The rumors are true: You’ll live off Ramen in college – that is unless you learn to cook.
Cooking for the first time by yourself can be both exciting and scary. I did manage to cook in my apartment for the first time and it was a blast. I decided to make something for dinner that I knew wouldn’t be too difficult: spaghetti squash. Plus, I’ve seen my parents make this so many times. Spaghetti squash is called spaghetti because the insides of a squash look like angel hair pasta. This alternative is not only healthier, but also cheaper! As a college student, inexpensive food and ingredients are an important factor when shopping.
I went to the grocery store and got everything that I needed to cook. The spaghetti sauce, spaghetti squash and coffee (running low on coffee is definitely an emergency) rang just under $10.
When I got back to my apartment and unloaded my groceries, I realized a sharp knife to cut open my spaghetti squash would have been nice to have. So, using a somewhat dull knife, it took me probably 10 minutes to cut through my spaghetti squash. The risk of chopping off a finger was pretty high.
After finally cutting it open (with all fingers intact), I took both halves and put them on a cookie sheet with olive oil. Then I cooked the halves in the oven for 45 minutes. I watched a movie as the spaghetti squash cooked. Once the timer on my phone went off, I paused the movie and took the spaghetti squash out of the oven.
It was perfect. I let it cool for a couple of minutes and then shredded the insides of the spaghetti squash with a fork. The shredded insides become the veggie noodles. Next, I warmed up the spaghetti sauce and poured it all over my “pasta.” Bon appétit!
My meal was delicious, mostly because I made it myself. Accomplishment tastes good. There is something really satisfying about creating your own dinner without any help. Even though I love to dine at the eateries on campus, cooking at home was a nice change. I can’t wait to invite my friends over and host a dinner party! Any recommendations on what to cook next? Share your favorite recipe!
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