Dealing with Specialty Diets at College

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When it comes to food, no two bodies are the same. And as our knowledge of nutrition grows, so does our own knowledge of what our body does and doesn’t need. For some, dietary restrictions are a result of having severe food allergies or a nutrition-related disease. For others, the desire to respect their faith or beliefs — or just to eat healthily while at college — is the driving factor. Whatever your particular case, if you follow a specialty diet, here’s what you need to know about eating in college.

 

Contact Student Disability Office

If you have a significant food allergy for which you need particular accommodation, you must go straight to the Student Disability Office on your campus. They can ensure that your classroom is peanut-free or that the cafeteria has to clean their plates a certain way to prevent contamination. Plus, if you were to have a bad reaction that would affect your school work, you would be provided those accommodations because of your disability. Just remember to bring any and all doctor’s notes and information on your specific disorder so they are informed and it is on record.

 

Work With the Nutritional Officer

Each campus with a cafeteria has a head nutritionist or nutritional officer who looks over meal plans. They should be your go-to if you are struggling to find food that you can safely eat. Many will even work with you to ensure there’s at least one daily menu item that you can eat. A great one will take your advice and needs to mind and design meals and set out snacks and sides that work for you.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Cook

Because it’s mostly “quick service” of sandwiches and other fast items, lunch can be the most difficult meal to find substitutes for. But you don’t have to be stuck eating the same thing every single day. Instead, become an expert dorm room chef! Your residence hall likely has a common area with a stove, oven, and/or microwave — everything you need to boil up some gluten-free pasta or put some vegan cookies on to bake. Grab yourself some cooking staples that fit with your diet, plus a pot and a pan, and you’ll be all set.

 

Give the Gift of Health

If you’re concerned that your student is not eating because of dietary concerns, try a care package. Care packages are mailed to them (either for an occasion or just because). There are several specialty versions that offer a great solution. For example, OCM’s Kosher Support Package cuts out items that cannot be consumed and only goes for the good stuff. There’s no guess work or searching through small-print ingredient lists. It’s the perfect gift for someone who needs a tasty pick-me-up during final exam week.

 

Speak Your Mind

If you’re struggling to find food to match your diet, you’re probably not alone. This is when taking your grievances to the higher ups really matter. Give your cafeteria time to adapt to your needs, but if they aren’t following through, seek help from a Dean or Student Life office. If that doesn’t work, consider starting support groups for students in similar situations or writing an editorial to the school newspaper about the lack of halal menu items. Your voice should be heard, especially when it comes to something as important as specialty diets in college.

The Best College Majors for Foodies

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Top Chef is your favorite TV show. You’ve got a bucket list of restaurants you want to visit. Your book collection is more like a cookbook collection. You are a proud foodie! But how does being a lover of all things tasty translate to a college major? These are the best majors for foodies, some traditional and some not, that will help you find a great way to blend a future career with your delicious passion.

 

Chef

Let’s get the easy one out of the way first. Attending culinary school is the easiest way to graduate with the skills you need to work in the kitchen. Specialize in a particular type of food or food art, and you’ll be more marketable.

 

Food Science

Food scientists are the ones who create the food from start to finish. Like chefs, they come up with new ideas, taste test, quality control and recreate. They work with food manufacturers and producers, but it’s an engineering degree at heart.

 

Biotechnology

At the micro level is biotechnology in food sciences. This major is perfect for the engineer or chemist who loves to play with their dishes. You’ll study what makes food, well, food and how our bodies process it at a molecular level.

 

Nutrition

While you may not be making food, you’ll be helping others consume food differently. Nutritionists and dietitians work with hospitals or in private practices helping clients and patients choose meals for their special diets or weight loss.

 

Art or Design

Bakers, in particular, could benefit from an art or design degree where you’ll pick up drawing and creating skills that could translate to beautiful (food) works. The better you are at designing, the more client you’re likely to attract.

 

Photography

Food photography is a skill that’s picking up! You’ll work with business, publications, independent writers, journalists, restaurants, etc. on creating gorgeous images of recipes in action or food for sale. A photography major will show you how to get the best lighting or color combos.

 

Journalism

Critics and travel writers all get started somewhere, and it’s often with a degree in Journalism or English. Having strong writing skills and a portfolio to show your range can improve your chances in this competitive field.

 

Food Business/Services

At your college cafeteria is probably someone who majored in Food Business. It’s a growing major that teaches you how to manage restaurants, cafeterias, and craft services. You’ll learn how to supervise staff, create long-term or seasonal menus, and market your business to prospective clients.

