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Easy College Meals

Easy recipes for college students that can be prepared in a dorm room or a small apartment kitchen. Easy college meals that 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.

Vegetarian Enchiladas topped with sour cream in a small baking dish on a wooden trivet
Vegetarian Enchiladas

Cooking in college can sometimes be a challenge. Due to this we've gathered these simple 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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These easy college meals include simple 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.

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Recipes Cooked On A Stove

Tuna Casserole For One

Delicious Tuna Casserole For One made with a noodles plus rich and creamy homemade sauce. The ultimate single serving comfort food!
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Easy Taco Casserole | Single Serving

Layers of seasoned ground beef and cheese between crispy tostadas and baked in the oven. Easy single servings recipe is absolutely delicious!
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Taco Casserole For One | onedishkitchen.com

Chicken Chili For One

Chicken Chili Recipe For One - This chicken chili makes a wonderful single serving meal. Made with 1 cooked chicken breast (or 1-2 thighs), diced tomatoes, onions and red pepper combined with flavorful, aromatic spices. Cooks quickly & is the perfect amount for anyone cooking for one.
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Chicken Chili For One

Shrimp Creole For One

Shrimp Creole For One, a classic Louisiana dish made with garlic, onions, green bell peppers and tomatoes. The perfect size when cooking for one.
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Shrimp Creole For One | One Dish Kitchen

Healthy Sloppy Joe

Healthier Sloppy Joes 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!
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Healthier Sloppy Joe For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Pork Stir Fry For One

A pork stir fry recipe that's easy to make and filled with flavor. Ground pork seasoned perfectly and cooked with vegetables served with a terrific sauce over rice. Ready in under 30 minutes, this delightful single serving ground pork stir fry needs to be on your dinner menu.
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pork stir fry | one dish kitchen

Pomodoro Sauce Recipe For One

Simple recipe for Pomodoro Sauce For One, a single serving portion of a quick and easy to make tomato sauce made with tomatoes, garlic and spices. Ready in minutes!
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Pomodoro Sauce For One | One Dish Kitchen

Recipes Made In An Oven

Crustless Spinach Quiche For One

Creamy, low-carb Crustless Spinach Quiche for One made with ham and Swiss cheese. Full of flavor, you'll never even miss the crust!
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crustless spinach quiche | one dish kitchen

Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf

This easy Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe this is the best meatloaf recipe! It tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. This mini meatloaf is the perfect size to serve one or two people.
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This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate single serving comfort food. | One Dish Kitchen

Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Legs For One

Easy to make BBQ Chicken Drumsticks baked on a bed of perfectly seasoned roasted carrots, onions and garlic. A one pan meal perfect for those cooking for one.easoned roasted carrots, onions and garlic. A one-pan, single serving meal.
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chicken drumsticks | one dish kitchen

Juicy Lucy For One

This is the best Juicy Lucy Burger recipe! A burger stuffed with cheese and "baked" in the oven. While the burger bakes, the cheese melts making the patty very juicy. This easy to make recipe is inspired by the famous Juicy Lucy burger, originating in Minneapolis.
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juicy lucy with melting cheese

Baked Chicken Tenders For One

This is the BEST baked chicken tenders recipe! Chicken strips dredged in melted butter, then dipped in bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a flavorful mix of spices. Bakes in 20 minutes! This small batch recipe makes 8-10 crispy oven baked chicken tenders.
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Chicken Tenders For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Mini Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread, a fun twist on traditional pepperoni pizza! Easy to make, this savory monkey bread is made with refrigerated biscuit dough, cheese, and pepperoni all baked in a small baking dish. Recipe makes enough to serve one or two people. Step-by-step video can be found in the recipe.
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Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Vegetarian Enchiladas For One

Easy to assemble Vegetarian Enchiladas For One! Seasoned vegetables and black beans are sandwiched between corn tortillas and cheese. The ingredients are layered, casserole style in a small baking dish. Topped with salsa and cheese, this wonderful single serving meal can be ready in under 30 minutes.
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baking dish with vegetarian echiladas covered in cheese

Easy Baked Pork Chop For One

Tender and juicy Oven Baked Pork Chop. Perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth pork chop baked to perfection in just 15 minutes.
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Baked Pork Chop on a dish

