Cooking can be a fun activity when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. While eating shouldn’t become your go-to coping mechanism everytime something goes wrong, it's perfectly fine to make some tasty (sometimes not so healthy) meals when feeling down. However, that can sometimes be hard in college.
If you’re missing home cooked meals or running out of meal swipes, don't worry because we have compiled a list of some delicious recipes you can make in your dorm room. All you need to make these yummy meals is a microwave!
So without further ado is here a list of six delicious meals you can make from the comfort of your dorm.
1. Mug Omelet
Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Since breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, it is only right to start this article off with a breakfast recipe. We will be using the recipe from Tina on Just Putzing Around the Kitchen. If you are a fan of omelets or are looking to get your morning protein, this is the recipe for you.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp milk of choice
- 1 tbsp cheese of choice
- 2 tbsp diced vegetables of choice (onion, peppers, etc.)
While these are the ingredients the recipe calls for, if you there's something you don’t like you can just skip that ingredient or swap it for something else. For example, if you are lactose intolerant you don’t have to put the cheese and milk in. Feel free to make it your own.
- Crack each egg into a mug or bowl (whichever one you decide to cook it in). Make sure to beat the eggs well.
- Once the eggs are beat, add the flour, milk, cheese, and vegetables. Make sure to stir well so the ingredients are mixed in with the two eggs.
- If desired, you can season the mixture with salt, pepper, or any other seasoning you choose.
- Take the bowl or mug and place it in the microwave. Cook for 1-2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. It works best to cook it for a minute then 10 or 15 second intervals so you don’t burn it.
Once the omelet is cooked you can eat! Be careful not to burn your tongue! Sometimes the microwave has trouble cooking the middle of foods. So if you start eating and realize it’s not cooked through, put it back in for about 10 seconds. Be sure to try this recipe and make it your own if you don’t like one of the ingredients mentioned.
2. Veggie Wrap with Beans
Quick Vegan Lunch or Dinner
If eggs aren’t your favorite or if you are vegan, here’s a good recipe to try. In addition to being vegan friendly, it is customizable. You can easily swap ingredients or just make it your own. This recipe was inspired by Vegan Runner Eats. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.
- Vegetables or your choice (tomatoes, lettuce, kale, carrots, onions, cilantro, etc.)
- Canned beans
- Soft tortilla
- Depending on what vegetable you choose to use, cut or dice them.
- If you decide to use beans, place them in a cup and microwave them for one minute.
- If you want your tortilla to be warm, you can put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
- Put your warm tortilla on a plate and pour the cooked beans and cut up vegetables.
- Roll up the bottom of the tortilla, fold the sides and eat up!
If you want, you can add your favorite salsa or hot sauce to your wrap for extra flavor. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can also make more than one wrap - because who doesn't love leftovers? This recipe is extremely easy and doesn’t even necessarily need the microwave, but meals in a dorm room always taste better when they are warm.
3. Mac & Cheese
Homemade Mac in a Mug
The mac & cheese recipe I will be describing is not the recipe on the side of a Kraft Mac & Cheese box. This recipe is easily made in a mug and tastes like it's homemade. You can also find this recipe on The Better Martha. So if you're really missing home and want some Mac & Cheese that tastes like love, try this out!
- 1 cup of water
- ½ cup of macaroni
- ½ cup of cheese(s)
- Pick your mug and put the macaroni and water in. The noodles should be covered in water.
- Microwave for about eight minutes, checking around the five minute mark. When checking stir and add more water if needed.
- Once the macaroni is cooked, add the cheese(s) to the noodles, with the extra water still in the mug.
- Microwave for about 30-60 seconds so the cheese is fully melted.
- Once it is done, stir again.
After these five steps are done and you let it cool down a little, your mac & cheese is already. This recipe is really great because you can use whatever types of cheeses you want to make sure it tastes like the one you eat at home. This meal is great for lunch, dinner, or even a little snack. While this recipe sure is tasty, if you go home for break and don’t like your family’s mac & cheese - tell your parents we’re sorry!