 

Agriculture

If your passion is growing it from the ground, agriculture is the best major for you. You can use this major to go into organic farming or put it to a purpose by teaching others how to make sustainable food sources in urban or developing areas.

 

As you can see, foodies have so many college major options to build their skills and find a successful career. By thinking out of the box and customizing your degree to your passion, you can cook up a foodie profession you can be proud to call your own.

 

Healthy and Tasty Food to Keep in Your Dorm

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By now, you’re probably pretty sick of cafeteria food. And if you’re anything like us, you’re also frustrated about the lack of healthy options. Still, stocking up on organic, nutritious food isn’t a challenge if you know what to look for. These healthy, tasty items are perfect to keep in your dorm room and will help you stay on track with your fitness and wellness goals.

 

Fruits and Veggies:

You can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables! While you will have to eat them fast before they expire, stock up on easy on-the-go standards like apples and bananas. If you have access to a mini-fridge, throw in some baby carrots, cucumbers, and celery (all which make excellent snack food).

 

No fridge? No problem! Buy canned versions, which are often just as healthy. Just be sure that the item is packed in water, not sugar or juice. There are also dried versions which last almost all year round.

 

Grains:

Whole grains are your best friend and key to living healthy. This means you should cut out less healthy grains like white bread and bagels. Instead, focus on filling items like wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa, which are easy to make with some boiling water and a can of organic sauce.

 

Since breakfast is when you get a good chunk of your grains, make some great choices like oatmeal (stay away from artificial versions), whole wheat cereal, and wheat bagel thins. Add a fruit to spice it up and keep it within your calorie zone.

 

Dairy:

Dairy is the toughest of the food groups to stash in your dorm room, especially if you don’t have a fridge. But the vitamins and nutrition that comes from it are essential to filling you up and keeping you on your toes. So how can you make it work?

 

One option is to try non-dairy milks. Soy milk, for example, is sold in canisters and can be kept for a long period of time (please note that soy milk must be refrigerated after opening, so buy the smallest version you need). You can also get dairy from pudding cups, hot chocolate, and breakfast bars.

 

Protein:

Vegetarians, rejoice! You can get a great meal out of some easy, nonperishable items like dry packages of black beans, chickpeas, and pinto beans. Add in some nut protein for added oomph. Peanut butter is a college student’s favorite, but almond butter is healthier and takes out unnecessary sugars. Don’t forget about seeds too.

 

If you’re still looking for meat options, look for low sodium versions of high protein soups and stews and canned in water tuna, sardines, and clams. Organic or all-natural protein bars and shakes are also great alternatives when you need a quick punch of energy.

 

All-In-One

If your college student is looking to stay healthy but doesn’t have the money or time to go shopping, there are still ways to get them a head start on filling their mini pantry. Healthy care packages, such as the Healthy Blend, come straight to them in the mail.

 

Another option is to use online shopping services such as Amazon Pantry to be sure grocery deliveries come on time when you need it. With one day or same day delivery and loads of coupons out there, you don’t even need to make it to the store to stash healthy and tasty foods in your dorm.

5 Times Every Student Could Really Use a Care Package

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Whether you’re a right down the block or a thousand miles away from your college student, it can be hard to come up with the perfect way to say that you are here and that you care. One of the easiest ways to send that message is to do it with a special delivery. Care packages come in all shapes and sizes with different purposes and meanings. If you’re looking for an excuse to send one, we’ve come up with the five times every college student can really use a care package.

 

1. The College Cold

There is nothing worse than being sick in college. Not only is your mom not around to make our favorite soup or bring us that extra blanket, we have to spend our recovery stuck in a drafty, sometimes boring dorm room with just our Netflix account to keep us company.

The Perfect Package: Any care package with soup, tea, or comfort foods will do our sick bodies some good and warm our hearts.

 

2. The Rejection Depression

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It happens to every college kid. It may be not landing a part in the theater performance, being turned away from a club, or just not getting the accolades from a professor we thought we deserved. Either way, we could use some extra support.

The Perfect Package: A care package that motivates us with a happy card about how proud you are of us for trying and maybe some extra sugar for a little pep in our step.

 

3. The Holiday Build-Up

You think you’re excited for us to be home? No way! We’re PUMPED! We packed our bags a month ago and have been crossing the days off our wall calendar. We just need the focus to get through the last few weeks….

The Perfect Package: Dorm room and apartment life doesn’t make it easy for us to stay in the spirit. Get festive with holiday themed packages. Even Valentine’s day could use a special shoutout.

