Making the switch from college to the real world doesn't have to be tough — at least when it comes to finding your meals. You may no longer have the conveniences of a 24-hour dining hall to keep you fueled, but not to worry! Food52 has rounded up the perfect dishes every adult should know how to make, so you'll never find yourself looking for something to eat.
Here at Food52, we love recipes — but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.
Today: What you should have on hand as you move out of the dining halls and into the real world — a world that includes kitchens.
It's graduation month, so if you or anyone you know is graduating, you've probably read all the Buzzfeed listicles floating around. ("13,597 Things Every Former Undergrad Will Miss!" 1. Watching all of your classmates troop to the lawns on the first sunny day of the year; 2. Huddling up in the library for 30 hours straight with nothing but a large cup of coffee and a sense of impending doom; 3. Late night heart-to-hearts with Ellie Goulding playing in the background, etc.)
But you know what you won't miss? The College Student's Diet: dining hall food on good days, vegetables on great days, take-out on bad ones, and Hot Cheetos washed down with espresso on the worst. Not to mention the sheets of cookies and vats of ice cream after each bad break-up.
Whether you're saying goodbye to campus life forever or for a while, browse through these 18 guides for basic foods you can make and customize now that you're free from meal plans, course schedules, and constantly recurring nightmares of midterms:
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More: Whip up some homemade salsa for those nachos.
More: Switch it up with lentil soup.
More: Make vegetarian or vegan chili when you need a little something extra.
18. Banana Bread by Hillary Reeves
By Jenny Xu