by Johanna Seidel

Don’t let Martha Stewart intimidate you from stepping foot in the kitchen. Anyone can cook! With a little practice and creativity you will be giving Rachel Ray a run for her money. Here are a few great simple recipes that will be sure to impress your friends and family. Any of these can be made as a quick study snack, breakfast on the go, or a dinner with friends.

Quick and easy Santa Fe Chicken paired with Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins (Photo by Jillian Torre)

Try this easy one pan chicken entrée. The presentation of the Santa Fe Chicken will fool your friends into thinking that you spent hours slaving over the stove.

What You Need

–          Boneless chicken breasts (approx. one per guest)

–          Tomatoes

  –          ½-1 onion

                            –          Shredded cheddar cheese

 –          Olive Oil

    –          Hot Sauce

What to do

1. Heat Olive Oil in pan over medium heat. Cook chicken trough both sides approx. 10 minutes depending on size. Be sure chicken is not pink in the middle.

2. Remove chicken and set aside. Sautee chopped tomato, black beans, and onion along with cilantro in pan. Add hot sauce to taste. Cook through. Replace chicken in pan. Cook chicken for a few minutes to re-heat.

3. Plate a chicken breast and top with sautéed onion, beans, and cilantro. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and serve.

Along with the Santa Fe Chicken, these Jalapeno cheddar Corn Muffins complement the dish to perfection.

What You Need

-Corn Muffin Mix (ingredients needed for the mix)

– ½ C shredded cheddar cheese

– 1 Jalapeno finely chopped

What to Do

1. Follow Directions for muffin mix.

2. Blend in cheese and Jalapenos. Mix well.

3. Fill muffin tin 1/3 the way and bake.

4. Sprinkle additional cheese over muffins with 5 min. left of bake time.

Whipped Cream Parfait (Photo by Jillian Torre)

Whipped Cream Parfait is super quick dessert that looks great as well. Substitute whatever fruit is in season or opt for frozen fruit. You can easily make chocolate whip cream by adding Cocoa powder to taste.

What you need:

–          1 pint of Whipping cream

–          ¼-1/2 C of confectioner sugar

–          1 tsp. of Vanilla

 What to do

1. Beat the whipping cream and vanilla in large bowl with a small electric hand mixer.

2. Gradually mix in confectioner sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

3. Layer the whip cream with fruit in a parfait style.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Photo by Jillian Torre)

For a delicious healthy study snack instead of being dependent on the microwave take a stab at oven baked sweet potato fries. You will be shocked about how easy this recipe is!



What You Need

-Sweet Potatoes (Estimate 1 large potato per person)

-Olive Oil

-Salt & Pepper


What to do

1. Pre-heat oven to 500˚

2. Peel and slice sweet potatoes into desired thickness.

3. Place sweet potato fries on nonstick cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

4. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 20- 30 minutes flipping once.

This final recipe, Breakfast Crunch, is a protein packed breakfast that can be eaten on a day of 8am classes or for a quick power snack before practice.

What You Need      

–          ½ C Peanut butter

–          2 C of your favorite whole grain cereal (I opted for the Cinnamon Pecan Special K)

–          2 Tbs. honey

What to do

1. Crush cereal extremely fine.

2. Mix the crushed cereal with peanut butter and honey.

3. Roll into rounds around the size of a golf ball.

4. Store in the refrigerator.

Cooking is a life skill, and what better time to develop this skill than in college. Find recipes that interest you so that you and your friends will enjoy them. All these above recipes are healthy choice voice approved and will not break the bank. Start simple when first beginning and soon you will be “kickin” it up a notch!”




  • Make a list while pre-reading your recipe. Try to organize your list by sections of the             supermarket.
  • Try to avoid buying meats and fish on Sundays due to less shipment on weekends.
  • Watch for weekly specials and plan recipes according to sales.