For many, the college years are some of the best years of their lives. But with back-to-back classes, studying for exams, spending time with friends, maybe a part time job, and various other activities, it doesn’t leave much time for cooking, let alone cooking meals that are healthy and inexpensive. Eating on the cheap can be tough for students who aren’t used to grocery shopping, and eating healthy isn’t always a priority either.

At Kent’s Best Apartments, we care not only about helping our residents get high-quality and affordable off-campus housing, but we also want to help ensure that their college years are successful. And that starts with eating right and reducing as much financial stress as possible. If you’re looking for some of the best apartments for rent in the Kent, Ohio area, schedule a tour at one of our three locations, including Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. Each location features updated kitchens where you can make one of these easy, quick, cheap, and healthy meals.

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Nachos aren’t always known for being healthy, but they certainly can be with the right toppings. And they’re most definitely quick, easy, cheap, and delicious. Start with a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, which typically run about $3.00 a bag. Nachos are all about customizing it to fit your tastes, so go crazy with whatever toppings you’re craving.

  • Black beans
  • Jalapenos
  • Fresh tomato
  • Onion
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • If you want additional protein, great options are chicken, lean ground beef, or pork.

BBQ Pulled Pork

Pork is a low-fat protein and can be quite affordable if you buy it when it’s on sale. And when it’s prepared, it can be used in a variety of ways, including pulled pork sandwiches. Look for a pork shoulder, which will give you tender meat and a lot of flavor.
Place the shoulder on a large piece of tin foil and pour your favorite BBQ sauce on top. No need to try to make a sauce on your own unless you’re feeling ambitious.

  • Heat the oven to 300° – low and slow is the way to go.
  • Wrap the foil tightly around the shoulder and put it in the oven!
  • Cook for about three hours.
  • Shred the pork, pile it on top of a hamburger bun, add more sauce, and you’re good to go.

Grilled Sandwich Melts

There’s nothing better than a classic grilled cheese, but if you’re looking for a more filling meal, you can add some deli lunch meats. Get a loaf of whole wheat bread, some chipotle mayo, cheddar cheese, leafy lettuce, a tomato, and your favorite lunch meat or combination of meats.

  • Generously spread some butter on two pieces of bread and add the ingredients to the unbuttered side of the bread.
  • Heat up a skillet to medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of butter to the pan.
  • Place the buttered side of the bread face down in the pan.
  • Flip the sandwich after about two to three minutes.
  • Wait for another two to three minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Breakfast For Dinner

You can never have too many breakfast foods – they’re easy, healthy, and tasty. If you have some leftovers from the previous meals, you may already have much of what you’ll need to make a killer omelet. You’ll need whole wheat bread, avocado, tomato, cheese, eggs, and spinach.

  • Mix up two or three eggs
  • Heat up a skillet to medium heat and melt a tablespoon of butter.
  • Pour the scrambled eggs into the skillet and let cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Put the ingredients on one side of the eggs.
  • Turn the other half of the eggs on top of the ingredients.
  • Cover the skillet and let the omelet cook for about three minutes.
  • Flip the omelet and give it another couple of minutes until the eggs are done.
  • Serve with buttered toast.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato

Filling, nutritious, and so good, you’ll want to make this meal over and over. To make this meal as simple as possible, get a precooked rotisserie chicken, a sweet potato, shredded cheese, sour cream, and a bottle of buffalo sauce.

  • Heat the oven to 425°
  • Rinse the sweet potato and wrap it in a piece of foil.
  • Poke holes in the foil to let steam out.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Shred the rotisserie chicken.
  • Take the potato out of the oven and carefully open up the foil.
  • Cut the potato lengthwise and add the toppings!

Cooking and eating healthy and delicious meals on the cheap in college doesn’t have to be complicated! These meals are nutritious, perfect for giving you the fuel you need for a successful year.

If you need an updated kitchen to cook some meals in, schedule an appointment for a tour at Kent’s Best Apartments! Our three locations are located within walking distance of Kent State. Call our team today to schedule a tour of either Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, or Whitehall Terrace today!