What do you think of when you imagine college kids and cuisine? The most popular food will most likely be discount ramen noodles. While not discrediting the taste and nutritional value of ramen, we can recognize that college kids need to have access to snack and appetizer recipes that are both affordable, and quick and easy to make. Here are some ideas for snacks and appetizers that college kids will go crazy for.
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1. Cucumber Sandwiches
Cucumbers are easy to find in the veggie section of any local market, as well as at veggie and fruit street markets, if you’re in a city. You can cut up some cucumbers and put them on a piece of white bread without any hassle.
2. Pigs in a Blanket
Buying some pre-made crescent rolls and a pack of hot dogs is enough to craft these babies into a delicious and affordable snack.
3. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
All you need here is two sweet potatoes, a knife, some olive oil, a few leaf herbs like basil and oregano, salt, pepper, and the oven. Delicious.
4. Baked Zucchini
Zucchini is another readily-available veggie with a ton of nutrients. Cut one up, add some olive oil, salt, and breadcrumbs. Bake it for a delicious, nutritious, and fast meal.
5. Mozzarella Sticks
These are a little more time-consuming, but if you’re efficient when it comes to cooking, you should be fine. Dip strips of cheese in flour, and then whisked eggs and milk, and then decide if you want to fry or bake them. One great investment is an air fryer to cut down on the time and mess of oil!
6. Garlic Bread
Here’s a tasty snack that many kids who grew up Italian in the 90s are familiar with. You can get some french bread, cut it in half, add a premade garlic powder on the soft side, and bake them in the oven. Papa would be proud.
7. Caramel Apples
Bringing back the energy of childhood, this time with an autumnal spin, you can buy premade caramel dip at the store and some apples. Dip. Eat. Simple!
8. Shrimp Cocktail
Ok, so a small package of shrimp may set you back 9.99, but you can make the marinara sauce yourself, and it’s fast to eat.
9. Pumpkin Hummus
Mixing this beloved fall gourd with chickpeas is a great way to usher in the autumnal season without breaking the bank.
10. Pepper Jelly Chicken Wings
If you haven’t heard of pepper jelly yet, you’re in for a real treat. One great recipe with this marvelous condiment is a unique chicken wing recipe that uses a super-simple baking technique.
11. Apples and Peanut Butter
Another excellent addition in the raw apple department, apple slices and peanut butter amounts to a hearty snack full of fiber and vitamins.
12. Steamed Spinach
Ok, so we’re not all familiar with the Pop-eye cartoon anymore, so we can’t make many jokes about that. What we can suggest is that steamed spinach is too plain, you can add cheese, black olives, and even bake it in a premade crust for a speedy and delicious spinach pie.