Recipes for Cooking in the College Dorm

Recipes for Cooking in the College Dorm 2 Rating(s)


Recipes for Cooking in the College Dorm

If you find yourself or a family member living in a dorm room as a college student, there are plenty of options for eating well even if you are only armed with a microwave, toaster and small refrigerator as is the case in many dorm rooms. (For instance, you could toast a slice of bread, mash avocado to spread across it, and top with either a poached egg or hard-boiled egg slices – both easy to make in the microwave).

We love helping people find creative ways to eat well without breaking the bank or relying on junk food and a drive-thru.

So we have rounded up a bunch of recipes perfect for dishing up in your college dorm room with friends – with options for everything from breakfast to dinner to snacks and dessert.  No more settling for unhealthy or boring food options just because you’re living in the college dorm without access to a full kitchen.

Of course, the below meals can be added to simple easy options (not requiring recipes or directions) like:

• Sandwich fixings (deli meat, cheese and rolls – with lettuce, pickles, peppers)

• Yogurt with fruit or granola

• Bagged salad mixes (add a can of tuna or chicken, if desired)

• Packaged cups of soup or Ramen noodles

Take a look at these easy recipe options and let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorite.

(Download our e-book of recipes for cooking in the college dorm).


Omelette in a mug | microwave college cooking

Omelette in a Mug

Mix a couple of eggs, milk, chopped ham, grated cheese, peppers (or other vegetables), salt and pepper
in your favorite mug and microwave for a couple of minutes for a delightful meal (top with salsa, more cheese or avocado).


Caprese Wraps with Chicken
These wraps are delicious and so simple to make with some flatbread, cooked chicken, lettuce, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.


Cake in a Mug - Unsplash | Cooking in college

Microwave Cupcake in a Mug

Yellow cake mix, vanilla yogurt and sparkling water make a delicious quick cake; top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips.
(Above photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash)


Bean and Rice Burrito Bowl | Cooking in College

Black Bean and Rice Burrito Bowl
With microwaveable rice, beans, corn, cheese, salsa, and optional fresh tomatoes or avocado, this filling and tasty meal is quick to make any time of night or day.


Pizza in a Mug
Thought you could only have pizza if you ordered take-out? Think again with this quick and easy recipe for your own personal pizza in a mug.


Popcorn | Cooking in College

Healthy Microwave Popcorn
With a paper bag, popcorn kernels, and some salt or popcorn seasoning, you can have yourself a popcorn party any time!


French Toast in a Mug
Not to forget breakfast recipes – especially nice on a lazy weekend morning – a few simple ingredients like bread, egg, cinnamon, butter and sugar (with some syrup) make a sweet breakfast treat.


You can also “friend” our Cooking in College cookbook to view these recipes and more online any time from your computer or mobile device (check out our app, too).  When viewing recipes, you can add the ingredients to your shopping list for your next grocery store trip, too.



September 14th, 2017

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