Freshman 15. Ever heard of it?

Back in my day, I witnessed it first hand by watching so many people inhaling the gravy and french fries in the cafeteria for lunch then gorging on KD for dinner. I was one of the majority of my peers with no idea how to shop, no idea how to cook, and no idea about the impact of eating take out and KD day after day.

I wish I had a few recipes to fall back on that were easy, quick, and cheap when I was in University.

This got me thinking – now that we are at the beginning of the school year, I am pulling together 5 super simple dinners.

Feel free to print the below recipe and pass it along to your kid.

Before starting, mix the marinade ingredients and add chicken. Let sit while the oven heats up. If you have time, marinate longer.

For the Potatoes

Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks. Put water in a pot and add the potato. Turn the element on to high and wait for it to boil. Once boiling, put the oven timer on for 10 minutes. Stick a fork in the potatoes and if they are soft, drain. Put the potatoes back in the pot and add 1 tbsp of butter, and add milk 1 tbsp at a time until you get the consistency you like.

For the Green Beans

At the same time you put the pot on for the potatoes, put some water in another pot and turn the element on to boil. Trim the beans-meaning, cut the ends off. Once the potatoes have boiled for 5 minutes, place the green beans in a steamer, place in the boiling water and cover. Once the beans have steamed for 4 minutes, they are ready to eat. Just add a pinch of salt to taste.

Balsamic Chicken

Super simple and tasty!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Chicken Breast(s)


  • Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Plce chicken on a baking sheet and pop in the oven. Set timer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and flip. Pop back in the oven and set timer for 15 minutes.
Keyword chicken