Cooking for yourself, not always an easy task

Cooking for yourself, not always an easy task

I am going to dedicate this blog post to something that I really love, and that is food. But something I don’t always love when it comes to food, is cooking. In D.C., I am responsible for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (not to mention snacks) and making sure that my cabinets and fridge are stocked. For the past three years at Truman, I have lived in a dorm with a kitchen that is a hassle to cook more than a box of pasta in, so I’ve always sucked it up and ate in the dining halls. Cooking every meal for myself is a completely new experience, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one in this boat, so I thought that I could share some recipes that I’ve found are easy to make, somewhat healthy, and require very few ingredients - perfect for living in an apartment on a student budget!

Chicken casseroleIngredients1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 ¼ cup of milk
1 cup of frozen vegetables
1 Chicken Breast (cubed)
2 cups of noodles
2 cups of fried onions


DirectionsBoil noodles, and cook chicken. Then, combine Cream of Chicken soup, milk, frozen vegetables, cubed chicken, noodles and fried onions before putting into a baking dish.
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

QuicheIngredients 1 pie shell
1/2 onion, sliced
3 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups of milk
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 ½ cups of shredded Swiss cheese


DirectionsPreheat the oven to 450°F and bake pie shell for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Slice ham and onions. In a large bowl, mix together milk, eggs, and salt. Then add swiss cheese, ham and onions to pie shell. Then, add egg-milk mix until the pie crust is full, and cook for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Chicken and couscousIngredients1 chicken breast
Chicken seasoning
1 cup of couscous
Frozen or fresh vegetables (peas, carrots) (your choice)
½ Tomato, sliced
Olive oil


Directions Season chicken, then bake at 375°F for one hour (or until cooked).  Then cook the couscous according to the directions on the box (I usually add a little bit of oil olive), then mix with the fresh or frozen vegetable and tomato. You can add any vegetables that you want to the couscous or eat it plain with seasoning.

IngredientsSoft tortilla
Chicken or beef (sliced into strips)
Red bell pepper
Green bell pepper
Olive oil


DirectionsSlice the onion and red and green bell peppers and then saute on the stove until tender. Remove, but keep warm. In the same skillet, cook the chicken (or beef) with the seasoning and oil. Once cooked, lower the heat and add the pepper and onion mix back into the skillet. Spoon mixture into the tortilla, and fold in half.

Hopefully these recipes that I posted gave you some ideas of easy-to-make meals that you can cook while living in the RAF!


(DISCLAIMER: These are all recipes that I learned to cook at home... I didn't use any recipes when writing this post.)

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