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The Student Foodie: Create simple, delicious school lunches

[media-credit name=”Julia Moss” align=”alignnone” width=”576″] The Student Foodie is a blog updated twice a month that gives students creative ideas for food they can prepare and enjoy.
by Douglas Abrams, Irene Golden and Sarina Wolfe

From french fries to salads, there are many healthful and easy ways to cook the foods you love. As a student, it is hard to get high-quality food 24/7, but it is completely worth it to make and eat delicious food.

At lunch, don’t settle for cafeteria food.

Let us show you where to get and how to make cheap and healthy lunches every day with minimal effort and a little creativity.

One of our lunch favorites is a spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but with the flavor volume turned way up. To start, take your favorite type of bread and slather two pieces with creamy, salty and rich peanut butter. Take your favorite type of jelly (ours is peach) and spritz a tiny bit of lemon into it before adding it to sandwich. This little step will cut through the richness of the peanut butter and give the sandwich extra depth. Then, take whole peanuts and sprinkle then atop the oozing jelly to provide a crunchy texture to contrast the smooth peanut butter and the sticky preserve. A final adornment: slice some bananas and lay the pale slices on top of the peanut.  Indulgent heaven.

If you were leaning towards a lighter lunch, go the salad route. Instead of mundane Ceasar dressing on lettuce, before you leave home add a dash of balsamic vinaigrette to the lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes.

Or, try our personal favorite lunch standby: pasta. However, pasta does take a good 15 minutes to prepare, so, have it after dinner. That saves you time and eliminates stress in the morning. When you wake up all you have to do is grate some cheddar cheese, melt it and add some cracked black pepper to create a simplified version of mac and cheese.
Whether you’re eating a sandwich, salad or pasta, with a little imagination you can have a yummy lunch in no time.

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