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How to eat homemade when you’re on a budget

Delicious s’mores cookies are on the menu – with only 5 ingredients necessary (Photo by Maddy Kuntz ’17).

5-ingredient recipes to keep your stomach and your wallet full

Cooking in your college dorm room or apartment can often mean heating up a cup of Easy Mac or sticking a frozen pizza in the oven, and snacking usually means reaching into a bag of chips or mindlessly munching on some Oreos.

Instead of settling for those repetitive pre-packaged foods, it’s possible to make delicious, crafty snacks and meals using only five ingredients. A student’s budget doesn’t typically allow for a kitchen stocked with ingredients, so these recipes are both simple to make and easy on your wallet.

Whether you prefer savory or sweet, this satisfying comfort food will help get you through a study break or even a breakup.

Rotini Mac & Cheese


• 1 pound rotini pasta

• 1/4 cup of butter

• 1/4 cup of flour

• 1 and 1/2 cups of whole milk

• 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese


1. Cook the rotini pasta according to the instructions.

2. Place the pasta in a colander to drain.

3. In a large pot, begin melting but- ter over medium to high heat.

4. Once the butter is almost melted, add in the flour.

5. Whisk the butter and flour until it

reaches a smooth consistency.

6. Add in the milk and whisk the mixture until it begins to boil.

7. Begin to stir in the cheese once  the milk is boiling.

8. Add the pasta to the cheese mix ture and stir until the pasta is fully

coated in cheese.

Pepperoni Rolls


• 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent

Dinner Rolls (8 ounces)

• 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

• 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

• 24 slices of pepperoni

• 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Separate the dough into 8 triangles.

3. Add about 1 teaspoon of cheddar cheese on the triangle.

4. Place 3 slices of pepperoni on top of the cheddar cheese.

5. Spread about 1 teaspoon of mozzarella cheese on top of the pepperoni.

6. Beginning at the shortest side of the triangle, roll each angle of the triangle to the opposite point.

7. Place the rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet and dust the tops with the parmesan cheese.

8. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sprouted Grain Trail Mix Bars


• 3/4 cup honey

• 3/4 cup peanut butter

• 3 cups Kashi Sprouted Grains Ce real or Arrowhead Mills Sprouted

multigrain flakes

• 1/4 cup almonds

• 1/4 cup dried cranberries


1.  Mix honey and peanut butter in a

medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.

2.  Turn off heat.

3.  Add the cereal, almonds, and

cranberries to the mixture.

4.  Mix the ingredients until combined.

5.  Press the mixture into an 8×8

baking pan.

6.  Refrigerate until firm

(approximately 1-2 hours)

7.  Cut the bars into sizes and shapes of your choice.

S’mores Cookies


• 1 package Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

• 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter

• 1 large egg

• 1 ½ Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars

• 36 miniature marshmallows


1.    Follow cookie instructions on the package.

2. Once the edges of the cookies are golden brown, remove from oven and promptly press one piece of Hershey’s chocolate and two miniature marshmallows into the cookie.

3.      Return the cookies to the oven for one minute to allow chocolate and marshmallows to melt.

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