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Moving back home or into your own place is a hard enough adjustment as it is, but when you throw in the fact that you have to fend for yourself in the kitchen, living on your own can seem downright dreadful!

Recently, I decided to commute to campus for a semester in order to take some courses over the summer. Among the things I learned along the way was that buying food everyday leaves you with an empty wallet, and that nobody has the time or energy in the morning to throw together a complicated yet delicious meal.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to compile a list of quick and easy meals that will be useful for commuters and off-campus residents alike.

Today’s post features: Lunch! (Because somehow it’s easier to skip breakfast and dinner during the day.)

1. Salad In a Jar

If you’re a salad fan, or just need to make sure you actually eat your veggies now and then, this is a simple and ingenious idea that is extremely quick to throw together. Follow the recipe in the link above, or just simply choose your favorite dressing, veggies, and lettuce and layer them in a jar in that order. Seal the lid, and tada! Quick, portable and can be stored in your fridge for a long time.

2. Panini

Sandwiches are the primary go-to option when you’re in a rush and need to create something quickly. But why content yourself with the boring old peanut butter and jelly, or a bagel and cream cheese? Investing in a panini press will deliver you delicious gourmet sandwiches without having to haul out the frying pan. You can opt for a traditional Caprese, brushed with olive oil and filled with mozzarella and tomato, or toss all the leftovers lying around in your fridge. Best part is, you’ll be out the door in less than 10 minutes. Click on the link above for 50 traditional panini recipes to try out!

3. Soups

Possibly one of the easiest things to make and take. There’s no need to slave away over the stove chopping vegetables and meat, there’s more than just Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup in the grocery stores now. With an astonishing array of soups ranging from Thai to Indian, there is bound to be a canned or boxed soup out there to suit your fancy. Plus, if you pour it into a thermos once heated, there’s no need to hunt for a microwave come lunch time!

4. Burgers, Pitas and Wraps

If you buy the frozen kind and throw them in the oven before getting ready in the morning, they’ll be ready to go by the time you leave. Nuggets and hot dogs work well for this too! On the same thread, pita pockets or fajita tortillas are super cheap and easy to toss leftovers into.

Come September, I’m planning on trying all of these out (and more!). I’ll be posting my favorite recipes as well, so keep an eye out!

Happy cooking!

Got more grab-n-go ideas? Let us know!

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Image courtesy of stevendepolo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).