Moving away for school means experiencing exciting things like meeting new friends, trying new things, and gaining a new level of independence. However, moving away for school also means experiencing new challenges. Increased school work is hard enough without having to figure out things like “how do I do my laundry in a way that doesn’t ruin my clothing?” or “how do I make my own meals?”. Worry no more! I am going to share with you my personal favourite when it comes to university meals: the potato.

Potatoes are quite inexpensive and extremely versatile. Also, potato based meals are fairly low maintenance! Here are some easy potato ideas, with simple instructions.

Mashed potatoes.  I love nothing more than a huge plate of mash. So, I may be biased, but I believe that this dish is both super easy and super rewarding. Get a big pot filled with water and put it on the stove at high heat. Cut your potato into quarters, or smaller chunks depending on the size. Usually one potato is a great portion size when cooking for one. Boil the potato until it’s soft when poked with a fork. Drain the water and mash with your fork (or a masher, if you have one). Add milk, butter, salt and pepper for classic mash, or play around with ingredients! Some of my favourites are garlic, or bacon and green onion!

Wedges or oven fries. This recipe is also super easy. Cut potatoes into wedges or fries. In a bowl, mix the wedges, a dash of vegetable oil, and some of your favourite spices. Put into the oven on a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 400, flipping halfway. Every oven is different, so the first couple times, keep an eye on the wedges to make sure they don’t overcook!

Microwave baked potato. Ever wanted a potato, but didn’t have the 30 minutes to cook it? Here is the solution! Take a regular potato and poke holes all over it with a fork. Rub it in some oil and salt, and put it into the microwave for 5-7 minutes. When you pull it out, you will have a perfectly cooked baked potato in less than 10 minutes! Garnish with butter, sour cream, bacon, green onions, cheese, or whatever else you fancy! 

Who else is getting hungry after all this potato talk? So what are you waiting for? Go and make your very own potato dish following one of these recipes or your own creation! Still not inspired? Check out or lists of student friendly recipes and dorm room recipes.

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