Hi friends! So my favorite way to save time on cooking in college is to pick a recipe, make it on Sunday and eat it for lunch or dinner throughout the week. That way a meal every day is already taken care of, and I don’t end up eating junk food or snacking all day. I usually have something simple like toast or eggs for breakfast, so that only leaves one meal a day that I have to think about! This method saves me so much time throughout the week.
But, Sundays are a busy day for me, so I also don’t like to have to spend a bunch of time cooking a week’s worth of dinners all at once. So, I usually like to pick a simple recipe that doesn’t take too long. I’ve found that soup and chili recipes are SO easy, healthy and yummy! Some other recipes call for so many ingredients and different elements to the dish. With soup, you just throw everything into the pot and you’re done! I especially love crock pot meals because you can just throw in some ingredients and the crock pot cooks it for you, which gives you extra time to focus on other responsibilities.
Over the years I’ve really found myself going back to the same five recipes again and again. I love experimenting with new flavors and ingredients, but these five recipes are ones I trust to be delicious, easy to make and healthy, too. Today I wanted to share with you my five favorite chili and soup recipes that are perfect for your busy college schedule!
College Cooking: Yummy Chili Recipes
- Whole Foods Lentil Chili – This is so good! AND so simple to make. This recipe is literally just lentils, some veggies and broth, plus some spices and garlic. It’s vegan, too! It’ll be done in less than an hour and then you have up to eight servings, which is more than enough for a whole week’s worth of dinners. I had never tried lentil chili before I made this, but now I’m obsessed!
- Betty Crocker Slow-Cooker Chili – OK so this is one of the recipes I meant when I was talking about crock pot meals earlier. I just made this yesterday and It’s soooo yummy! There’s barely any ingredients and you can just throw it in your slow cooker and not think about it all day! Yesterday I threw everything into the pot at 10 a.m., went to the library all day to do homework and when I got home around 4 p.m. it was done! So easy. I would recommend eating this with some sour cream and cheese, too…yum.
College Cooking: Easy Soup Recipes
- Alton’s Lentil Soup – You guys. I’m not kidding when I say that this is my all-time favorite soup recipe. EVER. I chose it on a whim and I didn’t expect much, but after making it the first time I was OBSESSED. I’ve probably made it at least three or four times in the last three months. It’s so good. And literally the simplest recipe ever. You literally just sauté some veggies together, then add in broth, lentils and spices. After that you just let it simmer for a little over half an hour! You can leave it like it is, but I definitely recommend pureeing about half of the soup. This makes it creamier and thicker…mmm. I think I’m going to have to make this one again soon, haha. BEST SOUP EVER!
- Ina Garten’s Roasted Potato Leek Soup – So I didn’t know what a leek tasted like before making this recipe, but now It’s one of my favorite veggies to cook with! I would describe it as tasting like an onion but with a more subdued flavor. It’s SO GOOD with the potatoes. This recipe is also really easy – you just roast some veggies and then puree it all! This recipe is a little fancy for college students, but it’s really easy to simplify. For example, I don’t use any white wine or creme fraiche when I make it. I just mix in enough heavy cream to make it creamy and call it a day. This is also a really easy recipe to experiment with – One time I replaced arugula with spinach, and another time I replaced the potatoes with cauliflower for a low-carb option! Trust me. You won’t be disappointed with this soup.
- White Bean Chard Soup – This soup is delicious and super healthy, people! It only takes 40 minutes to make and it’s packed full of leafy greens and good ingredients. I love anything with beans in it so this recipe is a winner in my book. If you don’t like chard, you can always substitute it for kale or even spinach. Either way, it’s a yummy soup that’s great for the busy college student’s lifestyle.
Those were all my favorite recipes, I hope you found this list helpful! I truly do love all these soups and chilis and I guarantee you will love them too.