Fend For Yourself in the Kitchen This Summer, Fuss-Free

Being home for summer means many great things like superior mattresses and showering without shoes, but it also means fending for ourselves a lot more when it comes to meals. Sure, the culinary gods and goddesses amongst us are relishing the time in their own kitchens, but the rest of us are struggling to figure out what to eat after months of made-to-order meals in the dining hall.

If you’re a below-average cook struggling to keep up with your youthful metabolism and looking to save your summer earnings by eating in, then here’s 4 simple meals to add to your at-home menu:

Photo courtesy of Lacey / Flickr

Photo courtesy of Lacey / Flickr

English Muffin Pizzas: These are a classic and easy to make. Toast an English muffin and then put tomato sauce on each half. Next, sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on top. If you want to shake it up, add pepperoni or your other favorite topping. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

***Pro tip: English muffins go great with pretty much anything. A little peanut butter on an English muffin makes a great breakfast. English muffins also taste good with cold cuts and even work as hamburger buns.

Italian Bread at its Best: Choose your favorite brand of Italian bread and

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Photo courtesy of t-mizo / Tumblr

slice it the way you would if you were making a sandwich. Smother the soft inside with olive oil. Then add shredded mozzarella cheese. On top of the cheese add precooked chicken, your favorite veggies or just leave it plain. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

Trader Joe’s Fried Rice: This is about as easy as it gets since it comes pre-packaged from Trader Joe’s. All you need to do is put as much rice as you want into a frying pan for 5-6 minutes with some vegetable oil, then you’re good to go! Add a touch of soy sauce at the end for extra flavor.

Photo courtesy of I Believe I Can Fry / Tumblr

Photo courtesy of I Believe I Can Fry / Tumblr

Quesadillas: Put some butter in a pan on medium heat. Once the butter is melted, place a tortilla on the pan. Add shredded cheese.

Allow the cheese to begin melting and then add precooked chicken, beef or any other veggies you would like. Press another tortilla on top of the melting cheese. Flip the quesadilla and let it cook for another 1-2 minutes. The whole cooking process should only take about 5-6 minutes.

***Pro tip: Flour tortillas taste great with Mexican four-cheese blends and beef, and corn tortillas work better with mozzarella cheese and chicken.

 

 

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