As the year is coming to an end, do you find you are running short on your declining balance? Or are you just plain sick of eating the same food every day?

Have no fear, there are simple, cheap and ? believe it or not ? healthy ways to cook for yourself in your own dorm room. Here are a few quick and easy recipes to try ? all costing under $5 per serving. That is less than a meal would cost you anywhere on campus.

Now, it may seem like these meals are kind of heavy on the carbohydrates, but these are an important part of a person?s diet. The average person needs 6-11 servings of carbohydrates each day. There are many ?fad diets? out there that completely cut out all carbohydrates, but this is depriving your body of a main energy source. Anything in moderation is fine, including indulging in carbohydrates. If you think you eat too many carbohydrates, instead of cutting out the good servings from your diet ? like the hearty meals listed ? try cutting back on bad carbohydrate sources such as potato chips, french fries and refined bread products like white bread.

Recipe 1(from the kitchen of Emily Bones)Makes 4 servings.

Rice $3.00Beans ? canned, your favorite kind $1.00Tomatoes $1.00Fresh or frozen vegetables $3.00

Steam rice. Put over low heat drained beans, cubed tomatoes, and vegetables in a small amount of water if necessary ? the tomato juice may be enough moisture. When rice is done, mix vegetables in and you have another great, easy meal.

Recipe 2(from the kitchen of Drew Abrams)Makes 2-3 servings.

Pasta ? what ever kind you like $2.00Fresh or frozen spinach $2.00Butter, olive oil or pasta sauce $2.00Salt & pepper $1.50Garlic powder $2.00Parmesan cheese $2.50Hearty vegetables ? eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, artichoke hearts or zucchini $3.00

While boiling water for pasta, steam the spinach by covering the bottom of a skillet or pot with water. Add two to three times more spinach than you think you will eat to the water ? the spinach really shrinks down in size once it is steamed. When the pasta is ready, drain and immediately add the spinach and butter or pasta sauce. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese to taste, and finish off the dish with your favorite hearty vegetable. Put over low heat for 2-3 minutes, and you have yourself a delicious meal!

Recipe 3(from the kitchen of Emily Bones)Makes 2 servings.

Ramen noodles, Lipton noodles or pasta, etc $2.00Fresh or frozen vegetables $3.00Chicken or ground beef $4.00

Prepare noodles or pasta as directions say on package. Add vegetables and/or meat, and you are ready to eat!

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