It’s another rainy afternoon spent doing homework inside your dorm room. As dinnertime approaches, you glance out the window and see how the wind makes the trees bend until they almost break; you don’t want to go out in that.
Sometimes, the dining hall seems so far away, but don’t let that ruin your night. Even though the cafeteria might have some great options for healthy and tasty meals, there’s still plenty of stuff you can learn to make in the comfort of your own dorm room. Here are seven meals that you can make without even leaving the building.
ALL YOU NEED IS A MICROWAVE AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE
Poached, scrambled or even hard-boiled, there’s plenty of ways to cook them. Invest in some milk, shredded cheese and a little seasoning, and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed breakfast. Follow this classic mug recipe, or even turn it into an omelet for an extra healthy kick.
2. OVERNIGHT OATS
Not enough time to get to the cafeteria in the morning? Start making breakfast the night before! With overnight oats, you can pour uncooked oats, yogurt, milk and toppings of your choice into one container, stir it around and then leave it in the fridge to chill while you sleep. When you wake up, you’ll have a cool, creamy breakfast that you can even eat on your way to class. There are tons of options out there, so get creative. Whether you like fresh fruit or peanut butter and chocolate, there’s a recipe for you.
3. MAC & CHEESE
The Beatles got it wrong: all you need is pasta, cheese and a splash of milk. With this easy-to-follow single-serving recipe, you can enjoy the creamy, homey goodness of macaroni and cheese without stepping close to a stovetop.
4. WALKING TACOS
If you hate washing dishes, then this is the treat for you. Use a bag of Fritos or Doritos and fill with toppings to construct your very own “walking taco.” Betty Crocker’s recipe even features microwaveable ground beef for a protein-packed snack.
5. TRAIL MIX
Sometimes, you just want something to munch on. Instead of turning to the regular cafeteria fare, make your own mix. It can be sweet, spicy or even feature ramen! All options result in a satisfying crunch that you just can’t get from another chicken dinner.
6. MUG THINGS
Everyone loves mugs. Everyone loves meals. Therefore, everyone loves to cook meals in mugs. The possibilities are, as they say, endless. Cakes, pizzas, even pot pies and more are just waiting at the bottom of your favorite ceramic cup.
The staple above all staples; the college student’s best friend. Ramen noodles have been and always will be one of the quickest meals a college student can make. That doesn’t mean they have to be bland, though. Add some peanut butter and soy sauce, or drop in an egg for eggs-tra nutrition. Better believe it, people: ramen has never tasted so good.
Even if you’re not headed to the dining hall, meals don’t have to be boring or lonely. Invite your friends over to try out new recipes, or arrange a college-style potluck. After all, there’s no better way to gather than over a “home-cooked” meal!