Collegiate meals trailblazer trebuchet03 has graduated college, thus rendering him incapable of making a collegiate meal--but not to fear, I am still nowhere near a degree and can therefore pick up the slack. Thus, a gallery of simple (that's the maximum level of cooking I can handle) meals with easy-to-find ingredients (that's the maximum level of ingredient-finding I can handle), many of which are reused again and again (don't want to waste food).
I spent the summer in an apartment with terrible lighting, which made my job more difficult, but somehow I managed to power through. I probably spent more time taking pictures than actually cooking, which should say something about the level of culinary talent required to produce these meals. But I think I also managed to make them look respectable. Well, you know what they say: Cooking is 99% presentation and 50% figuring out how to turn on the stove*.
*They may not actually say this. It's a disputed quote.
These are in chronological order, and they almost definitely improve as time goes on.
Step 1: Pineapple and Asparagus Chicken
Ingredients: chicken, asparagus, pineapple, rice, salt/pepper.
This chicken was pre-cooked, but it is simple grilled chicken. I think it was bought at the store.
Making asparagus or broccoli is simple and delicious. I did it in most of these dishes. Bring a pot of water to boil and add salt. Put in the uncooked asparagus/broccoli and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Take it out when it's no longer hard--I like it particularly soft, but you can taste your way to perfection.
The pineapple was briefly grilled on a stovetop.
The rice was put in the microwave. For more on cooking rice in the microwave, see Hungry Person: Step 5.