Fortunately, we've got three easy and beyond budget-friendly classic recipes (each using only four ingredients) which will help you get through your schooling relatively ramen-free. And knowing that they are under $2 a serving might make them taste even better. (Prices are from online grocer Peapod.)
Check out the nutritional value, too: These good-for-you foods not only satisfy but will help you avoid actual malnutrition.$1 Tuna Salad
Combine 1/2 can tuna with 2 tablespoons each of sweet relish and honey mustard. Serve on toasted bread. High in protein, niacin, iron, and B-6 and B-12 vitamins.
- 1/2 can tuna in water ($0.80 for 1 can - $0.40)
- 2 tablespoon sweet relish ($3.29 for a 16-ounce jar - $0.20)
- 2 tablespoon honey mustard ($3.49 for a 10.5-ounce bottle - $0.24)
- 1 slice whole wheat bread ($2.50 for 1 loaf of 20 slices - $0.13)
$1.36 Bean-and-Cheese Burrito
Spread black refried beans on a whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle garlic powder and cheese on top. Microwave for 1 minute and wrap. High in fiber, protein, calcium and iron.
- 4 ounces black refried beans ($1.69 for a 16-ounce can - $0.44)
- 1 whole wheat tortilla, 10-inch burrito size ($2.39 for a package of 8 - $0.30)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($4.49 for a 3.12-ounce bottle - $0.12)
- 1 ounce 2 percent Mexican-blend shredded cheese ($3.99 for an 8-ounce bag - $0.50)
$2 Easiest Spaghetti
Boil 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta. Combine 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with garlic powder, salt and balsamic vinegar on stove top to serve over cooked pasta. High in potassium, fiber, manganese and selenium.
- 1/2 cup whole wheat spaghetti ($2.19 for a 13.2-ounce package - $0.68)
- 1/2 can diced tomatoes ($1.89 for a 14.5-ounce can - $0.94)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder ($4.49 for a 3.12-ounce bottle - $0.24)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar ($4.79 for a 17-ounce bottle - $0.14)