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Studying at a university may be one of the busiest times of your life, and you also have limited resources. It’s important not to neglect your nutrition in the chaos of it all, so here are four simple cooking hacks you can try in your UVU student apartment for a quick meal.

Use A Slow Cooker

You may be thinking a slow cooker sounds counterintuitive for a quick meal, but it does work! If you only have a few minutes before running to class or work, you can throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and then when you come home to your UVU off-campus housing you’ll have a hot, ready-to-eat meal! You can find tons of slow cooker recipes online, and usually, all you do is dump the ingredients in, mix them, and leave them for a few hours. It’s perfect for students who don’t have the time to cook for hours.

One-Pan Meals

You may not have any issues with cooking, but it creates a lot of dishes. If you hate doing dishes, or just don’t have the time to scrub several bowls and pans, try a one-pan meal! You cook everything in one pan to eliminate excess dishes. Place some chicken, diced potatoes, and carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil over them, and add your preferred seasonings. Place the baking sheet in the oven until everything is cooked, and now you have a full meal! The best part is that now there’s only one pan in the sink of your UVU college apartment instead of three!


It may sound weird saying ‘eggs’ are a cooking hack, but they are so versatile! You can cook eggs in so many different ways, and they are a great source of protein and other nutrients. You can add an egg to your ramen noodles to make an egg-drop noodle soup. You can fry up an egg and add it to toast. Boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge for when you need a quick breakfast. Eggs are a simple thing to keep in your Orem student apartment and can make so many different delicious and nutritious meals.

Microwave Steam Veggies

Did you know that you can buy frozen vegetables and put the whole bag of frozen vegetables in the microwave to steam them without doing any prep? It’s kind of the best. No need to bother cutting up vegetables and steaming them on the stove. Plus, frozen vegetables aren’t more expensive than fresh vegetables. If you let produce go bad in your UVU apartment too often, buying frozen vegetables that can be microwaved may be a good solution for you.

There you have four college cooking hacks! We hope you’ll try these out, and that they make your life just a little more simple.

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