As a 3rd year university student, I have become pretty accustomed to the foods served at the commons. Pretty bland, very predictable and boring for the most part. However, it isn’t very hard to find interesting ways to spice up the average lunch. Today I want to show you how easy it is to make cheap meals that taste great. All you need is a meal plan, a bit of creativity, and a box of $1.95 Couscous.
Near East Brand Parmesan Couscous: 1 box
Spinach: 1 cup (chopped)
Golden Greek Peperoncini Peppers: 1/4 cup (chopped finely)
Mushrooms: 1/2 cup (chopped)
Cucumbers: 1/2 cup (chopped in small chunks)
Chickpeas: 1/4 cup
Feta: I just eyeballed it. So whatever you feel is best. ($2 at Aldi)
Lemon Juice: One Half a lemon
Salt & Pepper: To taste
Go to the commons sometime and get a to go box. Get a small meal, maybe just a sandwich at the sandwich station. Leave tons of room for veggies at the salad bar. Load up on all the things you need, and check out. Just save the box of veggies in your fridge until you need them.
Follow the cooking instructions on your couscous box. It should only take 5 minutes to cook. After its cooked, let it sit for a minute or so until you use a fork to fluff it up.
While the Couscous is cooking, start chopping up your veggies.
Assemble the salad in some sort of Tupper wear bowl. Add the feta, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
And there you have it. A cheap, easy salad that will impress anyone. The “salad” ingredients, including the lemon slices, I was able to take from our school’s salad bar. So really, all I paid for was the couscous and feta. What can I say, university students will do anything to save money! Please leave a comment below if you are wanting