A Pescatarian’s Favorite
If you are a pescatarian or have a love for fish we’ve got you covered. While the dining hall sometimes serves fish, sometimes it can look a little fishy - no pun intended. So to save yourself from the stomach ache, we have a recipe so you can make fish in your dorm room. This recipe is inspired by Savory Sweet Life. The only con about this recipe is it might make your microwave a little smelly - but we have a cleaning technique!
- 1 Salmon filet
- Salt and pepper
- 2-3 lemon slices
- 1 tablespoon of parsley
- Rinse salmon filet with cold water.
- Once rinsed, place it in a container with the skin side down.
- Season it with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parlest
- Microwave for 3.5 minutes.
- Check the center with a fork to see if it is cooked through.
- If it isn’t cooked, cook for 30 second intervals.
- When done add additional lemon and parsley.
The recipe on Savory Sweet Life discusses adding mayonnaise and sriracha sauce to the fish to make it a spicy salmon. If you want to do that, totally go for it! The parsley doesn’t need to be added to the fish, but it definitely makes the fish look pretty.
Like promised, we have a cleaning hack for you. Take some of the lemon that you didn’t use, place it in a bowl with water and put it in the microwave for about 5 minute. After your microwave will be clean and smelling lemony fresh.
5. Red Curry Rice Noodles
Vegan Pasta Dinner
Don't worry vegan friends, we didn’t forget about you! We discussed the mac & cheese recipe like it’s everyone's favorite, but this one pasta recipe is for our vegan friends. This recipe and others like it can be found on The Cheap Lazy Vegan. This way you can add a tasty recipe to your collection and cook it in your dorm room!
- ½ tbsp Thai red curry paste (make sure ingredients are vegan)
- ½ cup of coconut milk
- 1 serving of rice vermicelli noodles
- 1-2 tbsp chopped onion
- Handful of frozen vegetables of choice
- 1-3 tbsp of water
- Mix the paste and coconut milk in a bowl. Don’t stop until the paste has thinned out.
- Add the noodles, onion, and other vegetables into the bowl. Stir until the noodles have all been coated with the paste and milk mixture.
- Add a few tbsp of water.
- Put the bowl in the microwave for about 3 minutes. If the noodles aren’t done put the bowl back in for 30 second intervals.
Once the noodles are cooked, your dinner is ready! Like mentioned in the other recipes, if you don’t like onions, you don’t have to add them. Adding any vegetable of your choice will make this recipe even better!
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake
The Cherry on Top
Mug cakes are a great alternative to regular cakes. They are tasty and the perfect size for one person. The only downside to this recipe and a lot of others out there is that you need the same ingredient you would need to cook a cake. There are many mixes out there to make a mug cake but this recipe will taste better. This recipe is from Kirbie's Cravings. Before starting, make sure you have all the ingredients.
- 4 tbsp of flour
- 2 tbsp of brown sugar
- ¼ tbsp of baking powder
- 3 tbsp of milk
- ⅛ tsp of vanilla
- ½ tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp of chocolate chips
- Mix all ingredients together except for the chocolate chip.
- Once it is a smooth batter begin to stir in the chocolate chips
- Leave some chocolate chips on top.
- Place in the microwave for about one minute.
After it cools down you can eat it! If you have some ice cream on hand, top that on tip to make it a real sweet treat! This dessert that can easily be cooked in the microwave is your cherry on top of all the other microwaveable recipes. Enjoy!
After reviewing the recipes offered, I hope at least one of them sounds like something youd indulge in. If you need any college cooking utensils, silverware, plates, or a mug - check out OCM. They will make cooking from your dorm room even more of a breeze.
Whether it’s a special occasion or just missing your mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa's cooking, you can try out one of these recipes. You have your breakfast, your mac & cheese, your fish, a few vegan recipes, and your desert. We hope these recipes will become your go-to favorites when you don’t feel like heading out. Try these out and let us know how it goes by snapping a picture of your food!