 

4. The Exam Week Chaos

We don’t want to fail! We need this test to pass! We’re going to go mad if we spend any more time in the library! SEND HELP!

The Perfect Package: We need a little help chilling out and focusing (can you tell?). Gift us a package that is full of healthy, nutritious brain food and take-along snacks for study sessions.

 

5. The ‘We Miss You Too’

It’s hard to be so far away, even if we don’t say it (or tell you it isn’t true when you ask). Even seniors get homesick from time to time, and all that will make us feel better is to hear you say that you miss us as much as we miss you too.

The Perfect Package: Send it out of the blue on a random day. Add a note from the dog or pick a favorite food we enjoyed together. It’s the little things that show us that you care as much as we do.

 

Check out OCM’s wide selection of Care Packages, to cover every occasion from Halloween and Finals Week to Valentines Day!

9 Tips on How to Eat Healthy in College

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You’ve probably heard of the Freshman 15 — the extra weight you put on from your first year in college. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable. You can stay healthy and eat right despite the cafeteria temptations and late night dining sessions. These tips can keep your health as much as a priority as your grades.

 

1. The Mini Fridge is Essential

Healthy means fresh, and fresh often means perishable. While many fruits and veggies can be stored elsewhere, you’ll want a fridge to keep nutritious leftovers, farm fresh milk and eggs, or even easy-to-cook chicken breasts.

 

2. Meal Plan in Advance

Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you mainly eat at the cafeteria. Today, most schools provide nutritional content with its food calendars so you can simply research and pick. Mark the choice on your phone or on a whiteboard in your dorm so you know exactly what you need to eat that day.

 

3. Lower Your Meal Plan

Speaking of cafeteria food, if you’re more concerned about eating primarily natural foods or learning to cook for yourself, having a mega meal plan is not going to help. If possible, keep your meal plan on the low to medium range of offerings so you are forced to depend on yourself.

 

4. Stash Whole Snacks

Believe it or not, but snacking is an essential part of eating well. Plan to eat 6-8 small meals per day instead of 3. Space them between classes or activities. But most importantly go shopping often so you have a wide range of choices. Some ideas include granola bars, fruit, and nuts.

 

5. Avoid Calorie-Heavy Drinks

That venti iced double mocha latte you’re addicted to isn’t helping you. Stick to water to help you feel full and refreshed all day long. If you want flavor, consider adding fruits and cucumber to a pitcher overnight or purchasing sugar-free additives.

 

6. Reprioritize Your Meals

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Breakfast is essential as it sets you off on the right foot (especially when you eat well) and keeps your energy up for class and gym session.

 

7. Concentrate on Size Rather than Calories

Calories are easy if you know what each value is. But knowing the correct size you’re eating is much harder. Some easy ways to remember portion size is to use your hand: your thumb is a tablespoon, your palm is about 3 oz worth of meat, your fist is 6-8 oz of a drink.

 

8. Use Free Nutrition Trackers

There are so many helpful, detailed, and free nutrition trackers out there, that it can be hard to choose one. Our advice is to go with the tracker that is simple to use on the go (mobile is best) and is easy to figure out for any new nutrition watcher.

 

9. Eat In With Friends

One of our biggest downfalls is going out frequently with friends. Late night pizza, delivered Chinese food, ice cream dates… those calories and bad choices add up so fast. You can change this by promising yourself to eating out only once a week (or less) and instead, cooking for or with friends. You’ll get the same social time while also showing off your healthy cooking skills. It’s a lifestyle change we can all get behind.

 

Hacks for Hosting Friendsgiving Dinner at College

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Friendsgiving, or Thanksgiving for friends, is almost here, and we are already drooling over how awesome it’s going to be! All over, college students like us are taking on their own Thanksgiving celebrations and bringing them straight to the dorm. While it may seem impossible to do a full-on dinner party, you can make it happen with these 12 hacks for hosting thanksgiving dinner!

 

1. Get Lucky with Pot-Luck

One of the easiest ways to host a successful Friendsgiving in a dorm or small apartment is to make it pot-luck. Assemble a list of essential food items and have each of your guests select what they will bring or make.

 

2. Order It In

No cooks among you or limited access to fridges and ovens? Order in instead. Restaurants and catering companies offer Thanksgiving-to-go a few days in advance. Just pick up your pre-cooked turkey and sides and serve hot. Viola!

