When I was in college I didn’t eat very well, there I said it outloud!
You know it’s a problem with the local fast food drive thru call you by your first name because they know your vehicle as it pulls into the drive thru.
The time had come after too many late nights eating food, that I am sure were not 100% all beef, and those delicious deep fried grease covered fries.
I made a change, and what a change it was. I think my body went into shock for awhile as I poured nutrition into it. I started to sleep better, and my concentration soared, and so did my grades!
One sunny Saturday morning, I laid out all the money I would have spent on fast food in front of me on the kitchen table, I was really surprised to see how much it really was!
Making the list came next, of all the things I wanted to cook and eat. However it dawned on me I wasn’t so sure there wwere pots and pans in my 1 bedroom apartment, I mean I had never even looked.
That was the first task, I located pots, pans, silverware, plates, cups and bowls. This was encourageing I found a pep in my step and headed out list in hand to the local grocery store.
As I entered the store I realized this to was a foreign experience, I felt like a tourist in Italy on a long holiday, not knowing the language, the culture or my way around.
Being in college I was blessed with problem solving skills, or so I was told, I mean I had survived this long, so I knew it was completely hopeless for me.
Looking at the list I went down each aisle and added to the cart the items I really wanted to get.
I put a can of cream of mushroom soup fresh mushrooms, and 1 onion in the cart. I also added some hamburger and macaroni and cheese, and even some fresh vegetables, I could barley navigate to check out.
I believe this might have been the beginning of my frugality for me, as the kind woman began to scan items and check me out, I watched as the tally went up and up!
Knowing how much I had to spend, I picked out what was important and asked her to kindly put everything else back, I would get these items the next paycheck.
When I got home I unloaded the groceries, wiped off the dust from the cabinets and began to dream of food, I was super hungry at this point. My left hand grabbed the can of mushroom soup, and my right had grabbed the mushrooms, my eyes landed on the onions, and I knew I was in business.
So off I went figuring out how to cook on my own for the very first time. The soup was not that great, it seems I forgot to put the milk in. However I was so very proud of myself for breaking up with the fast food guy, I actually could survive this crazy life and feed myself by cooking.
So many years have gone by from those days, the mushroom soup has gotten better and better over the years. The family luvs it so much I always make a really big batch for the leftovers!
So heres to all those college students out there that are just figuring out how to cook and feed themselves and survive the college years.
You can do it!
Easy Creamy Cream of Mushroom Soup
This mushroom soup has gotten better and better over the years. The family luvs it so much I always make a really big batch for the leftovers
In your cast iron skillet add the sliced onions and butter and a dab of worcestershire, cook until softened and brown. Add the mushrooms cook until soft.
In your saucepan pour in the condensed mushroom soup and equal can of milk, salt and pepper a few red pepper flakes to taste. Now its time to add the onions and mushrooms. Stir in the sour cream, season with more worcestershire as needed. Cook until nice and hot. Stir constantly -this burns easily.