Fruit smoothies are delicious and, as a chef, kind of tough to mess up. All you need is a blender, your favorite fruits, some type of juice or yogurt for consistency and a few ice cubes. Blend until it looks like a smoothie!
Hash browns are a breakfast staple that are surprisingly easy to make. Just shred potatoes into a bowl, fill the bowl with water and drain to remove excess starch. Pat and squeeze the potatoes dry with a paper towel, add a little melted butter and some salt and pepper, and then throw all of it in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until brown.
To make a simple cheese quesadilla, just place a tortilla in a pan until warm, sprinkle on your favorite cheese and heat until melted. Place another tortilla on top of the melted cheese and then use a spatula to flip the quesadilla and heat the other side. Now the only reason you'll need to make a midnight Taco Bell run is the ambiance.
You'd be surprised at the amount of people (me) that didn't learn how to make coffee until well into their adult lives. All you need is a coffee maker, water, ground coffee and a filter. Put the filter in the coffee maker, fill the back of the coffee maker with water, put ground coffee beans on top of the filter, press the large "brew" button and then wait until the coffee decanter is filled with that sweet, sweet coffee.
Couscous is known as a "super food" in some dietary circles. It's healthy, vegan friendly and very easy to make. Just bring a pot of water to a boil, add a half-tablespoon of salt to the water and a little olive oil, pour in a cup of couscous and let steam for five minutes, and then fluff the whole thing with a fork. Add your favorite toppings like lemon or hummus and serve!
Have a few guests coming over that you really want to impress? Just swing by the fruit section of your local grocer, buy a few melons and berries, carefully cut them into small, eatable pieces, then put them on your favorite plate or platter and serve. This sounds easy, but I didn't know that you could do this until long after I got my bachelor's degree.
Ants on a log is a quick and delicious snack that is easy to put together and requires literally zero cooking. Just cut a few stalks of celery into manageable pieces, add peanut butter and raisins, and serve.
Sandwich wraps can be pricey if purchased from a restaurant, which is crazy because they are SO easy to make at home. Just heat a wheat tortilla in a frying pan, layer cold cuts, sprouts, or other veggies of your choosing on the tortilla, drizzle on a vinaigrette dressing, and roll until the whole thing is tight. Now take a bite because you're in wrap city, baby!
Ramen noodles are a notoriously cheap and easy meal. Just open up the package, throw the noodles in boiling water, add in a seasoning packet and stir. To take the whole thing up a notch without adding much extra effort, add a bag of frozen vegetables and some tofu. Now you have a meal fit for a graduate student!
The grilled cheese sandwich is a midnight snack staple, and there's definitely a reason for that. It's super easy to make! Just apply a little bit of butter to a frying pan, throw in two slices of bread with some cheese in the middle and use a spatula to flip and press as needed. Warm up some tomato soup along with your sandwich if you're feeling really ambitious!
A basic vegetable stir fry is one of the most delicious things a non-chef can make. Just boil a half cup of rice, coat the bottom of a separate pan with a small amount of olive oil, add in a bag of frozen vegetables, let that steam for ten minutes (occasionally moving the whole thing around with a spoon), pour in your favorite teriyaki sauce, mix the rice and vegetables and serve!
A baked chicken breast couldn't be easier to prepare and is a great source of protein! Just preheat an oven to 400 degrees F, rub the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and spices. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes on a standard baking sheet, flip and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until it's no longer pink in the center, remove from the oven and serve!
Tired of scrambling your eggs? Try poaching! Just bring a pot of water to a boil, crack two eggs into the boiling water, use a wooden spoon to prevent the eggs from touching the sides of the pot, remove the eggs once they seem firm and serve on toast with a little pepper for seasoning!
Everyone loves pizza, and now you can make your own with this super simple pizza hack! Just brush olive oil on a pita, add sauce, cheese and toppings, place the uncooked pizza on a baking sheet, bake at 400 degrees F for five to eight minutes or until the cheese is melted, remove from the oven and serve. Just don't give any to the Noid, no matter how much he asks.