This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.
Your early 20s is a time for learning and growing–both in and outside of a classroom. If you’re heading into college for the first time or just returning for another year, it won’t be long until you’ll be tossed into a world where making it to an 8 AM lab is no longer the priority–instead, you get to focus on navigating a career, filing for taxes, getting your own insurance, figuring out the whole relationship thing, setting up a long-term savings plan . . . stressed yet? Oh, and you should also figure out how to feed yourself nutritious-ish meals that you actually sorta made yourself.
Whether or not college is for you, feeding yourself is a must. And nailing down some basic guidepost recipes during this period of life will serve you well for many years to come. If you’re just heading into your twenties, you’re lucky—you’ve got a few years to get these dishes down. If you’re getting up there…well, you need to start having more dinner parties. These are the recipes that will provide a foundation for your food future.