Ideas for Off-Campus Cooking

For a long time, I had always bought my meals from restaurants instead of cooking for myself -- which as we all know ends up being quite pricey.  The problem wasn’t that I didn’t like cooking, but that I didn’t have any ideas of what I should cook! However, after researching online and getting suggestions from friends, I found myself with a new inspiration and passion to make my own food.  I am now always looking forward to cook these tasty meals when I get the chance!

Quick snacks:

Sweet Potato Fries

(I normally like to pair these with any frozen chicken tenders!)


1 sweet potato

All purpose seasoning salt

Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel the skin off the sweet potato.  

Cut into strips.

Coat the strips in olive oil.

Sprinkle a generous amount of all purpose seasoning salt.  

Place on baking tray and bake for 14 minutes.

Tuna Melt


2 slices of bread

2 slices of provolone cheese

1 can of tuna

Mayonnaise (optional)


Butter both slices of bread and place a slice of cheese on top of each.  Next, open a can of tuna and spread it on one piece. If the tuna is dry, add as much mayonnaise as you’d like!  Sandwich the other piece of bread on top and toast in the toaster oven.

Meals for Lunch and Dinner:

Tuna Spaghetti


1 can of diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1 can of tuna

¾ cup chopped onions

2 cups spinach

½ chopped red bell pepper

4 oz of Trader Joe’s spinach and chive linguine pasta

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Squirt of ketchup

Boil a pot of water and cook the linguine for 4 minutes.
Heat up pan and coat with olive oil.  First, throw in onions, garlic, and red bell peppers.  Next, add a generous squirt of ketchup and one can of tuna.  Mix well. Stir in cooked pasta and spinach. Top it off with parmesan and serve!

*Sometimes I will make a variation of this recipe and instead of using tuna, I will use Trader Joe’s Beefless Ground Beef.  The sauce works well with a wide variety of proteins!

Stuffed Bell Peppers


3 red bell peppers

¾ cup chopped green beans

1 cup ground turkey

½ cup onion

½ diced tomato

1 packet of Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice

1 tablespoon salsa

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 8 oz ball of mozzarella

Soy sauce for taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Microwave one packet of Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice for 3 minutes.  

Slice the tops off 3 bell peppers, clean out the seeds and boil each for 5 minutes.

In a separate pan, cook the ground turkey with onions and garlic. Once the ground turkey is cooked through, add the chopped green beans, tomato, soy sauce, salsa and rice. Mix thoroughly. Chop up the mozzarella into chunks and mix it in last.

Fill each bell pepper with the stuffing but be careful because it will be hot!  I’ve found that instead of trying to balance each bell pepper to stand up on a tray, it is much easier to have them sitting in a cupcake tray.  

Bake in oven for 5 minutes.

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