One of the biggest adjustments that I had to make when I crossed the country for college, is nothing I had here would quite match up to home cooking. It’s a sad truth of living on your own, that suddenly you realize you’re on your own for what’s for dinner. You can make the adjustment a little easier however, by finding the recipes for your old favorite dishes, and making them whenever you’re feeling a little homesick. Here are two of my favorites!
I wrote previously about a “cheat day,” and now I’m going to do the exact opposite: tell you all about vegetables. If done right, I promise they’re not as bad as you once thought as a kid, and if done really well, you’ll even end up enjoying them!
As a student, it’s not always realistic for me to expect to be home by a certain time every day to eat lunch, or even dinner. Things come up: classes, presentations, meetings, and group projects could all contribute to not being able to make it back for that meal you’ve been craving all day. The solution? Rather than spend money on cafeteria food (that, let’s be honest, probably doesn’t taste very good), plan ahead to make meals that you can take to school with you.
I think one of the most important pieces of advice that I can give, is that if you want to avoid unnecessary stress, don’t go grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon. I’ve made that mistake several times, and regretted the decision within seconds of stepping foot in the store. “Busy” would be an understatement: It’s the time where everyone realizes that they need to get food for the week, as well as the time where most people don’t have to go to work, and are just getting out of church. All in all, it’s a madhouse where you spend just as much time dodging rogue carts and stepping around screaming toddlers as you do actually finding food. If you’re like me however, Sunday may be the only day you have to time to make a grocery haul, and the chaos is unavoidable. There are a few tips though that I’ve learned to make the process just a little bit smoother: