College Student Meals - Pasta and Gyros Week

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This week I have for you the latest installment of College Student Meals and today I’m featuring a wonderful pasta recipe and a flavorful recipe for easy gyros along with several other favorites.

I’m finally back home from an amazing blogging conference in Houston. I was able to attend the first Blog Elevated Conference and it was fantastic.  There were so many great speakers who gave presentations on publishing, YouTube, the business of blogging and so much more. If you’d like to read more,  I’ll have a detailed blog post up in the next few days.

So, are you settling into the routine of college life yet?  Sometimes it can take a while. As with most things, just take one day at a time and as the year goes on, you’ll begin to fall into a routine. At least that’s what I tell myself and it’s what I tell my older kids who are off at school.

While I was away, I found a few really cool things that I’m so excited to share with you.

First off, I believe that being organized can make life less stressful. Rooms that are cluttered tend to make me feel scatter-brained, but look at how organized and neat this closet is. Everything is in it’s own place. I could certainly do this same thing in my own home. Dorm and apartment closets can be so incredibly small, it ‘s hard to fit a lot inside. But these closet organizers from Pottery Barn would be perfect for storing more in your closet. You can find them at PB Teen.


Photo courtesy PB Teen

Photo courtesy PB Teen


Do you use a planner? I could never live without mine. Even though I can keep dates and times of appointments on my phone, I’m totally a paper and pen kind of person. I need to write things down. I love these Erin Condren planners, especially this one where you can list the words for your favorite things and they will print them all on the cover of your planner. Isn’t that cool! The words you choose all have some personal meaning for you. I really love this idea! These planners may be a little pricey, but you can find planners all over that will fit within your budget.

Erin Condren Planner

Erin Condren Life Planner


Let’s talk about breakfast, shall we? We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but often we find ourselves in such a rush that we grab something (usually not very healthy) as we run out the door. I’m guilty of this as well but I do try to take a couple of minutes to fix something easy that will keep my energy level up until lunchtime. A few months ago, I wrote this post on my blog and think it might be good to reference again;  10 Easy Breakfast Recipes For Busy College Students.

College Student Meals from ZagLeft

Greek yogurt with cinnamon, pecans and raisins


Have a great week!


Pasta With Fresh Mint and Sweet Peas – Pasta should be an item you always have in your pantry. So many foods can be mixed in with pasta to create a healthy, hearty meal. My favorite way to eat pasta is very simply. I add a little olive oil to the cooked pasta then top with a tiny bit of butter and fresh shredded parmesan cheese.

I know you’ll love this recipe for Pasta With Fresh Mint and Peas. The peas and mint go very well together.

Pasta with Fresh Mint and Peas from Zagleft


1/2 package of spaghetti

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 shallot, thinly sliced

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 tablespoon butter

Click HERE for recipe instructions.



Quick Minestrone Soup – Minestrone Soup is so easy to prepare. Use your favorite kinds of frozen vegetables along with your favorite noodle. It’s quick, delicious, full of vegetables and the beans are a great source of protein.

Easy minestroni from zagleft


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

4 cups vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup frozen vegetables (your choice)

1 cup cooked pasta (choose either, elbow macaroni, penne, orzo, broken spaghetti or your favorite)

1 can red beans, rinsed and drained

parmesan cheese


In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil.  Add the onion, garlic, basil and oregano to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add the broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Add in the spinach, vegetables and pasta and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Drain and rinse the red beans and add them to the pot.  Stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.  Serve with grated parmesan cheese.


Hamburger Gyros

Hamburger Gyros from Zagleft


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 teaspoon greek seasoning (or a combination of oregano, onion powder, garlic powder and mint)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/4 small onion, sliced

1/2 red pepper, seeded and sliced

1 clove garlic, sliced

1 or 2 pieces of naan or flour tortillas

shredded cheddar cheese


Heat a large skillet on medium high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the ground beef to the pan; stir in the greek seasoning, salt and pepper and cook until browned.  Transfer the cooked ground beef to a plate lined with a paper towel.

Return the skillet to the stove and add the onions and red pepper.  Cook until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Warm the naan in either the oven or a microwave.  Place the ground beef in the center of the naan.  Add the vegetables and top with shredded cheese.

Salami and Provolone Egg Bake 

Salami and Provolone Egg Bake from Zagleft


3 large eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup chopped salami

3 slices of provolone cheese, chopped

1/2 small onion

1 clove garlic

1/2 red pepper

*Use an 8×8 pan or other small baking dish.


Butter the dish and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.  Whisk in the cream.  Stir in the salami, cheese, onion, garlic and red pepper.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Tuna Tortilla Wrap

Tuna Tortilla Wraps from Zagleft



1 or 2 tortillas

1 cup shredded cheese

1 cup lettuce, chopped

1/2 cup chopped drained tomatoes

1 4-oz. can tuna, drained and crumbled

1 teaspoon olive oil

pinch of salt and pepper


Place tortilla on a microwave safe plate and put the cheese on top.  Microwave until the cheese melts, about 20 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the lettuce, tomatoes, tuna, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place on the tortilla.  Roll or fold over to eat.


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  • 1 package pasta
  • butter
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can red beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • naan or tortillas
  • cheddar cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • eggs
  • heavy cream
  • a few slices of provolone cheese
  • a few slices of salami
  • 1 4-ounce can tuna
  • olive oil
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • greek seasoning
  • frozen peas
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 shallot
  • fresh mint
  • garlic
  • onion
  • spinach
  • red pepper
  • 1 tomato


  1. Use these ingredients to make 5 complete meals with enough for leftovers and lunches.


Remember to check your pantry and refrigerator for items on the grocery list that you may have already purchased.

 Joanie Zisk writes about food, wine, travel and family and you can read more on her blog, ZagLeft