Fast and Easy Food: 3 Recipes Students Can Make for Move-In Helpers

By Brittany Hawes on August 29, 2017

If you’re an incoming student on the verge of moving into your dorm or first apartment, you’re probably going to have family and/or friends helping you make the transition into your new place.

What kinds of snacks can you prepare to keep your helpers happy and show them how appreciated they are? What easy but delicious recipe will show your mom that, no, you’re not going to starve now that you’ve left the nest?

This article has you covered! Here are three fast and easy recipes that you can make for everyone helping you make the big move to your new home.

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Recipe #1 — Deviled Eggs

This first dish is a favorite of mine. Deviled eggs are so easy to make and they offer a nice alternative to the basic boiled egg. They can even be stored in the fridge so your guests can pick off of them throughout the day. Plus, each egg will still taste fresh, even hours into your moving process.

What You’ll Need:

•8 eggs

•1 and ¼ teaspoon of salt

•¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper

•½ cup of mayonnaise

•1 teaspoon of yellow mustard

•A pot

•A large bowl


Place eggs into the pot. Fill the pot with water until the water is at least two inches above your eggs. Add one teaspoon of salt to boiling water to make eggs a bit easier to peel. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off heat. Cover pot with a lid and let sit for around 10 minutes.

Drain water from the pot and then run cold water over eggs. Peel eggs and discard of shells. Place eggs on a plate and then slice each one in half, starting from the tip. Using a spoon, scoop out cooked yolk from the halves and put the yolks in a bowl. Combine yolks with remaining salt, ground pepper, mayonnaise, and mustard.

Afterwards, use a spoon to evenly distribute the mixture back into the boiled egg whites. Cover your newly formed deviled eggs with plastic wrap or put in Tupperware. Store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  After that, you’ll have a delicious finger food for every pair of helping hands!

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Recipe #2 — Easy Finger Sandwiches (With Variations!)

Don’t have a lot of ingredients at your new place just yet? No problem! This recipe only calls for the most basic of ingredients. You can switch up the kind of bread you use, fillings, and condiments to fit the tastes of your helpers, making this sandwich recipe incredibly versatile.

I’ll include three different ways you can use this recipe but don’t be afraid to play around with your favorite breads, meats, and sauces to make it your own. You can also try cutting the sandwiches into fun shapes using small cookie cutters to make it a little more fun.

Turkey-American Finger Sandwiches

What You’ll Need:

•6 pieces of whole wheat bread

•6 slices of roasted, pre-packaged turkey



•1 tomato, sliced

•3 slices of American cheese



Take out two pieces of bread. Using your knife, remove crusts from the bread. Spread mayonnaise and mustard onto one side of both pieces. Add a slice of cheese, a slice of tomato, and two slices of turkey on top of one piece of bread. Form a sandwich by adding the other piece of bread.

Use a knife to divide the sandwich into four square sections. Repeat this process with the rest of your ingredients until you have 12 small sandwiches.

Tuna Salad Finger Sandwiches

What You’ll Need:

•6 slices of white bread

•2 cans of white meat tuna in water

•½ cup of mayonnaise

•1 and ½ tablespoons of sweet relish





Mince your tuna with a fork and add to the bowl. Add mayonnaise and sweet relish and mix all ingredients together. Cut the crusts from your bread with your knife. Spread a dollop of tuna salad onto a piece of bread and then add another piece of bread to form a sandwich. Slice the sandwich into four squares and set aside. Repeat this process until you have 12 small sandwiches.

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

 What You’ll Need:

•6 slices of white bread

•6 boiled eggs, peeled

•1 teaspoon of salt

•½ teaspoon of pepper

•1/3 cup of mayonnaise





Use your fork to dice up your eggs. Add salt, pepper, and mayonnaise and continue to mash until the mixture turns a pale yellow. Remove crusts from the bread. Follow the steps from the tuna salad recipe to form 12 small sandwiches.

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Recipe #3 — Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Pops

Does the name of this recipe remind you of long summer nights and fireflies? Perfect! This nostalgic icy treat will bring a smile to the face of any guest who has been helping you to move heavy objects around all day.

What You’ll Need:

•1 ice cube tray (can be more depending on number of helpers)

•1 jug of lemonade

•5 strawberries, sliced

•Toothpicks or lollipop sticks

•Plastic cling wrap


Add a few slices of strawberry into each slot in your ice cube tray until all slices are used. Stick your toothpicks through the strawberry slices, being sure to keep the toothpick pointed upright. Pour lemonade into each slot until they are all filled. Cover tray with plastic cling wrap so that the toothpicks are sticking through and the wrap is touching the fruit and lemonade mixture.

Store tray in the freezer overnight. When helpers arrive, pop out your ice pops and serve!

Hi there! My name's Britt and I'm a senior majoring in English major at Florida State University. I have these crazy, big dreams of traveling the entire world and writing novels in my spare time. I love music, food, and the Japanese culture. I plan on teaching English in Japan upon graduation from Florida State. My first YA novel, Twisted, was published by Deep Sea Publishing Company in 2014. It won a Readers' Favorite Book Award that same year. Alongside schoolwork, I'm working hard on the second book in the Twisted series as well as a number of other novels.

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