Save Up: I’m Craving Another Cheap Dinner

by Amanda

When I posted my Chobani + rice + beans + sautéed banana combination, I received a few requests for more frequent posts of my dinners. I’m not a food blogger that documents every meal because most of my eating is pretty simple. As a college student with limited resources (in terms of money and kitchen appliances), I tend to make fast meals with inexpensive ingredients. My crazy schedule normally has me throwing together dinner quickly because I’m running to go somewhere or I’m getting back late from somewhere and too tired and impatient to cook a decent meal. I also never cook meat myself because it’s too expensive, and as a former pescetarian, I don’t think it’s necessary. Here’s another peek at what I can be found munching on anywhere from the hours of 5:45-9:00 pm.

cheap food

That would be sauteed spinach, black beans, salsa and an overeasy egg with a side of homemade pita chips for scooping (cut pita into pieces and bake in the oven until crunchy).

I’m not gonna lie to you. Most nights I crave this.


Sushi and Chipotle are my two consistent eating out food cravings. I have to get both a couple of times a month. I try to make my own Chipotle bowls at home, but they really pale in comparison to the real deal. And while I would love to take a sushi class, I don’t think I would ever start making it myself regularly. And that’s probably a good thing, according to this older article from The New York Times. When I lived in New York last summer with my sister, our default dinner was sushi. Followed up by a pint of coconut milk ice cream, or better yet, a visit to my favorite place in NYC: Stogo.

What restaurant cravings do you get? In the summer, I normally become addicted to frozen yogurt and McDonald’s soft serve ice cream cones. I have my mother to blame for that guilty pleasure.

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3 Comments to “Save Up: I’m Craving Another Cheap Dinner”

  1. I can totally relate to the college dinner lifestyle. It’s all about quick meals at random times – whenever I can squeeze it in! I can’t wait to graduate and really focus on cooking healthy, quality meals : )

  2. Even as a “grown up” I still end up eating like a college student. Salads, sandwiches, soup, and random food assortment platters rule my life!

  3. SUSHI!!!
    That’s a great idea for pita chips; I normally munch on those Stacy’s Pita Chips.

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