Week of Meals For College Students – Vegetarian Week, Featuring Quesadillas

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone.

Looking for some meat free meal options?  This week’s college meals include meat free and vegetarian recipes.   These recipes have been taste tested many times in my own kitchen and my family loves them.

This week you’ll notice one of meals is a made with quinoa.  Don’t be nervous about cooking quinoa.  It’s very simple to prepare and it’s a bit like cooking rice.  Quinoa is loaded with protein and it makes a great base to which many flavors can be added to.  Look for quinoa in the rice or bulk section of your store.

You’ll also find a cheesy vegetarian pasta bake which is very easy to prepare.  I put the recipe together using our favorite vegetables, but feel free to substitute you own favorites. The corn will be used in several other recipes during the week.  If you have leftovers, it would be great the next day with a spinach salad.

We love quesadillas at our house because they’re inexpensive, easy to prepare and delicious.   I’ve got a great Spinach and Brie Quesadilla recipe for you which would be great with a side salad.

MONDAY

Cheesy Vegetarian Pasta Bake

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone. ZagLeft

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

Directions

Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl.  Add the corn, green beans, 1 cup of the sauce, the dried basil, salt, pepper and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese to the bowl.  Stir well.

Pour the pasta mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish.

Top with the remaining sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

TUESDAY

Wilted Spinach and Walnut Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole walnuts, toasted

Directions

Saute the spinach and garlic in hot oil in a skillet on medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until spinach wilts.  Add a pinch of salt to the spinach and mix.  Toss with toasted walnuts.

*To Toast Walnuts:  Place the walnuts on a baking pan, bake them in the oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.

WEDNESDAY

Quick Minestrone Soup

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone. ZagLeft

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (your choice)
  • 1 cup pasta (choose either, elbow macaroni, penne, orze, broken spaghetti or your favorite)
  • 1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil.  Add the onion, garlic, basil and oregano to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add the broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Add in the spinach, vegetables and pasta and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Drain and rinse the red beans and add them to the pot.  Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

THURSDAY

Spinach and Brie Quesadilla

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone. ZagLeft

Ingredients

  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • oil
  • 4 slices of brie, rind removed, about 1/4 inch sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach

Click here for the directions.

FRIDAY

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn, Red Peppers and Pineapple

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone. ZagLeft

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint (optional)

For the vinaigrette:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Click here for directions.

 

Week of Meals For College Students – Vegetarian Week, Featuring Quesadillas

Easy to prepare, healthy and inexpensive meals for college students along with a grocery list. This week is a week of vegetarian recipes from Spinach and Brie Quesadillas to Minestrone.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 5 dinners plus leftovers for lunch
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

GROCERY LIST

  • 1 package of your favorite pasta (elbow, macaroni, penne, etc.)
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • brie
  • walnuts
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • flour tortillas
  • 1 can diced pineapple
  • frozen corn
  • frozen green beans
  • quinoa
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • ground cumin
  • chili powder
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • fresh spinach
  • garlic
  • onion
  • cherry tomatoes

 

*TIP OF THE WEEK

Brew your own…coffee that is!  Buying a cup of coffee from the nearest Starbucks can really add up. Coffee pots aren’t that expensive and you can find them on Amazon that can be delivered straight to your door.  I found a 4-cup coffee maker for under $20!  When you think about how much a cup of coffee costs, especially with the sweetened add-ins, you can see how you can certainly save some money having your own coffee pot.

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