Editor gives simple recipes for students

Sometimes, you want to make something quick and cheap. The following recipes are easy to make and don’t take long. They also don’t use lots of cooking utensils which is perfect for quickly cleaning up afterwards. You also won’t need a collection of fancy cookware to make any of these recipes. I’ve also written them out in terms that, even if you’ve never cooked before, you’ll be able to understand.

Muffins are a great breakfast to-go. They are good hot or cold. Add up to half a cup of walnuts to either recipe for some protein. Alternatively, spread some peanut butter on a muffin as you dash out the door to class. These recipes are very easy and do not require expensive ingredients. To make them, you will need a large bowl, spoon, measuring cups (at the very least a half-cup measuring cup), measuring spoons, and either a muffin tin or bread pan.

Grease the muffin tin/bread pan either with spray, margarine, or butter. Add only a little—you just need a thin layer of something greasy to keep the muffin from sticking to the pan.

Orange Muffins

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup oil

• 1 cup orange juice

• 2 cups flour (white, whole wheat, or a mixture of the two)

• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1.) Mix sugar, oil, and orange juice in a large bowl.

2.) Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir until blended.

3.) Put batter into greased muffin tins or a bread pan.

4.) Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (muffin tins) or 30–40 minutes in bread pans. When finished, a fork stuck into the muffin will come out clean. Makes about 12 muffins or equivalent.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

• 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown)

• 1/2 cup oil

• 1 cup milk/milk substitute (can substitute water)

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

• 2 cups flour (white, whole wheat, or a mixture of the two)

• 1 Tablespoon baking powder

• 2–3 ripe bananas

• 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1.) Mix sugar, oil, and milk.

2.) Add flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Stir.

3.) Mash bananas with a fork. Add to mixture.

4.) Stir in chocolate chips.

5.) Put batter into greased muffin tins or a bread pan.

6.) Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (muffin tins) or 30–40 minutes in bread pans. Fork will come out clean when done. Makes 12–18 muffins.

You may have heard of stir-fry before; perhaps you have your own recipes. The following recipe is very easy to make and requires just a frying pan and a spatula. It is quite protein-heavy. Feel free to substitute other ingredients.

Egg Stir-fry

• 2 eggs

• Several leaves of kale, collards, or other leafy green vegetable

• 1 cooked hot dog/veggie hot dog

• 3 Tablespoons cheese/soy cheese

• Garlic (optional)

• Olive oil (can substitute with other oils, margarine, or butter)

1.) Put about two teaspoons of oil (butter/margarine is also fine, though olive oil is healthiest) on a large pan. Heat pan on medium heat at most until oil starts sizzling; then, move pan around to distribute oil throughout pan. Add garlic if desired.

2.) Crack eggs and add to pan. Cut up hot dog into small pieces and add to pan, too.

3.) Let cook for five minutes, then add kale/collards.

4.) Let cook until eggs are slightly browned, and no longer runny. Add cheese/soy cheese. Serve. Makes one serving.

And an unhealthy recipe for when you want something greasy and salty:

French Fries

• 3–4 long, thin potatoes

• Margarine or butter

• Salt

1.) Wash potatoes. Cut potatoes into french fry-shaped pieces.

2.) Put in a bowl with water; let soak for 20 minutes. While potatoes are soaking, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put two full-size cookie trays with edges, as opposed to completely flat trays, in the oven with about a tablespoon of margarine or butter on each.

3.) Dry potatoes with paper towel or a clean dish towel. Place on tray, evenly distributed. Add salt.

4.) Cook french fries for twenty to thirty minutes—they will be somewhat brown when cooked, but not burnt. Take tray out every five minutes to turn french fries over. Add additional margarine/butter and salt if necessary.

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