$10 Gourmet: Tasty meals on a college budget

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$10 Gourmet: Tasty meals on a college budget

Muffin-tin egg cups

Photos by Travis Hajenga

By Travis Hajenga

College is a new chapter of life filled with immense changes, not to mention the never-ending quest for some extra cash (or loose change).

If you’re like me, it’s hard to find the time or the money for good quality food. We all know that something fresh and healthy is much better brain food than the alternative: the quick drive-thru meals we turn to all too often.

Welcome to The $10 Gourmet—a place to help create delicious meals for under ten dollars with enough leftovers to allow you to have homemade awesomeness throughout the week.

Shopping at the nearest grocery store, I was able to purchase the ingredients for $8.80.

Simple and easy Denver Omelette Egg Cups

Yield: 12 servings.

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

Chop up the veggies and ham into small cubes. In a frying pan, quickly cook the veggies over medium-high heat—enough to make them sweat. You’ll still want them a little al dente (crunchy). Now, sear the ham steak. I like to have the edges seared, which adds flavor and texture. Set aside. Crack eggs into large bowl and toss in some cheddar cheese. Mix. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Garlic powder and other herbs can also be added.

Now comes the fun! Take out that muffin tin. If tin is non-stick, you’re good to go, but if it’s a regular tin, cooking spray will be needed to prevent sticking or use muffin papers. Place ham and veggies in the bottom and then pour the egg and cheese mixture on top—about ½ to ¾ to the top. Once all spots are filled or eggs run out, pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 350°F.

When finished, pull out and let cool for a few minutes. Next, devour at least one! For the meal prep, grab some plastic baggies or containers, portion out for the week and place in freezer. To use, just pull out and these tasty delights microwave in 30-45 seconds (depending on the microwave). Now you have a tasty, healthy breakfast for the week.

Bring on the exams.

If you want to switch up your options, now is your time. Add only veggies to some cups and all the ingredients to others. You can also add completely different ingredients to create flavors of your own like basil and tomatoes with mozzarella for an Italian twist. This makes the leftovers more exciting.

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