What to Eat When You Have Nothing to Eat

What to Eat When You Have Nothing to Eat

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Last-minute snack ideas to fuel your brain and feed your tummy

Madelaine Chrisanthidis, Contributor 

We’ve all been there: it’s eight o’clock at night, you’re exhausted from having class all day, and you don’t even want to think about the work you have yet to complete. Stomach rumbling, you open your fridge expecting to miraculously find something you can eat besides a cup of noodles coupled with energy drinks. Nope! All you’ve got are ingredients and an empty stomach. Don’t give up and order food; here’s what you can make on those days when you’ve got nothing to eat:

  1. A wrap or sandwich: They’re a classic lazy meal for a reason. Easy to make, and easy to travel with to the library because you totally forgot you have a paper due tonight. If you’re looking for something really low effort, a quesadilla or grilled cheese is always a great option. 
  1. Breakfast: Eggs and toast, avocado toast, pancakes, or oatmeal. Breakfast foods usually take ten minutes to cook and are easy to master. Also, it’s the most important meal of the day, so why not have it whenever you want? 
  1. Stir fry: If you pan-fry anything with onion and garlic it will taste good. Trust me. Toss some meat or tofu in a pan with some veggies, serve over rice or on its own, and you’ve got a healthy, 15-minute meal before you know it. I recommend shrimp, broccoli, and mushrooms personally, but experiment with whatever you’ve got!
  1. Salad: Grab your freshest vegetables, that dressing you bought months ago and never used, and some protein. It doesn’t even need to have lettuce. You could make a pasta salad and have leftovers for a few more last-minute meals. 
  1. Charcuterie board: Anything can go on a charcuterie board if you aren’t a coward: Even animal crackers. Arrange them in a circle if you’re feeling fancy. I won’t judge if you won’t.