Today, we bring you another installment of our recipe series for MA students! The goal is to provide you with recipes that are easy to make, relatively cheap, and mostly healthy. Whether you’re just starting out or you are hard at work in your Medical Assistant program, it’s important to keep your energy up and receive proper nutrients.
We compiled a list of easy-yet-tasty meals thanks to an article by Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar. To get the instructions and ingredients, be sure to visit The Simple Dollar after reading our favorite picks!
1. Egg and black bean burritos (cost per serving: 61 cents). “If you’re looking for a cheap, nutritious breakfast you can eat on the go, look no further than this recipe for egg and black bean burritos.”
2. Pancakes with apple slices (cost per serving: 66 cents). “We have pancakes (or waffles) with fruit for breakfast about every other weekend. It’s also another good option when you’re in the mood for breakfast at dinnertime, too!”
3. Sausage, peppers, and onions (cost per serving: $1.61). “This is an easy-to-make, flavorful favorite. Just slice up some sweet Italian pork sausage (or chicken sausage), a sweet onion, some colorful bell peppers, and a couple cloves of garlic, and sauté them all in a large pot with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, and pepper.”
4. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (cost per serving: 58 cents). “When it comes to cheap meals, there is none more iconic than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can make your PB&J as fancy or simple as you like.”
5. ‘Pizza’ on bagels, thick toast, or English muffins (cost per serving: 63 cents). “This meal is as easy as it sounds. Take a bagel, English muffin, or piece of bread, load it with all the toppings you’d use on a pizza, and bake it in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Delicious and easy (even easier if you have a toaster oven).”
6. Grilled cheese and tomato soup (cost per serving: $1.37-$2.11). “Grilled cheese and tomato soup, shared by Colleen, is one of the most nutritious cheap-and-easy meals out there. We often make it around here for lunches.”
7. Mediterranean pasta salad (cost per serving: 78 cents). “This quick, easy pasta dish can be a side dish or a main meal, and makes a nice antidote to the mayonnaise-soaked pasta salad of summer cookouts.”
8. Zucchini pizzas (cost per serving: $1.08). “If you’ve been looking for a low-carb way to enjoy pizza, try this!”
9. Ham, white beans, and cornbread (cost per serving: $1.25). “This recipe will help you whip up a pot of ham-and-beans that won’t be forgotten.”
10. Grilled chicken and sweet potato fries (cost per serving: $1.83). “In any kind of weather, grilled chicken and sweet potato fries are sure to please the palate.”
11. Spaghetti with homemade marinara (cost per serving: $1.36). “Making your own marinara sauce is easy. All you have to do is sauté a large can of tomatoes, half an onion (chopped), and a pinch of garlic together for 10-20 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.”
12. Pot roast with vegetables (cost per serving: $1.40). “This meal is perfect for fall, winter, or any time you are due for some meat and potatoes.”
13. Lentil stew (cost per serving: 91 cents). “We make a stew similar to this in our family crock pot all the time. The house smells incredibly good by the end of the day.”
14. Ratatouille (cost per serving: $1.80). “An ‘easy’ way to make ratatouille is to just stir fry your vegetables in olive oil, making sure to add them in the right order — starting with the ones that need the most cooking time.”
15. Chili (cost per serving: $1.36). “Chili is one of those great stew-type dishes that you can make a hundred different ways, all of them cheap, and all of them delicious. Here’s a good, basic recipe you can tinker with.”
About the Medical Assistant Program at Unitek
Founded in 2002, Unitek College is an accredited, private institution that provides training for the next generation of healthcare professionals. With seven campuses in California, Unitek offers educational programs in the cities of Bakersfield, Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Sacramento, San Jose, and South San Francisco. All of these locations offer an MA program that can be completed in as little as 9 months.
At Unitek, current MA students learn through expert lectures, practical training, and supervised externships. If you’re not a student, though, you might have some questions about formal training. Below, we’ve included a few that we have commonly seen:
+ How long is a Medical Assistant training program? We delve into this here.
+ How do I find Medical Assistant schools near me? Our article may help—check it out here.
+ Is the Bay Area a great place to go to MA school? Check out another one of our articles here.
+ Once you’re a certified MA, how can you grow your career? Look into this with us here.
For more information about the MA program or Unitek College, check out our contact page and call a friendly school representative!