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Easy Toaster Oven Recipes

How To Make Scones In A Toaster Oven | Small Batch

This small batch scone recipes is perfect to use with a toaster oven. Filled with berries, these scones are buttery and perfect for breakfast!
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How To Make Scones In A Toaster Oven | One Dish Kitchen

How To Bake A Single Serving Of Rice

Quick and easy way to bake a single serving of rice in your toaster oven. Perfectly cooked rice every time!
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baked rice in a white ramekin

Broiled Salmon Sheet Pan Recipe

Quick, easy and delicious Broiled Salmon with Roasted Zucchini for one! This easy to make meal is made in the toaster oven in under 10 minutes.
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Broiled Salmon and Roasted Zucchini for one! One Dish Kitchen

Fish Tacos

Quick and easy Fish Tacos recipe, the perfect seafood recipe to serve one or two people. Perfectly seasoned fish baked in minutes in either a toaster oven or a conventional oven and topped with a sweet curried broccoli slaw.
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Fish Tacos | One Dish Kitchen

How to Make Caprese Toast in Toaster Oven

Easy, cheesy and absolutely delicious recipe for Caprese Toasts made in the toaster oven. Slices of toasted Italian bread topped with a flavorful basil ricotta spread, creamy mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette.
Caprese toast with green pesto and tomatoes on top

Easy Single Serving Sheet Pan Chicken

Easy single serving 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.
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sheet pan chicken cut up with rice and carrot slices on white plate
 

Food Processor Recipes

Small Batch Black Bean Hummus

Quick and easy homemade Black Bean Hummus made with canned, rinsed and drained black beans. This small batch hummus recipe is made with just a few ingredients and is a delicious alternative to traditional chickpea hummus. Enjoy with raw vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips or spread on sandwiches. No tahini needed!
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Small Batch Black Bean Hummus in a cup

Chocolate Avocado Tart For One

Simple, no-bake, luscious Chocolate Avocado Tart For One with a gluten-free crust made from dates and walnuts. A rich, creamy guilt free dessert that can be ready in minutes. Made with an avocado and cocoa powder and sweetened with a touch of melted chocolate and honey.
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Chocolate Avocado Tart For One
 

Breakfast Recipes For College Students

Smoked Salmon with Eggs and Pesto For One

Smoked Salmon With Eggs and Pesto - crusty french bread topped with pesto, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. A flavorful breakfast perfect for anyone cooking for one.
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Smoked Salmon with Eggs and Pesto For One | onedishkitchen.com

Pina Colada Smoothie

Healthy and delicious Pina Colada Smoothie made with pineapples, yogurt, bananas, coconut milk and sweetened with honey.
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Pina Colada Smoothie | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Biscuits

If you've ever wanted to make a smaller batch of biscuits, this recipe is for you. See how easy it is to make fluffy & delicious biscuits for one (or two). 
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Biscuits For One | One Dish Kitchen

How To Make Pancakes For One

How To Make Pancakes for One! This is an easy pancake recipe that makes a small batch of pancakes and is perfect for those cooking for one
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Pancakes For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Easy recipe for Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones topped with a sweet lemon glaze. The perfect amount for anyone cooking for one or two.
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lemon scones | one dish kitchen

Blueberry Muffin For One

This big, bakery style Blueberry Muffin is loaded with plump, sweet blueberries and can be baked in a ramekin. It’s got a tender texture and wonderful buttery flavor. If you love blueberries, you’ll be glad to know that you’re likely to find juicy blueberries in every single bite!
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blueberry muffin

French Toast Recipe For One

This fabulous french toast recipe is the best! Learn how to make a single serving of classic french toast. Made with a few simple ingredients and so easy to make. With buttery, crisp edges and a soft center, this french toast will surely make mornings special.
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French Toast For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Pumpkin Granola

All the flavors of fall can be found in this pumpkin granola recipe. This small batch recipe is made with oats, nuts, pumpkin puree, and wonderful pumpkin spice. You'll love enjoying this granola with yogurt, fruit, or by the handfuls.
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Pumpkin Spice Granola | One Dish Kitchen

