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5 Easy yet Tasty Dishes You Can Prepare in Your Dorm Room [Recipes]

by Samantha Gilbert

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College years may be one of the most entertaining and the most challenging times of anyone’s life. In this never-ending cycle of lectures, dates, and quizzes, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet. 

Let’s face it, it’s all too easy for students to skip meals when it’s final weeks or when deadlines are looming in for those mid-term projects. 

While I agree that academic success is important, it should not come at the cost of your health. Disregarding your diet can be detrimental to your health.

In this article, I aim to make it easier for you to stay healthy even when you almost have no time to cook by sharing 5 easy yet tasty dishes you can prepare without leaving the dorms. 



But first, why should you avoid eating out or ordering in?

Eating out or ordering in fast food too frequently is probably one of the worst things you can do if you want to stay healthy in college. While tempting, easy and efficient, eating fast food might end up being costly to your wallet and your health and fitness.

A $3 burger might seem to be a bargain, but it’s only one meal. Additionally, the ingredients needed to make a burger actually cost much less than what they are sold for. If you were to opt to make sandwiches yourself, for example, you’ll see that $3 can go a long way. At the very least, it can definitely take you beyond 1 meal.

Plus, once you get used to its convenience, you may find it hard stop eating out or ordering in. It is okay to do so from time to time but keep in mind that it has negative effects in the long run. Although some things save time, it can quickly spiral into a bad habit.


The benefits of preparing your own food

Whenever you have the opportunity to eat in and prepare your own food, take it. Why? You asked? Here are just a few of the benefits:

It’s easy on the wallet

By making grocery runs and stocking up on ingredients that will allow you to make multiple meals such as bread, oatmeal, etc, you have the potential to save quite a pretty penny. That way, you’ll have a lot more to spend on everything else. 

It encourages a good habit

Many college students have never lived apart from their parents prior to leaving for college. While it may be a drastic change to be preparing food on your own, if you start the habit while you’re still in college, it will help you to instill a great habit and skills that will last you a lifetime!

The health benefits

If you cook for yourself, you know and control exactly what ingredients goes in it. As you already know, fast foods though delightful in the taste buds may contain unhealthy ingredients such as saturated fat that can wreak havoc on your body.


5 Hassle-Free Yet Delicious Dorm Friendly Recipes


Chocolate peanut butter jelly overnight oats

chocolate peanut butter jelly overnight oats

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Erin Schneider, an editor at an online cheap essay writing service says, ‘’This was my favorite one during my college days. The greatest thing about this particular meal is that it saves you time in the morning. By preparing this delicious oatmeal the night before, you can earn yourself some extra valuable time to rest or relax with friends.’’

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cups of oats
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of almonds
  • 2 blocks of dark chocolate
  • ½ teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)
  • 100ml milk

How to prepare:

What you will love about this breakfast is how quickly you can prepare it. All you need to do is to pour boiling water over a bowl of oats. Once you’ve done so, you can add all the other ingredients or toppings. Leave it in the fridge overnight and by morning, you’ll have a cheap, tasty and healthy breakfast ready to enjoy!


Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Another classic, if you’re craving for something hearty and savory, this dish is the answer. It also only takes less than 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 700g of ground beef
  • 28-ounce can of pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • ½ pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • any grated cheese

How to prepare:

In most dorms, stoves are not allowed. So if you happen to have a conduction cooker instead, be sure to boil the spaghetti first before preparing the sauce.

For the sauce, you can start by heating the pan. Once heated, you can pour the onions and the tomato paste and let it fry for a while the onions are aromatic. Add as much ground beef as you want. Then, pour the can of tomatoes over it. Stir until the sauce is fully cooked. 


Mexican scrambled eggs

Mexican scrambled eggs

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Craving for a light and savory meal to start your day? You’ll love this Mexican scrambled eggs recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • 3-6 large whisked eggs
  • 1 green onion chopped to small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/3 of heaping beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/3 cup of shredded cheese (it can be any kind or multiple types mixed at once)
  • 3 tablespoons of sour cream

How to prepare:

Pour some olive oil to a non-stick heated pan and pour the egg mixture first. While it cooks, you can add onions and beans. Then add a pinch of sea salt and finish off the preparation process with the cheese and the sour cream as the topping.


Lemon garlic pasta

Light yet filling, this is a particularly great go-to lunch when you’re pressed for time.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • ¼ cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • lemon zest
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/5 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ pound of fusilli
  • grated parmesan

How to make it:

Place the chopped garlic in an oven safe dish, put olive oil, red pepper flakes and parmesan. Roast at 350+ degrees for 30 minutes. Cook the pasta at the same time, pour your sauce over the pasta and squeeze the lemon over it.


Ramen Noodle salad


ramen noodle salad

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This particular dish is ideal if you’re looking for a filling meal that is ideal to share.

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 packs of instant ramen noodles
  • 100g of cubed Feta cheese
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cups of lettuce
  • Salt, pepper, oregano, and basil

How to prepare:

Cook the noodles until soft but don’t add the seasonings or sauces that comes with it. When done, put them in a bowl and add the chopped pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, and cubes of Feta cheese. Add as much spices as you deem suitable.


Final thoughts

Getting in the habit of preparing your own meals at the dorms will save you time, money and help you maintain a good level health and fitness while you’re living away from home. There are plenty of quick yet decadent dishes that are simple to make and requires very little ingredients. I hope that the 5 recipes I shared above will convince you to cook more. Enjoy! 


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