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Cooking and Nutrition

Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills

Interested in cooking healthy and delicious meals on a budget? Check out a list of original and creative recipes created by the amazing Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills team. Not only will you be able to brush up on your cooking skills by creating dishes that are going to impress your family and friends, you'll even be saving money in the process. Click here for a full list of recipes!

Home Cooking Peers

Do you need help figuring out how to prepare simple meals within your budget? Do you feel like you need more support in the kitchen? Not sure what to make for dinner or how to best shop to meet your budget? To make your transition to campus smoother, the Department of Health & Wellness would like to offer you access to our very own Home Cooking Peers.

Our coaches are trained in various areas such as cooking simple, healthy, affordable recipes, budgeting, meal planning, and kitchen safety. So no matter what resource you need, you will have access to us via our flexible appointment system! Join us for a one-on-one appointment, or feel free to invite your housemates to learn along with you.

Make an appointment with a Home Cooking Peer: http://bit.ly/cookingaptf20

UCSB Cooks

In this multi week cooking series, not only can you learn how to cook but you can also meet new friends in a relaxing environment. From developing knife skills to creating white bean pasta, we are confident that you will grow from being a part of this program. Because UCSB Cooks has a high demand, there is an application process. However, we encourage you to apply and we hope to see you soon! In the meantime, if you would like to get a better view into what our Cooks program is like, scroll below for testimonials, pictures, cooking tutorials from the Spring of 2020, and fliers on food substitutions and oil smoke points. 

Registration for Fall 2020 has closed. Check back at Health and Wellness when the Winter 2021 Application opens! 

Recipes for UCSB Students
Here are a list of our favorite recipes written for (and by!) UCSB students. They are quick to cook, nutritious, and inexpensive. What will you cook tonight? Click HERE to see recipes. 
UCSB Budget Bytes

If you need some more healthy recipe inspiration, make sure to check out the Everyday Healthy Meals cookbook. Not only does it include balanced, nutritional breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes, it also contains a handy measurement chart and a seasonal guide to fruits and vegetables. Cooking's never been easier!

To access the book, click here!

Budget Bites: Oatmeal with Apples and Honey

1.5 oz oatmeal
1/2 cup water
1 apple
1 oz honey 

Budget Bites: Oatmeal with Cranberries and Peanut Butter

1 cup water
1.5 oz oatmeal
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon cranberries

Budget Bites: Lentil Soup

2 carrots
1/2 onion
1 stalk of celery
2 potatoes
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup water
1 oz lentils
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

Budget Bites: Burrito Bowl

1 cup water
1 cup rice
1/2 head of lettuce
3 tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato sauce

1 teaspoon garlic
1 oz tomatoes
3 tablespoons corn
1 teaspoon pepper
Bit of parsley

Budget Bites: Chicken Breast, Lentils, and Salad

1/2 cup water                               
1 oz dried lentils           
Pinch of salt                               

1 cup mixed greens
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar


Chicken Breast:
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 chicken breast


Budget Bites: BRC Burrito with Broccoli

1 cup water
1 oz brown rice
2 pinches of salt
1 oz dried black beans
1 oz broccoli crowns
1 oz cheese
1 oz salsa
1 oz sour cream
1 tortilla