No More Top-Ramen! Gourmet Student Dining on a Dime

Easy, healthy, and cheap meals anyone can make, even if you don’t have any clean pans because your roommates haven’t cleaned since… well, that’s probably better left unsaid.

Cottage Cheese Fruit Parfait
cottage-cheese

Makes 1 serving.

1 green apple, cut into small chunks and divided

½ cup 1% fat cottage cheese

¼ cup blueberries

(optional) ½ cup of high fiber cereal

Place half the apple chunks in a glass dish or cereal bowl. Top evenly with half the cottage cheese and the berries. Add remaining cottage cheese and remaining apple.

Per serving: 174 calories, 2g fat, 15g protein

Turkey guacamole sandwich

Makes 1 serving.

2 slices whole wheat bread

2 tbsp prepared guacamole

1 cup, or 4 ounces thinly sliced low sodium, low fat turkey breast

1/3 cup shredded lettuce leaves

2 thin slices tomato

(optional) 2 tbsp fat fee mayo

Toast the bread slices, and place on plate. Spread with guacamole, and top with turkey, sprouts, lettuce and tomato. Spread mayo on the other slice of bread. Place on sandwich.

Per serving: 343 calories, 41g protein, 7g fat

Tortilla Pizza

Makes 1 serving.

1 whole wheat 8″ flour tortilla

2 tbsp BBQ sauce

½ cup shredded light cheddar cheese

2/3 cup (3 ounces) chopped grilled chicken breast

¼ cup slivered red onion

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Place the tortilla on a baking sheet, (or heavy duty aluminum foil if you don’t have a baking sheet) and bake for 4 to 5 minutes a side, or until crisp. If you get air bubbles, poke them with a fork. Remove tortilla from the oven.

Top it with sauce, chicken, onion, cheese, and cilantro. Bake for another 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot!

Per serving: 381 calories, 45g protein, 9g fatstrawberry dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Makes 1 serving.

1 cup sliced strawberries

¼ cup fat free vanilla soy milk

1 packet Splenda

In a serving bowl, combine all the ingredients. Stir gently and enjoy.

Per serving: 77 calories, 3g protein, less than 1g fat

Recipes inspired by the book The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes from the Biggest Loser Experts and Cast–As Seen on NBC’s Hit Show! by Rodale Books, 2006

Easy, healthy, and cheap meals anyone can make, even if you don’t have any clean pans because your roommates haven’t cleaned since… well, that’s probably better left unsaid.

Cottage Cheese Fruit Parfait
cottage-cheese

Makes 1 serving.

1 green apple, cut into small chunks and divided

½ cup 1% fat cottage cheese

¼ cup blueberries

(optional) ½ cup of high fiber cereal

Place half the apple chunks in a glass dish or cereal bowl. Top evenly with half the cottage cheese and the berries. Add remaining cottage cheese and remaining apple.

Per serving: 174 calories, 2g fat, 15g protein

Turkey guacamole sandwich

Makes 1 serving.

2 slices whole wheat bread

2 tbsp prepared guacamole

1 cup, or 4 ounces thinly sliced low sodium, low fat turkey breast

1/3 cup shredded lettuce leaves

2 thin slices tomato

(optional) 2 tbsp fat fee mayo

Toast the bread slices, and place on plate. Spread with guacamole, and top with turkey, sprouts, lettuce and tomato. Spread mayo on the other slice of bread. Place on sandwich.

Per serving: 343 calories, 41g protein, 7g fat

Tortilla Pizza

Makes 1 serving.

1 whole wheat 8″ flour tortilla

2 tbsp BBQ sauce

½ cup shredded light cheddar cheese

2/3 cup (3 ounces) chopped grilled chicken breast

¼ cup slivered red onion

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Place the tortilla on a baking sheet, (or heavy duty aluminum foil if you don’t have a baking sheet) and bake for 4 to 5 minutes a side, or until crisp. If you get air bubbles, poke them with a fork. Remove tortilla from the oven.

Top it with sauce, chicken, onion, cheese, and cilantro. Bake for another 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot!

Per serving: 381 calories, 45g protein, 9g fatstrawberry dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Makes 1 serving.

1 cup sliced strawberries

¼ cup fat free vanilla soy milk

1 packet Splenda

In a serving bowl, combine all the ingredients. Stir gently and enjoy.

Per serving: 77 calories, 3g protein, less than 1g fat

Recipes inspired by the book The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes from the Biggest Loser Experts and Cast–As Seen on NBC’s Hit Show! by Rodale Books, 2006

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