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Cooking and Nutrition


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! Check our calendar for upcoming food related events here.


In this multi week cooking series, you can learn how to cook and meet new friends in a relaxing environment. From developing knife skills to creating your own teriyaki sauce, we are confident that you will grow your kitchen skills from being a part of this program. Because UCSB Cooks has a high demand, there is an application process, but don't worry we offer this series every quarter so apply and we hope to cook with you soon.

To apply for UCSB Cooks series click here 


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. 


If you need some more healthy recipe inspiration, make sure to check out the Good and Cheap 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!

For other recipe inspiration the Department of Health and Wellness and the Library have teamed up on a digital collection of cookbooks on a range of different cuisines. Find more 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