Quick and Easy Meals on a Budget







By: Holly Fujan

Being in college, I know it can be hard to find time for school, homework and a job, let alone cooking yourself something other than a frozen pizza or a bowl of cereal. Cooking can be very time consuming. Below are a couple of recipes I always keep on hand. They are quick, easy and affordable, but even better than that they all involve pork!

Spiffy Grilled Cheese Sandwich: This recipe is quick and easy. It is a grilled cheese sandwich with a little twist. What you will need:

  • Loaf of bread
  • 3 slices of cheese (which ever kind you prefer)
  • 2 avocado slices
  • 2 strips of cooked bacon
  • 1 slice of tomato
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese (I prefer the chive and onion flavored)  holly food 1

Slice your bread into thick slices and spread butter on the outside or the sides that will be touching the pan like when making a grilled cheese. Spread cream cheese on the inside of the slices. Begin stacking the cheese, tomato slice, avocado slices, cheese, bacon and cheese (in that order or else it will taste bad!). Top off with the other slice of bread. Heat a pan on medium to medium-low heat and place your sandwich in it. Cook on each side about 5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown.

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Calzones: These calzones only take about 20 and do not take very many ingredients, making them very simple. You will need:

  • 1 tube of croissant roll dough (need 4 croissant dough triangles for each calzone)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Meat of your choice (ham, bacon, pork sausage, pepperoni)
  • Any other toppings of your choice

Spray your baking sheet with a non-stick spray. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Roll out your dough from the package. It comes in triangles, so take two of the triangles to make one rectangle. Lay down two of these rectangles onto the pan and pinch the seam together.

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Load up any filling you want on top of these rectangles leaving about 1 to 1/2 inch space around the edge. Unroll your second package of dough and lay down another rectangle of dough on top of the filling. Around the edge, press down gently with a fork to seal. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.holly food 7

Pizza Rolls: This is similar to the last recipe, but with a little different presentation. You will need:

  • 1 package of pre-made pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup of pizza sauce
  • Diced pepperoni, ham or bacon
  • 1 cup of shredded pizza cheese blend


Pre-heat your oven to 375ºF. Using a 16×10 inch baking sheet, spray the pan then roll out your pre-made dough so it lays even on the sheet. Evenly spread your sauce, then cheese, then diced pepperoni, ham or bacon over the dough but leave a 1 inch margin around the edges. Start on one of the longer sides, and begin to roll the dough, pinch together the seam.holly food 3

Slice the roll into 8 even slices and place on a baking dish (that’s already been sprayed with non-stick). Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!holly food 4



Baked Pork Sausage Meatballs: Easy meatball recipe that goes great with your favorite pasta. You will need:


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


Preheat your oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl mix together all of the ingredients except for 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, evenly scoop out a portion of the mixture and roll in your hands to make a nice even ball. In a bowl, gently roll the meatball in the rest of the bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spread them evenly on the sheet, about an inch between them, and bake for 20 minutes.

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Sloppy Joes: This is a simple sloppy joe recipe made with pork sausage! Make for good leftovers you can enjoy the next day. You will need:


  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 small onion and/or green pepper chopped
  • Hotdog or hamburger buns


Brown pork sausage with onion and/or green pepper, drain fat. Add remaining ingredients, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes. Spread some butter on the hot dog buns and broil in the oven for a few minutes before eating.holly food 9holly food 10



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