Not Your Average College Food

Easy Turkey Meatballs

I may have forgotten to mention this but after the school year ended, my roommates and I moved out of our dorm into an apartment just for the summer. We’re all staying here at school over the summer for research, jobs, volunteering, and classes. Even though our apartment is still technically a dorm since it’s owned by the university, it has an oven!!!


Having an oven is like a dream come true for me because it means I won’t have to struggle with finding creative ways to bake in a toaster oven. It was always a bit challenging playing with the toaster oven settings so that it wouldn’t over-bake whatever was inside. Ever since, my cooking/baking opportunities have expanded immensely. I’ve used the oven so often that I can’t go back; I definitely appreciate it after 2 years of being oven-less!


One of the many dinners I’ve cooked here with the oven are these turkey meatballs. It was actually my first time making meatballs and they were so simple I couldn’t believe I haven’t made them already. There are only four ingredients needed! While they were baking, I quickly made some pesto quinoa with celery. This was by far one of the best meals I’ve made and I definitely see more meatballs in the future :)

(makes 8)

1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg 
12 ounces (3/4 pound) ground turkey
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix until the mixture is evenly combined.

Roll the turkey mix into balls and space them out on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through (there should be no pink inside, and a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F).

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

One of my childhood memories from elementary school was a period of time where my family had salmon every Tuesday night. On Tuesdays after school, I had piano lessons and would come back home to freshly baked salmon, the one thing my dad loved to cook. Although my taste buds were still growing accustomed to fish, salmon was my favorite. Back then, we would always have the same teriyaki sauce salmon but as I grew older I realized there are so many different ways to cook salmon.


For instance, this salmon has a simple 4-ingredient glaze: olive oil, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. It only takes several minutes to prepare and is done in 15 minutes! I had no idea salmon was so easy to make and could taste so good with such little prep. Since I’ve only been cooking for myself, I ate half of the salmon for dinner and saved the rest for lunch to bring to work the next day.


Salmon is known for its Omega-3 fatty acids which improve brain function. It also contains a lot of protein, amino acids, and vitamins (A, B, D, E). It also speeds up your metabolism, improves memory, and prevents muscular degradation!


(serves 1)

6 oz filet salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place salmon on a tray covered with aluminum foil. Rub olive oil onto the salmon’s surface.

Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly on top. Then add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Make sure salmon is cooked all the way through before serving it.