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The essential college student grocery list

Classes run late, and work schedules don’t always allow time for dinner. SAGA closes at 7 p.m. and spending precious Sodexo on Chick-Fil-A and Moe’s gets old quickly, not to mention expensive. Beat the dinner blues by having staple foods stashed away in the dorm room. Make meals out of these foods and save the rest for a late night snack. Head to the store this weekend and make a survival pantry out of these essential grocery items.

Meal Suggestions:

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Meal 1: Grilled chicken breast with veggies and mac and cheese.

Microwave the grilled chicken breast in the microwave for about three minutes and then heat up selected veggies for another three minutes. Add mac and cheese for a complete meal.

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Meal 2: Cheese quesadilla with a side of Mexican rice and mixed green salad.

To make the quesadilla, layer shredded cheese (try fiesta cheese blend, only $2.48 at Walmart) on a soft tortilla shell and cook in the microwave for about a minute. Fold the tortilla and cut in half.

Tips:

Great Value or Tyson are two popular, inexpensive brands for frozen grilled chicken breasts. At the time of publication, Great Value is $6.56 a bag and Tyson’s Grilled and Ready chicken breast fillets come pre-seasoned at $6.98 per bag at Wal-Mart.

Birds Eye 10 ounce bags of frozen vegetables are only $1 at Wal-Mart. Choose from corn, broccoli, peas, green beans and other favorites.

The vegetables can be cooked in the microwave and eaten directly out of the bag.

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