Eating Cheap in College

Hey all,

So for all of you reading this who already go to IU and unfortunately do not have meal points anymore, there are ways to make cheap food taste good...or at least better!  So here are some "recipes" that I have discovered while I have had to fend for myself when it comes to food.

Mac 'n Cheese:

  • Make the mac 'n cheese how you normally would and then add Cajun seasoning to it as the last step.  You can find Cajun seasoning in the spice aisle and it is not too expensive (and it lasts a long time).
  • Add a can of tuna to the mac 'n cheese, it is cheaper than buying the Tuna Helper box.
  • If you like things spicy, put hot sauce in the mac 'n cheese.


  • Cook the noodles as you normally would and once they are drained and still hot, add butter, shredded cheese, oregano, and garlic salt.  The most costly thing is the shredded cheese but the generic brands are just as good!
  • You can always substitute normal pasta noodles with Ramen Noodles, just leave the seasoning out!
  • Obviously you can just add sauce to the pasta, but the buttered noodles are a nice alternative!

Chicken Parmesan:

  • Take breaded chicken patties, melt cheese on them and add marinara sauce.  So easy and inexpensive!


  • Peel a potato and slice is as thinly as you can.  Put oil in a skillet on the stove and put the potatoes in the skillet.  You will be able to tell when they are cooked enough but make sure not to burn them.  Add garlic salt to them.


  • Add mayonnaise and hot sauce to the tuna and it will taste like a whole new meal!


  • Scramble eggs and add shredded cheese, garlic salt, and basil.

That's it for now.  I am sure that I am missing something but I will add what I have left out later.  I hope this makes your college life cooking a little more interesting.

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