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8 Ingredient Staples for College Students

As I go through college, I realize that there are some things I continuously have or need to have in my kitchen to create quick and easy meals and snacking options. I wanted to list some items to create a means of essentials for myself, but also to share some ideas if you also need to go grocery shopping this weekend! 

  1. Spices + Seasonings + Sauces
  • Crushed red chili flakes, salt, pepper, oregano, turmeric, etc…
  • Soy sauce, toasted sesame oils, ground fresh chili pasta, kewpie mayo or normal mayo, ketchup, ranch, tomato sauce, cream cheese spread
  1. Basics for Flavor
  • Onion, garlic, ginger, and spring onions
  1. Versatile Veggies
  • Bell Peppers, carrots, mushrooms, salad mix, and a jar of jalapeno peppers are some of my favorite veggies to add into a bowl of fried rice or salad
  1. Staple Foods
  • Milk, yogurt, and eggs
  1. Carb Sources
  • Rice, pasta, mac & cheese boxes, ramen, cereal, and bread
  1. Extras for salads
  • Croutons, toasted almonds, pecans, walnuts, and more!
  1. Protein Sources
  • Impossible Chicken Nuggets have been my favorite item to throw into salads or eat as a snack 
  • Eggs, bacon, sausages, tofu, soya bean, or other meat sources
  1. Snacks
  • I like to alternate between snacking options as the seasons change. Trail mix, madeleines, cookies, candy, granola bars, rice crackers, banana chips, and roasted chickpeas are just some ideas to start with.
  • Also, frozen fruits in the freezer are a great way to snack and also create inexpensive, refreshing, and filling smoothies. 
Meeval Biju

Jefferson '24

Hello hello, I'm a junior here at Jefferson University studying health sciences. I love music, science, and sleep!