In last week’s blog, we shared pro cooking tips with residents of our apartments near MTSU. In this week’s post, we’re going to share some not-so-pro cooking tips. That’s our way of saying that this week’s post is about meals that people cook when they don’t really know how to cook. We’re talking about the simple meals; the meals that you made when you were first allowed to use the stove as a kid.


There’s no shame in making simple meals. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches taste good; there’s no denying that. Grilled cheese sandwiches don’t have much nutritional value, but they’re quick and easy to make when you’re in a rush. We’re not here to bash simple meals, in fact, we’re here to help you make them even better.


Check out the list of ways to improve simple meals below, and let us know on Facebook if you end up trying any of our suggestions! Also, please be sure to share this post with friends and neighbors at your MTSU apartments who might need some advice on how to improve their not-so-great grilled cheeses.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich


For such a simple sandwich, there sure are a lot of ways to modify this classic American meal. The first thing you need to understand is that nowhere in the name, “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” does it say that you have to use regular old bread. Try toasting a couple waffles and using them instead, or cut a loaf of banana bread into slices and use those.


Some people prefer whole grain bread for their PB&Js, and that’s fine. If that’s the case, you can still improve your sandwich by using real fruit instead of jelly. Using real fruit is like cutting out the middleman. Try bananas, strawberries, blueberries or even blackberries if you’re feeling adventurous.


Grilled Cheese Sandwich


You probably don’t think of grilled cheese sandwiches as fancy cuisine that can be served at party. However, when you add tomatoes and replace the cheddar cheese with feta cheese, grilled cheeses become exactly that. To add some extra flavor, grill some garlic in your pan before you place your grilled cheese on it. Lastly, we recommend sprinkling a bit of cheese on the outside of the sandwich before you grill it. That way, you’re able to experience the maximum amount of cheesy goodness in every bite.




There aren’t too many ways to alter a standard quesadilla. After all, the only ingredients are tortillas and cheese. If you’re willing to go down the rabbit hole of adding filling to your quesadilla, however, you can turn this medium-sized meal into a full on entree.


The first thing to remember about adding filling to your quesadilla is that every new ingredient will make your quesadilla thicker and harder to handle. Nothing ruins a quesadilla faster than having half the ingredients fall out as you take your first bite. For that reason, you’re going to want to choose light filling options like spinach, mushrooms and crumbled bacon. Anything heavier than that and you’re in trouble.


That’s our list of tips for this week, folks! Thanks for reading the latest edition of the University Ridge blog! We hope your next grilled cheese sandwich is one thousand times better than your last grilled cheese sandwich.


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