Easy College Recipes

Staff Writer

What college students have time to cook? We have sports, clubs and events that we are all part of, and no one really has time to cook. So I guess it’s fast food for dinner…again.

Photo Credit: BethBee Etsy
Photo Credit: BethBee Etsy

However, what if you could do all your activities and have dinner waiting for you when you get home? Now you can! There are easy recipes that you can prepare in less than 20 minutes to make your nights easier when you come home late at night.

These recipes will tell you exactly what you need and exactly how to mix and cook them. These recipes include Kristian’s Crockpot Tacos, BBQ Green Beans and Puppy Chow.

Kristian’s Crockpot Tacos


  • Chicken or Beef
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Taco shells

In the morning, put your meat, onions, peppers and taco seasoning in a crockpot on high for about six hours. This gives you time to go to class, practice or even get homework done. After those six hours, they are ready to go! Get your taco shells, add the meat and onions and any toppings you may want. Enjoy!

The second recipe is BBQ Green Beans. This is a side dish that you can add to any main dish, or you can even eat it by yourself because they are that good!

BBQ Green Beans


  • 3 cans green beans
  • 4 strips of bacon, cut up and fried
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Mix all your ingredients into a small bowl and pour it over 3 cans of drained cut green beans (fresh green beans can also be used). This is for an 8×8” pan (double ingredients for a 9×13” pan). Bake in the oven at 225 degrees for four hours.

And now it’s time for dessert, and what better way to end the night than with Puppy Chow? Puppy Chow is a dessert that is the consistency of cereal covered in powered sugar and contains chocolate and peanut butter. It is one of those things that you can throw together quickly and is extremely addictive. Do not start eating if you will feel bad about eating the entire bag in one sitting!

Puppy Chow

Photo Credit: Like Mother Like Daughter
Photo Credit: Like Mother Like Daughter


  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 9 cups of Chex cereal
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups of powered sugar

Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter on high for 30 seconds, then add vanilla. Pour into a gallon size Ziploc bag with the Chex Mix cereal and shake for 30 seconds. Pour in the powered sugar and shake for about a minute. Let the cereal cool on wax paper and store in a fresh gallon size Ziploc bag or a Tupperware dish. Don’t forget to share with all your friends!

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