Make oatmeal in the microwave (watch this video for instructions) and add any toppings you want! This works well as a breakfast, especially during the winter when you absolutely need a warm breakfast. You could go the healthy route and add sliced almonds, bananas, raisins, blueberries or any type of nut, seed or fruit to your oatmeal. But if you’re more in the mood for something sweet, go with peanut butter, brown sugar, nutella or chocolate chips! There’s also a new trend with savory oatmeal toppings; The Kitchn food blog compiled a list of savory recipes, including one with scallions and soy sauce and another with apples, gruyere and rosemary. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with a big bowl of oatmeal!
Do you like chocolate? Do you like food dipped in chocolate? Well, that’s certainly easy enough to accomplish in your dorm room! Heat up chocolate in the microwave (just don’t burn yourself) and dip anything from pretzels to strawberries to dried apricots in it! After dipping them, put them in the refrigerator or freezer to harden.
The best part of apple pies are the baked cinnamon apples in the center and with a microwave you can recreate that by following this recipe. So easy, so fast and even better topped with vanilla ice cream or on top of a big bowl of oatmeal.
Treat yourself to cereal bars. Don’t become bored with regular old Rice Krispies Treats—venture out of your comfort zone and try using different cereals! Lucky Charms or Honey Nut Cheerios or even Fruity Pebbles are perfect for making cereal bars—or even mixture of the three. Not only are they easy to make, but if you make a big batch they can double as breakfast or a snack for an extended period of time. Look at some of these recipes on Huffington Post for a variety of cereal bar ideas.
The college student’s go-to meal is often instant ramen but eating that day after day gets old really fast. So, instead of just putting hot water in your cup of ramen and waiting for the noodles to soften, hack your seriously lacking noodle soup and add other ingredients to it! Adding anything from vegetables like mushrooms or corn kernels to more flavorings like miso paste, ponzu, vinegar or fish sauce and spices, sesame oil or citrus juices makes your meal that much more unique and flavorful. Or, if you don’t want an Asian-inspired meal, make ramen ‘n’ cheese by boiling the ramen noodles separately, and then heating up milk and cheese to add to your strained noodles.
If you have a toaster or a toaster oven in your dorm, take advantage of them and make yourself a tartine for any time of the day! They’re super easy—the only hard part is being motivated enough to go out and buy the ingredients. It’s basically toast with anything you want on top. Avocado toast is pretty popular and made even better with feta cheese, sunflower seeds or Sriracha on top. Ricotta cheese, halved figs and honey taste great on toasted wheat bread or test the waters with thinly sliced peaches and blue cheese on toasted sourdough.
Chia pudding is not only nutritious, but it can also be made with only a refrigerator and a couple of ingredients. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, calcium and other important nutrients that make for a healthy diet. Chia pudding is super easy to make, but you just have to let it sit overnight in your refrigerator before eating it for breakfast or a snack the next day. Get inspiration for your chia obsession with this list of recipes from Buzzfeed.
Avocado is one of the most versatile fruits that everyone loves, and it’s perfect for crafting up a meal or snack in your dorm room. It’s touted as a “superfood,” and it contains 20 vitamins and minerals in addition to lots of fiber and healthy fatty acids. Besides eating it on toast, avocado is a great substitute for mayonnaise in egg salad, tuna salad and chicken salad sandwiches. It can also be mashed into a great game-day guacamole with tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice and cumin or can be eaten alone with a little soy sauce or Sriracha.
Nothing is better than making something relatively healthy taste delicious and sinful. Thus, you have to try these Greek yogurt chocolate truffles! It’s perfect alternative to the usual junk food most college students consume.
Now that (most of) you don’t live under your parents’ roof anymore, you have the leisure to watch movies or television shows any time you want, right? Popcorn is the perfect snack for that activity, so instead of having the usual butter or salt and pepper on your popcorn, get creative! Go for something sweeter, like this Oreo popcorn recipe, or maybe you want something a little more savory, like cilantro-lime popcorn à la Chipotle. If you have a popcorn maker in your room, you can use coconut oil instead of regular oil to make delicious coconut-flavored popcorn! Check out this list by Greatist for more ideas.
Nachos can essentially be considered the eighth wonder of the world. On par with the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, nachos can be made with the typical corn tortilla chips or the fancier blue corn tortilla chips. Then, put whatever you want on top! Stick with the classic nacho cheese or go crazy with some smoked gouda or pepper jack and add an assortment of toppings, like anything from pickled jalapeños to seasoned black beans to sprigs of cilantro. Microwave it all and you’re done!
Chocolate bark may seem like something too difficult to recreate in a small dorm room, but you’d be wrong. It’s super easy and has the illusion of a gourmet dessert that took hours to make. In fact, it only takes a few minutes to make and a little while in the freezer. All you have to do is melt the chocolate, but not too much or else the consistency becomes too fudgy. Then, put a mixture of different toppings in it, like almonds, dried cherries or sunflower seeds, or take a look at this Cowboy Bark recipe. Then freeze it!
If puppy chow sounds like something you never want to eat, you probably have never tried it before. And it comes in many varieties, so no matter what you’ll be satisfied and happy. Buy some chex mix—gluten free, so no excuse not to make it—chocolate chips (milk, white or dark) or some type of spread (e.g., Nutella, cookie butter) to coat the cereal and powdered sugar to dust it all! Then, add in your favorite candy, like Reese’s Pieces or candy corn. It’s a little messy to make, so make sure to clean up well afterwards, but it’s otherwise a simple recipe. Here’s a list of puppy chow recipes compiled by Buzzfeed for inspiration.
Mug cakes seem to be all the rage nowadays, but more often than not they don’t turn out as expected and it takes a lot of effort to go out and buy all the ingredients. Instead, buy Betty Crocker Warm Delights which comes in four different flavors: Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie, Hot Fudge Brownie, Molten Caramel Cake and Molten Chocolate Cake. All you have to do is add water to the mix, stir it and pop it in the microwave it. They’re even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top that melts into the cake.
Refried beans and a blend of Mexican shredded cheese folded into a warm flour tortilla—does anything sound better than a bean and cheese burrito? Wrap that up, maybe add some salsa, sour cream or guacamole to the burrito, microwave it until the cheese is melted and you’ve got yourself a delicious, drool-inducing meal in your dorm room. Super easy, and you can even make them ahead of time and freeze them.
Want cookies but don’t have access to an oven? Love cookie dough but don’t want to get sick from raw eggs? Make edible cookie dough! It’s delicious as is, or even better if rolled into a ball, dipped and chocolate and placed in the freezer until the chocolate hardens. Although most cookie dough comes in the chocolate chip flavor, don’t be afraid to be adventurous and make peanut butter cookie dough or funfetti cookie dough. Even better, make these cookie dough chocolate-dipped pretzel sandwiches.