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College Fatty: Kitchen Essentials

Danielle Dabrio-Carroll

Here are some essential food items every college student should have in their refrigerator

In college, food essentials are important. One of the many things we must battle being on a college campus all day is the urge to eat all the amazing fast food goodies that seem to be in the most convenient areas. Like on your path to class, where your study group is meeting, and all the best activities seem to be in the center of it. There’s sometimes even a coffee and bagel shop in the library that’s open basically 24 hours (like on my campus). This can cause unnecessary eating, overeating, and wasting money, all of these things are what packs on weights and lightens up already low wallets. So we’re going to talk about one of the ways we can combat this and win the battle against outside eating. One way of doing this is not being hungry of course. How will you not be hungry? Sorry to say this but you’re going to have to cook, blasphemy I know. I’m sure this is something you want to do though right? You just don’t know where to start right? Of course! So I’m going to help you by living you this list of things you should always have in your kitchen for when you come home and want to whip something up and avoid running to the grocery store for every little thing. Some of these may sound like no brainers, but stick with me, they get overlooked on the grocery list more times than you think.

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Milk or Almond Milk




Sliced Bread

Tortillas-This is a more versatile grain than sliced bread. They can be used for quesadillas, tacos, and wraps. They have a long shelf life in the fridge, just toss them in the oven for few minutes if you want them soften up.




Frozen Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken


Basic Pantry Items

Needs no explaining





Garlic Powder

Olive Oil

Canola Oil

Vanilla Extract

White Wine (for sauces)


Hot Sauce

Soy Sauce

Baking Soda





Canned Diced Tomatoes

Canned Tomato Sauce

Canned Soups

*Anything canned is usually good to keep on hand, just avoid anything with MSG

*Avoid ramen! It’s cheap I know, but remember, you get what you pay fo. /km.

Ketchup/Mustard/BBQ Sauce (If you’ll use them…)


Sweets (Don’t go overboard)

Chocolate Chips(for when your cookies, cakes, or brownies need a little extra flare)

Cake/Brownie Mix

Chips Ahoy Cookies/Oreos

Ice Cream (try to get ice cream bars or the small single servings to avoid binging)

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