The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Next Four Years & Beyond

By | February 22, 2018
The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Next Four Years & Beyond

Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to eat like it. With The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook, you can cook simple, delicious meals on the tightest of budgets and in the smallest of spaces.

College food has developed quite the culinary “reputation.” Most students don’t have the time, money, or space to make meals like mom used to, so words like fast, cheap, and microwavable have become synonymous with college eating. But there IS a better way!

Healthy cooking expert and cookbook author Pamela Ellgen brings you the latest in college cooking with The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook―the simplest college cookbook yet. By sticking to 5 easy-to-find main ingredients per recipe, The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook makes it easier than ever for students to cook tasty, high quality, healthy food for themselves.

  • NO MONEY? Each recipe in this college cookbook calls for no more than 5 main, affordable, tasty ingredients
  • NO TIME? Tried and true, these college cookbook recipes take 30 minutes or less from beginning to “yum!”
  • NO EXPERIENCE? Helpful illustrations demonstrate how to prep common produce and even how to properly use a knife
  • NO PROBLEM! 100+ of the most popular, student-approved recipes in this college cookbook include 3 variations to keep each one interesting time and time again

Don’t head to the cafeteria for overpriced soggy waffles or “controversial” mystery meat. With just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes you can enjoy any one of the delicious, college student favorites in this college cookbook, such as: Classic French Toast, No-bake Energy Balls, Mozzarella Sticks, Greek Pita Sandwiches, Thai Chicken Ramen, Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccine, and more

  • The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook Healthy Meals with Only 5 Ingredients in Under 30 Minutes

3 thoughts on “The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Next Four Years & Beyond

  1. A. Foster
    111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One Stop Resource for Sustenance, March 23, 2017
    A. Foster (USA) –

    I wanted my almost-18 year old son to be able to survive on something more than Ramen and mac ‘n cheese. This book is amazing for any beginner cooks. It’s not just recipes. It starts off with a description of basic kitchen utensils that is needed and pantry basics. Keeping in mind that it is geared for college students (but helpful information for ANYONE), it also highlights foods that are good for the brain (cramming for a test?) and recovery foods (sports?). There’s even a section on buying groceries from saving money to how to pick out produce. Right before the recipes, the books covers essential tasks like how to properly cut up some of those ingredients you will be using.

    The recipes are broken down into the following categories: Breakfasts, Snacks & Small Bites, Salads & Sandwiches, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian and Vegan Mains, Seafood & Poultry Mains, Pork & Beef Mains, Sweet Treats, and finishes with Kitchen Staples. The recipes have very few ingredients (says 5 but then there’s also spices/seasonings of course) and are easy to prepare. The ones I had my son try out were also very tasty. I especially like that there were optional variations for some of the recipes and in case you are cooking for someone with dietary restrictions, each recipe has details in the margin for tips such as gluten-free, vegetarian, etc. It evens mentions which ones can be made in the microwave in case you are in a hurry or the ones that are great for sharing in case you have study buddies coming over.

    I highly recommend this for every college student BUT also for any beginner cook or someone moving out on their own for the first time.

  2. Amazon Customer
    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Favorite, July 10, 2017

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    This review is from: The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes for the Next Four Years & Beyond (Paperback)
    I am not a college student… I am a mom looking for good recipes that are quick and easy and healthy enough to feel good about it going into my kids body. Have loved everything so far! Lots of good advice too if you’re still learning your way around the kitchen. I normally end up regretting buying cookbooks, but this is my favorite! Money well spent.
  3. UMich Grad Shopper
    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Well done cookbook for those needing simple basic recipes. Not applicable to all college students & not all healthy. Please read, March 22, 2017
    UMich Grad Shopper (Michigan) –

    This is a simple book, well laid out and with nice photos, for the beginner cook. I enjoyed reviewing the contents and seeing the effort that went into preparing this for others.

    The title is a tad misleading as a number of the recipes are more than 5 ingredients, but the concept of simple and easy to prepare will be a good thing for many. The book is well indexed, comes with a convenient graph identifying recipes that are gluten-free, vegan or have a vegan option, vegitarian, microwave friendly, good for sharing, or prep and serve items. Conversion charts are provided as an aid for temperatures, weights, volume, and Imperial to metric. A page about pesticide concerns for certain produce is also provided. Reference and a glossary of cooking terms should take some of the worry of cooking.

    There are 224 pages total including the extra additions I mentioned earlier and recipes basically are 1 per page. Helpful tips, servings, prep time estimates, and per serving calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein information is included.

    Although generally healthy, some recipes are rather high in calories and hopefully people are aware of proper portion sizing. Enough variety of styles of cooking are provided that new cooks may be willing to try flavors or cooking types they are not familiar with. At 400-600+ calories per serving, how you pair these recipes with each other and the things you have already eaten or plan to eat the rest of the day, some care may be needed for some eaters.

    I’m not sure how many college rooms come with ovens and therefore some of the recipes will apply to those in off campus housing, and some refer to large pots or take more food prep that college kids may not have.

    I like the book, and I think it will be good for some college students. Some are very basic (burger, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, tuna salad, etc) that I would hope kids know before moving to college.

    Maybe things have changed a lot since I was in college, but I don’t remember many of us having blenders.
    The section on knife skills should be useful if nothing more than a resource to remind you.

    All of this is not to be negative, but rather informative for you the consumer. I think the author, Pamela Ellgen, put together a well laid out and thought out book for college age teens and adults. The style, layout, contents, photos, and knowlege sharing is well done. I think I would have given it a different title, but that’s just me and I am not the author.
    Consider your audience, their situation at college, their experience level, and if they are more likely to refer to this book or look things up online. I’m a printed recipe person or cookbook person myself, but the days of printed matter is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

    I hope you found my information useful.

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