Baked Oatmeal For One

This Easy Baked Oatmeal is the best way to start your day! It's almost like eating a warm oatmeal cookie in a bowl. Naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup and filled with blueberries or your favorite fruit. This single serving breakfast is baked in one pan for easy cleanup.
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baked oatmeal with berries in bowl

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Microwave Dessert Recipes

Easy Two Ingredient Chocolate Candies | Small Batch

Just two ingredients needed to make these delightful Chocolate Candy Clusters. Melt chocolate chips and add in nuts or trail mix. No oven necessary.
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Chocolate Candy Clusters | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Microwave Fudge

Microwave Fudge For One - a single serving recipe for 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 fudge recipe!
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Microwave Fudge For One | One Dish Kitchen

Rice Krispie Treats For One

Rice Krispie Treats For One, a single serving version of a classic dessert made in the microwave. Only three ingredients needed and so easy to make.
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Rice Krispies Treats For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes
 

Easy "No-Recipe" Recipes

Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe - perfectly spiced and filled with fresh apples. Plus, a great list of other overnight oats recipes. See how easy it is to make a hearty, healthy and delicious bowl or jar of overnight oats with your favorite ingredients.
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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad that is packed with flavor and crunch. Filled with crunchy pecans, sweet grapes and other amazing flavors.
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bowl of chicken salad

Ratatouille For One

Ratatouille is a tasty, humble, one-pan vegetable stew made with onions, one small zucchini, a sweet red pepper, tomatoes and an aromatic bouquet of spices. This single serving meal can be enjoyed on it's own or consider serving it with chicken or fish. It's the perfect recipe for summer!
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ratatouille in bowl

Tuna Salad For One

This is the best tuna salad recipe! It's made with just 1 can of tuna and a few simple ingredients. Enjoy as a sandwich, a wrap or with salad greens.
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an overhead photo of a tuna wrap on a white plate with peach colored edges.

No Bake Cheesecake Recipes

Lemon Cheesecake For One

Light and creamy, easy to make, no bake dessert recipe. Perfect balance of tart and sweet. Single serving. Treat yourself.
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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse with crust on glass plate

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake For One

No bake creamy pumpkin cheesecake is made with pumpkin, cream cheese and a few simple ingredients. Perfect single serving dessert.
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake For One | One Dish Kitchen

No Bake Cheesecake For One

You won’t find an easier cheesecake recipe! This no bake single serving cheesecake comes complete with a buttery graham cracker crust. It’s creamy, it’s delicious, and so easy to make. Satisfy a sweet craving with this delightful dessert recipe.
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no bake cheesecake for one | one dish kitchen

Easy Keto Fat Bombs | Small Batch

Keto Fat Bombs - this small batch fat bombs recipe requires only a few ingredients! Cream cheese, cream, and a sweetener. Fat bombs taste just like mini crustless keto cheesecakes and are perfect for anyone following a ketogenic diet.
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Keto Fat Bombs | One Dish Kitchen
 

Dessert Recipes For College Students

Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Cookies

These Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan 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. This small batch recipe yields 5-6 delicious chocolate pecan cookies. The perfect amount for one or two people!
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Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies | One Dish Kitchen

Apple Crisp For One

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!
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Apple Crisp with whipped cream on top served in a white ramekin

Icebox Cake For One

The best single serving icebox cake recipe! So easy to make and the perfect size for one person. It's a light, no-bake cake made with a sweet cream filling and berries layered over graham crackers.
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slice of icebox cake with blueberries on glass plate

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Indulgent deep dish chocolate chip cookie. Buttery, crisp edges and warm, gooey center. Delightful indulgent treat for one person.
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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie in Ramekin with spoon scooping out a bite

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One

Easy to make deep dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One, a few minutes and a few ingredients are all you need to make this simple dessert recipe.
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Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One | One Dish Kitchen

We hope you find a few easy college recipes 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.

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Enjoy!

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19 thoughts on “Easy College Meals”

  1. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    These are awesome! I’m going to share w/ my nephew in college! But I will definitely use a few myself 🙂

  2. I LOVE this concept of easy cooking! These all looks so good and are so simple to make! Great for small families too!

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

  4. Crysta M Parkinson

    Awesome list! I sent it to my two daughters in college — they are always looking for ideas (or eating TV dinners). Thanks for sharing!

  5. 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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