Wake up, go to class, grab some lunch, go back to class, go to work, come home, study, sleep, repeat. As college students know all too well, it can be hard to find spare time on any given day. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with going to school full time and when you add in the fact that you also have to make time for showering, running errands, keeping your apartment clean, and hanging out with friends, it can be really hard to find time to enjoy a good meal.

Fortunately for you we know exactly how you feel! At Ram’s Crossing East, Lofts & Townhomes, we think that there are better options than dollar menu fast food and frozen tv dinners. That’s why we tackled the subject of budget-friendly meals in a previous post.

In that post, we shared two easy-to-make, inexpensive, and delicious meals that are sure to be staples in your apartment as you make your way through your time at CSU. But it occurred to us that people are probably going to want a little more variety. Not to worry, because in today’s post we’ll be sharing more foods that you can make easily without breaking the bank, all from the comfort of the best apartments near CSU. It doesn’t get much better than that, so keep reading to see today’s recipes.

What’s on the Menu?

Making food for yourself as a student can be hard because you’re balancing your budget and your time along with many other things. That’s why the meals below are all simple to prepare even if you’ve never cooked before. They also make a lot of leftovers, making them a win/win!

We offer full size apartments at Ram’s Crossing East so if you’ve been looking for a way to put your kitchen to good use, these recipes ought to do the trick.

All-Crust Sheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie

As we mentioned in our previous post, every college student is going to crave some comfort food from time to time, but if your parents live in another city or state, it’s up to you to make it. Fortunately for you, this recipe for All-Crust Sheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie from Food Network has all of the good stuff.

When you need something that is comforting and delicious without requiring a ton of effort, meals that you can make on one sheet pan are the way to go. Ten simple ingredients come together perfectly into chicken pot pie that doesn’t take much time or effort to create. There is a little bit of prep work, but once you’re done you simply allow your dish to make for about a half hour and you’re all set. It doesn’t get much simpler (or more delicious) than this, plus you’ll have leftovers which is a must for any college student.

Chicken Ramen Noodle Casserole

Yes, college kids eating ramen is a huge cliche, but here’s the thing about it–it’s pretty darned cheap. That’s why this recipe for Chicken Ramen Noodle Casserole is such a huge winner! It comes from the folks at Food Network so you know it’s going to be pretty darned good. If you can grab a half dozen ingredients from the grocery store, you’re practically already done with it!

All you have to do is arrange six packets of ramen on a baking sheet. You’ll then combine cream cheese, milk, and one of the flavor packets that came with the ramen. When that’s done, pour the mixture over the top of the ramen. From there, you’ll add pieces of rotisserie chicken to the top, then add a bag of broccoli and a bit of shredded cheese. Simply bake it for about a half hour and it’s ready to go. It doesn’t get much easier than that, and you get big flavor without the big price tag. Plus the whole thing is done from start to finish in under an hour, giving you plenty of time to do a bit of studying. And yes, there will be leftovers with this one as well. Not too bad if you ask us!

Spaghetti and Meatball “Stoup”

What is stoup, you ask? Well, according to Rachael Ray who crafted this dish for Food Network, it’s “thicker than soup, thinner than stew.” Sounds good to us! Easy to make in around 45 minutes, this recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball “Stoup” is incredible.

Spaghetti and Meatballs are hearty. Stew is comforting. When you combine them into one amazing dish, it’s sure to blow your mind. One thing to note is that the recipe calls for a pound of ground beef, pork, and veal mix. You don’t have to go that big. Instead, a pound of ground beef or a pound of pork will do the trick just fine.

The whole thing comes together quickly and easily and you’ll have plenty of leftovers. The recipe recommends serving your dish with bread for dunking and we couldn’t agree more. You’re sure to love this interesting and delicious take on spaghetti and meatballs!

Are You Searching for Apartments for Rent in Fort Collins, CO?

We mentioned the full appliances that come in our apartments earlier in this post, but did you know that’s one of many amazing amenities that we offer? With on-site management, 24-hour maintenance, a state of the art fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, a courtyard with barbecue area, on-site laundry facilities, and more, there’s a love to love about living at Ram’s Crossing East Lofts & Townhomes.

Oh, and did we mention that we proudly offer pet-free apartments? That’s right, your furry friends can live with you in our apartments which is sure to be comforting in and of itself. Between a cat or dog and some delicious food, it just does get much better than that.

If you’re in need of an apartment near CSU, Ram’s Crossing East is the perfect place to start your search. Schedule a tour today and see for yourself just how wonderful living here can be. We look forward to meeting you!