Chicken Tenders For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread For One

Pull apart bread baked in a small baking dish. Made with biscuit dough, cheese and pepperoni.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread For One | One Dish Kitchen

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Easy College Meals To Make In A Toaster Oven

Small Batch Berries and Cream Scones

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.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | How To Make Scones In A Toaster Oven | One Dish Kitchen

How To Bake A Single Serving Of Rice

Quick and easy recipe to bake rice in your toaster oven (or oven). Perfectly cooked rice every time!

Easy College Recipes| How To Bake A Single Serving Of Rice | One Dish Kitchen

Broiled Salmon And Zucchini For One

Quick, easy and delicious Broiled Salmon with Roasted Zucchini, for one!  Made in the toaster oven in under 10 minutes.

Easy College Recipes | Broiled Salmon and Roasted Zucchini | One Dish Kitchen

Fish Tacos With Curried Broccoli Slaw

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!  

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Fish Tacos For One | One Dish Kitchen

Caprese Toasts

Slices of toasted Italian bread topped with a flavorful basil ricotta spread, creamy mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Caprese Toasts | One Dish Kitchen

Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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.

Quick Meals For Busy College Students | Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables For One | One Dish Kitchen

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Easy College Meals Made With A Food Processor

Black Bean Hummus

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!

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Black Bean Hummus | One Dish Kitchen

Chocolate Avocado Tart

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.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Chocolate Avocado Tart For One | One Dish Kitchen

Cocoa Date Nut Truffles

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.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Healthy Date Nut Truffles | One Dish Kitchen

One Ingredient Ice Cream

A low sugar, completely healthy, milk free dessert made with a banana, an optional touch of honey and a food processor.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Healthy One Ingredient Ice Cream | One Dish Kitchen

Simple Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

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 Recipes For Busy College Students | Homemade Pesto | One Dish Kitchen

Easy College Breakfast Recipes 

Smoked Salmon With Eggs and Pesto For One

Crusty french bread topped with pesto, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. A flavorful breakfast that’s perfect for anyone cooking for one.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Smoked Salmon with Eggs and Pesto For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pina Colada Smoothie

Healthy and delicious, this smoothie is made with pineapples, yogurt, bananas, coconut milk and sweetened with honey.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students| Pina Colada Smoothie | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Biscuit Recipe

This buttery, easy to make biscuit recipe will give you a small batch of perfect biscuits.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Biscuits For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pancakes For One

Perfect recipe to make perfect, fluffy pancakes. This recipe yields 3 pancakes.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Pancakes For One | One Dish Kitchen

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

These delightful scones are topped with a sweet lemon glaze.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students |Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Banana Muffins

These tender, sweet muffins are made with 2 bananas. They’re perfect for breakfast or for snacking.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Small Batch Banana Muffins | One Dish Kitchen

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Easy Dessert Recipes Made In A Microwave

Chocolate Candy Clusters

These candies are made with just 2 ingredients! No oven necessary.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Chocolate Candy Clusters | One Dish Kitchen

Rice Krispies Treats For One

A snack size version of a classic dessert made in the microwave. Three ingredients needed and so easy to make. 

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Rice Krispies Treats For One | One Dish Kitchen

Single Serving Fudge

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!

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Microwave Fudge For One | One Dish Kitchen

Quick and Easy “Non-Recipe” Recipes

Overnight Oats

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.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | How To Make Overnight Oats Without A Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Chicken Salad

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.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Chicken Salad For One | One Dish Kitchen

Fruit Salsa

A wonderfully healthy snack made by mixing your favorite seasonal fruits together. Serve with crispy cinnamon sugar chips.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Fruit Salsa | One Dish Kitchen

No Bake Cheesecake Recipes

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse For One

This light and creamy no-bake dessert has the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | Lemon Cheesecake Mousse For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Made with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream.

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake For One | One Dish Kitchen

Original Cheesecake For One

Creamy and delicious, this no bake, cheesecake can be made in under 10 minutes!

Easy Recipes For Busy College Students | No Bake Cheesecake For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Dessert Recipes Perfect For College Students

Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

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. 

Easy College Meals | Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies | One Dish Kitchen

Apple Crisp For One

One apple baked in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter underneath an oat free, buttery topping. The perfect size for a perfect dessert!

Easy College Meals | Apple Crisp For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft, chewy and topped with a rich buttercream frosting. 

Easy College Meals | Small Batch Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars | One Dish Kitchen

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One

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.

Easy College Meals | Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One | One Dish Kitchen

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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Easy Recipes For College Students – These easy college meals can be made in a microwave, an oven, a toaster oven or a stove. No-bake recipes too! A great variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options. | One Dish Kitchen

17 thoughts on “40 Easy Recipes For College Students”

  1. Wow. It looks delicious. I love your recipes. So, I will try to make it very soon. Your recipes will help me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a fantastic list – I’m pinning it for when I need easy meals and to teach my kids now so that they have a selection of recipes that they will always be able to cook.

  3. My friend teachers HS seniors and always loves sending them off with recipes – I have to send him this post!!

  4. This is a FABULOUS group of recipes. All sound great and seem simple to make. I’m not a college student anymore but will be checking these out. Thanks for sharing!

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