5 Cooking Websites for Students Who Can't Cook

By Gregory John "G.J." Vitale on October 16, 2013

If you're anything like me, you love to eat. Food nourishes the mind and body…I'm not kidding. Psychologically, my favorite foods improve my mood and increase my productivity (so does sleep by the way).

The importance of good food on a college campus, therefore, lies in its affect on student happiness. In an article I wrote last year for USA Today College, I reviewed two rankings: The Daily Meal's “52 Best Colleges for Food” and The Daily Beast's “25 Happiest Schools.” Sure enough, of the Top 25 happiest schools, 10 were also ranked for best food.

Sure comparing these lists is cool and all, but what happens when you can no longer rely on your campus' dining halls because you're all grown-up now and want to act like it (i.e. getting off a meal plan and cooking for yourself)?

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That's where college cooking blogs and websites come in.

I like to think of myself as a pretty able cook, but I'm constantly finding myself making the same things because I'm afraid to step out of my comfort zone in fear of not liking a new dish idea. The blogs and websites included below are great for introducing you to foods that are easy to make and usually easy on the wallet.

Here are my five cooking blogs/websites for college students who want to cook easy, tasty food.

1. Kitchenability

Run by CEO/Chef Nisa Burns, culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Kitchenability is a modern spin on cooking. The website declares Burns “the Chef of a New Generation.” She has lived up to this name as a viral presence on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Check her out:

According to the website, Kitchenability was started “to give students the confidence and skills to make easy, healthy, and delicious food suited to their lifestyles.” She even has a book out titled Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food.

The book is great for any college student living without a meal plan for the first time. It doesn't just list ingredients for dishes, but offers shopping plans, financial advice and is college-specific (so you won't find anything you can't cook in your dorm or apartment.

The most recent post on the site is for eight Halloween-themed recipes including pumpkin pie pop tarts, pumpkin muffins and a spiked pumpkin pie milkshake…I like pumpkin…let's move on.

2. College Fed

I'm a fan of organization, so anytime a food blog is going to partition out their recipes/posts by type of meal, they're already on my good side. College Fed does just that on their site for “Quick, Easy and Delicious Recipes for College Students.”

One quick scroll down to the bottom of their homepage reveals the “Primary Menu” (which is sort of reminiscent of a takeout menu) that has options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and dessert.

Here's a sample of breakfast:

Their latest post, by April Vernon just this past Thursday should have Uloop's Director of Student News Karl Hughes excited: it's a recipe for vegetarian sloppy joes.

Other gems on the site include brownies in a mug, a student's beef stroganoff and creamy pesto pasta with chicken.

3. Better Than Dorm Food

Run by two moms (one of which is a registered dietitian) who both have kids in college, you know Better Than Dorm Food's recipes will have that “home-cooked” vibe you've been missing.

Not only do they have recipes, but they also have instructional videos.

C'mon, that keeping the point of your knife on the counter tip was pretty helpful. It was for me…

Also, because one of the founders is an actual dietitian, you can treat their “Nutrition 101″ section as pretty trustworthy, but be ready for some tough love.

4. Cooking in College

This site is run “by Declan and Erica, America's Cutest Cooking College Couple” who also apparently have a thing for alliterative phrases.

The two met at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and have now graduated and are married.

Check out Declan's latest recipe in the picture below.

Photo courtesy of Cooking in College

Needless to say, this site is much more whimsical than some of the others out there, yet it manages to provide readers with equally tasty, accessible recipes (like this mac n cheese…insert Homer gargle).

5. Poor Girl Eats Well

I love the idea of being poor (which most college students are) and still eating well (which most college students don't). Poor girl shows us how to do it.

Oh by the way, she's a self-starter.

Sign me up.

With all these sites and such limited stomach space, I guess you'll all just have to pick one each day for the rest of the semester. Do you have a cooking blog that you contribute to or know about that we left out? Tell us about it in the comments below.

South Florida native. Student and employee at Tufts University. Uloop National Columnist and former Campus Editor. Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon Mass Zeta. Probably an insomniac. Check out my writing portfolio here - https://gregv.contently.com/ and my personal blog here - http://vitalewrites.blogspot.com

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