How To Prepare Quick & Easy Dorm Gourmet Meals
Whipping up fairly easy meals are my specialty for two reasons. The first being, I was not blessed with the culinary gift and secondly when I’m hungry I hate waiting for food! Eating out is usually the remedy for my hunger pains but not the healthiest choice to make.
Living on a college campus minimizes healthy meal options. With your main source of food coming from fast food restaurants or everyone’s least favorite campus facility, the cafe. Although some campuses have changed up their menus to include vegetarian and gluten-free options the sentiments remain the same: “ain’t nobody tryna hit the cafe.”
While perusing through my Pinterest app, I thought it would be beneficial to someone somewhere needing awesome meals that can be prepared in the comfort of their dorm suite. Because lets face it, sometimes we wake up late and miss the cafeteria. With a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option I am certain that these recipes will turn you into the new sought after dorm hall chef.
Breakfast – Hot or Overnight Oats
Seen as the most important meal of the day it is imperative that a star pupil such as yourself get your daily breakfast fix. So if you aren’t a morning person, such as myself, making a quick breakfast in the microwave would be ideal for you.
What you will need:
1/2 Cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup of Almond Milk or Soy Milk
A berry of your choice (Optional)
Cinnamon & Brown Sugar (Optional)
This 2 1/2-3 minute meal is a healthier alternative than hitting the McDonald’s drive thru. Click here to find out how to make your oats overnight for the warmer days.
Lunch – Homemade Salad & Dressing
A homemade salad has NEVER steered me wrong and to be honest has become one of my favorite dishes to prepare. With endless variations a salad can serve as a full entree or mid-day snack. It’s quick and simple and pairs great with a homemade dressing, if you’re feeling adventurous. Fresh veggies are more affordable than you may think and will stay fresh for about 2 weeks. To add a little protein you may also add some slices of grilled chicken or fish depending on your diet. What you will need:
- 1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
- 1 Medium Sliced Cucumber
- 1 Medium Grated Carrot
- 1 Medium Boiled Egg
- 1Pkg Grape (Cherry) Tomatoes
- Shredded Cheddar (or cheese of choice)
- Bacon Bits (Optional)
- Croutons (Optional)
- Dressing: To learn how to prepare your favorite salad dressings at home click here.
Salad preparation takes about 10 minutes with the slicing and grating of vegetables but the extra time will be rewarding. This recipe only hits the basics so get creative.
Dinner – Instant Ramen
We are all familiar with ramen noodles, the instant 10-for $1 chicken, shrimp and beef flavored noodles. Real ramen, however, made its way from microwaveable to restaurant chic. Ramen is a very quick and versatile dish that originated in ancient Asia. Excluding the seasoning packet ramen can become a healthy dinner alternative. Adding steamed veggies, boiled egg, and even seafood to the recipe.
Visit Seriouseats.com for 30+ instant ramen hacks that will make transforming your instant ramen to gourmet a breeze.
Bon appetite !
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Jasmine E. Roper is a graduate of Grambling State University. A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and The Society of Distinguished Black Women, Inc. She loves pizza, Ted Talks, and randomly snapchatting (is that a word?) Follow her on Instagram @OhMinaaa