There comes a time in every teenager’s life where there parents leave them home alone. It may seem like a pretty sweet deal until you come across a major problem; food.

    If you’re anything like me, my parents did most of the cooking when I was growing up. I never bother to learn how to cook because I never saw a need to. That is, until my parents went away for the weekend. Suddenly, I’m stuck in a world where I’m responsible for making my own food and taking care of myself. As much as I hated to admit it, I knew that I couldn’t live off of junk food and ice cream all weekend. Even though I love pizza as though it fell from the heaven as my saving grace, I would rather pocket the fifty bucks my mom had left me than to give it to the delivery man. To avoid having to pay up the money, I learned the very basic cooking.

Pizza Bun

    For all of you who had pizza bread as a kid, this is a very similar treat. In fact I would have just made pizza bread had we not been out of sour dough bread.

    So the first thing you’re going to do is grab a hot dog bun. Split this hot dog bun in half so that the two sides are separated. Next, you’re going to take some pizza sauce and lightly spread it on the soft sides of the hot dog buns.

    After that you are going to want to take some mozzarella cheese and sprinkle it over the pizza sauce. I’m not going to attempt to tell you how much cheese to put on because that is a personal choice, instead I’m just going to suggest that you be wary that this cheese is going to be in your oven and it is going to melt. So if you put a lot, you might be cleaning up a cheesy oven.

     Then you are going to add your toppings. Normally, I just add some peperoni. However you can get as creative as you like with this.

    Finally, you are going to put your masterpiece into the oven. Set them right under the broilers and turn it on broiler. You want to keep it there until the cheese melts and the edges begin to brown. When it’s done, slip it onto a plate and dig in.


    Whenever my parents left the house, smoothies were my saving grace. They would be my breakfast every morning alongside toaster waffles. My suggestions for smoothies are to put whatever fruit you like in there (cut it up first), yogurt, ice, and constantly add water to make sure that the smoothie doesn’t get to thick.

    Smoothies are relatively easy to make and clean up, making them ideal for when your home alone.


    When my parents left the house, I would make the most bizarre sandwiches that you could possibly think of, putting everything and anything onto a piece of bread. I made PB&Js with pickles and lettuce, turkey sandwiches with carrots and I even tried putting gummy bears onto sandwiches. Sandwiches are great home alone foods.


    Ramen, known as the food of college students. Ramen is cheap to buy and easy to make, making it ideal for when you’re alone and with limited spending money. If you have never had Ramen than you haven’t had a very fulfilling life.

Left Overs

    The holy grail of home alone food. Food that only needs to be heated up in a microwave. Whenever you are left home alone, search the entire fridge and freezer to find the delightful pre-prepared food. You may think that left overs are disgusting when your parents are home but as soon as they leave, the food becomes ten times more tasty.

    Find the leftover food and then stick it in the oven. Different foods take a different amount of time so be patient. By the time your parents get home, you will be able to tell how long you need to heat anything. Learn to love this skill because it will be of great use someday.