Easy Meals to Cook in Your Dorm

As a college student, eating out can become really expensive really fast, especially when you’re most likely not making your own income. This is why it’s important to learn how to cook for yourself so that you can save money and stay healthy throughout the school year. To get you started on your cooking journey, here are some easy recipes that you can test out in your dorm kitchen.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

This is such a quick and simple recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. All you need are some bread, butter, cheese, and premade tomato soup. 

Directions:
  • Spread butter onto two pieces of bread
  • Toast the bread on a pan and flip it over once one side is golden brown
  • Put as much cheese as you’d like onto one of the bread
  • Flip the cheese-less piece of bread onto the other bread with the sufficiently melted cheese
  • Heat the tomato soup
  • Enjoy the dish by dipping the grilled cheese into the tomato soup!

Stir fry

Honestly, this is one of the easiest things to make when you have leftover protein and veggies. There’s really no rule to making stir fry as you can add whatever you like and adjust the seasoning to your preference. 

Directions:
  • Heat up the pan and drizzle your preferred type of oil in there
  • Add vegetables that take the longest to cook, like onions and bell peppers, into the pan first
  • Add protein(s) of choice
  • Add easier-to-cook vegetables, like spinach, into the pan
  • Add seasoning like soy sauce, sriracha, and black pepper
  • Mix everything together, making sure that everything is properly cooked
  • Enjoy it with a side of rice (or you could incorporate the rice into the stir fry before adding the easy-to-cook vegetables)

Greek orzo salad

This is a healthy, vegetarian recipe that you can put together in just a few minutes. You just need some orzo, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, olives, red onion, feta cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

Directions:
  • Boil the orzo according to the package instructions 
  • Prep the vegetables by washing and cutting them up into bite sized pieces 
  • Once the orzo is cooked, drain and rinse the pasta in cool water
  • Toss the vegetables, orzo, and seasoning (olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper) into a large bowl and mix it all together
  • Enjoy your healthy salad!

Burrito bowl

Here’s a simple recipe for making your own burrito bowl—you can make it as healthy as you’d like and season it to your preference.

Directions:
  • Cook some rice
  • Cook your protein of choice with your preferred seasoning
  • Add black beans, your protein, salsa, and cheese onto the rice and enjoy!

Soba

Once you have the ingredients for soba, it’ll become your go-to meal because of how simple it is. 

Directions:
  • Boil soba noodles
  • Prepare your soba dipping sauce—you can either use a premade one or mix dashi with water, soy sauce, and mirin
  • Once the soba noodles are cooked, rinse it with cold water
  • Enjoy the dish by dipping the soba noodles into the dipping sauce

Udon

This recipe requires similar ingredients to the soba recipe. The only difference is that you eat the noodles with hot soup.

Directions:
  • Boil udon noodles
  • Add dashi and water, as instructed on the cooking instructions, to another pot and bring it to a boil
  • Add soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to your liking
  • Let the seasoning mix into the soup and add vegetables as well as protein as wanted
  • Plate up by putting the udon noodles and soup into a bowl and enjoy!

Bacon, egg, and cheese

This is a super simple breakfast, or lunch, or dinner—we won’t judge! 

Directions:
  • Slice a bagel in half and butter both sides up
  • Heat up your pan and toast the bagel until it’s golden brown, and set it aside
  • Fry 2-3 slices of bacon, and then set it aside
  • Fry your egg; once the egg white is cooked, puncture the yolk and spread it over the egg white
  • Flip the egg over and add a slice of cheese onto the egg
  • Once the cheese is melted to your liking, add everything to the toasted bagel
  • Enjoy this NYC staple!

Tuna melt

For all tuna lovers out there, a tuna melt is one of the easiest things to make. 

Directions:
  • Make the tuna salad by mixing canned tuna with mayo, chopped up celery, pickles, red onion, and parsley; season it to your liking with salt and pepper
  • Butter two pieces of your bread of choice and toast them on a pan
  • Once the bottom side is all golden brown, flip it over and add the tuna salad, cheese, and tomato, and put the other toasted piece of bread on top of everything
  • Make sure that the cheese is melted and bread is all golden brown
  • Enjoy!

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

If you like sweet and salty combos, give this American classic a try. You can use any kind of jarred jelly that you like or can find at your local convenience store, but the classic combination is made with grape jelly.

Directions:
  • Get two slices of bread
  • On one bread, spread your desired amount of peanut butter
  • On the other bread, spread an equal amount of jelly
  • Enjoy the sandwich whenever and wherever you are!

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