College Cooking for Dummies

Elyssa Proulx

Everyone knows the stereotype: university students eat ramen and drink orange juice. Most probably haven’t seen a carrot in years, and a good lasagna is a distant memory. Is it true that university students eat sparingly, or is this just a myth? I wanted to know the truth, so I asked three engineering students what their favourite “college meal” was, and they graciously provided their recipes to help the rest of us become almost Michelin-star rated.

A SUPER Student Sesame Stir-Fry

Chef: Kenzie Lewis, Engineering Physics & Society IV


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced thin

  • 2 cups assorted vegetables (I use a frozen blend of carrots, corn, and beans)

  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into florets

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Warm the olive oil over a stove top in a large skillet. Add the onion, frozen vegetables, and broccoli while stirring occasionally. Cook on medium heat for 7 minutes.

  • Add soy sauce, garlic powder, and ginger, and stir in until well blended.

  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve on a bed of rice or noodles.

Simple Skillets

Chef: John Spinelli, Mechatronics IV


  • Frozen hash browns/home fries

  • 1-2 Eggs

  • 1/2 Pepper

  • 1/4 tbsp Onion

  • Grated Cheese

  • Salt and Pepper/Steak Spice (my preferred choice)


  • Heat a large pot or wok on medium heat. Once warm, add ~1 tbsp of oil, then 1/4 of the bag of hash browns per person. Stir often.

  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Chop half a pepper and ~1/4 tbsp of onions. Add a tbsp of butter to the pan. Once melted, add the peppers and onions. Fry for 6 minutes, stirring often.

  • Once peppers and onions are cooked, transfer them to the hash browns and mix them in. Add salt and pepper/spices to the hash browns.

  • In a clean pan, fry your egg(s) to your liking (I usually do them over easy).

  • While the egg(s) cooks, add grated cheese to the hash browns. Fold the hashbrowns over to make the cheese melt into a big cheesy mess.

  • Once melted and the eggs are ready, transfer the hash browns to a bowl and add the eggs. Bon appetit!


  • In my first year on residence, I would order skillets that came with chorizo in them. Feel free to throw in some meat for protein. Veggies and other things like mushrooms go really well too!

  • I prefer to chop my veggies into larger pieces, but having them in smaller pieces can allow them to blend in with the hash browns more.

  • If you really like cheese, consider using thin strips of cheese instead of grated cheese. Melting the cheese will make the hash brown mixture more clumpy and gooey.

Budget Pie

Chef: Ansh Kuckreja, Electrical Engineering & iBiomed III


  • Palmful of whipped cream


  • Spray desired amount of whipped cream onto your hand then lick it off for sustenance.