 

3. Reserve a Common Space

Your 200 square foot dorm is probably not going to cut it. But because it’s the holidays, you may be able to convince your RA to let you use (or rent) you a common area, such as a lounge or event space, instead. That provides you more seating and tables to spread out!

 

4. Rent Another Room

If you’ve decided that your dorm will have to do, ask another student if you can rent their room to store your big furniture (such as a bed, desk or storage container) while you host your party. You might have to slip them some money for it, but you’ll be thankful for the extra room.

 

5. Make It a Picnic

If you’re not able to get the seating you need, consider doing a Thanksgiving picnic. Spread out flannel or brown and gold blankets on the floor and host a simple meal like turkey sandwiches with cranberry jelly.

 

6. Don’t Forget Entertainment

We love DIY games like giant Jenga or watching Christmas movies such as Christmas Vacation. You can also play a game of Thanksgiving-themed BINGO or Minute to Win It.

 

7. Hold a DIY Decor Contest

Don’t spend a ton of cash on centerpieces when you can have your friends do it for you. Host a contest where everyone brings a DIY floral or non-floral centerpiece. Then, have guests places beads or pennies next to their favorites. The winner takes all.

 

8. Curtain Tablecloths

Covering up ugly folding tables is a must, but table cloths are pricey. Instead, go thrift store shopping for window curtains. Most are just the right height and length, and you won’t feel bad about throwing these away or donating them when done.

 

9. Colored Fiestaware

“Who’s glass is this?” No thanks. Get plastic Fiestaware in different colors for each guest. Then no one has to play the guessing game of where they left their drink or whose plate is in their seat.

 

10. Pre-Make Leftover Bags

You can find plastic takeout boxes at most dollar stores. Before serving your meal, fill each up with a second course and stash to the side. When your guests are ready to go, hand them a takeout box as a party favor!

 

11. Game Hens Over Turkeys

Turkeys are complicated, massive, and not exactly dorm-friendly. Instead of turkeys, go with cornish game hens. They are already individually sized to perfectly fit in mini-fridges and they take less time to cook.

 

12. Make It a Community Affair

Dream of a party with strangers and friends alike? More than likely, there’s someone on your campus who doesn’t have a family to go home to or may be from another country. Get the word out about your Friendsgiving and make it a party you’ll never forget by inviting both your friends and your fellow students to join in and share what they are thankful for.

 

Favorite Sandwiches to Sneak into Class

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Happy National Sandwich Day — or as well call it, the best day of the year! For college students always on the go and in need of quick fixes (that are not expensive or tasteless cafeteria options), a good sandwich means the world. But the perfect sandwich for us isn’t just any PBJ. Our favorite sandwiches to sneak in class are ones that are low-mess, fast makes, and healthy. These 5 recipes are ones you have to try!

 

Egg Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

We love the McDonald’s version of the bacon, egg, and cheese, but who wants to spend cash on that? Instead of spending your morning in a drive-in line, make it at home or in your dorm with just a few ingredients and minutes to spare. Plus, this version is so much healthier!

Ingredients:

  • English muffin
  • 2 tbsp Egg whites
  • Pre-cooked turkey bacon
  • Slice of cheese (any flavor, but we recommend Swiss)

Directions:

  1. In a mug, microwave egg whites for 20-second intervals until cooked.
  2. Follow microwave directions for turkey bacon slice and then cut bacon to fit on the muffin.
  3. Stack egg, bacon, and cheese on the muffin. Eat warm, if possible!
  4. To add more flavor and veggies, add frozen or fresh spinach, onions, mushrooms, etc. to eggs.

 

Elvis or Lisa Marie Sandwich

Elvis was a man of some pretty diverse tastes — some which aren’t particularly that appealing when you hear them. But we can attest that Elvis had something going on when he thought up the sandwich he’s named after. Plus, if you want a bit of decadence, all you have to do is add one sweet ingredient it up to make a Lisa Marie!

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana, sliced
  • Pre-cooked turkey bacon
  • Nutella or chocolate spread*

Directions:

  1. Spread butter lightly on backs of bread then add a generous amount of peanut butter and sliced bananas and pre-cooked turkey bacon.
  2. For the Lisa Marie, add Nutella or chocolate spread.
  3. Grill sandwich until light brown. Enjoy!

 

Chicken Waffle Minis

Chicken and waffles is the flavor everyone is talking about! Now you can recreate it with just a microwave and a few grocery store finds. We can guarantee you’ll make your classmates jealous over this one.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen fried or breaded chicken
  • Mini-sized waffles
  • Syrup or gravy (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Cook chicken and waffles in the microwave and toaster as directed. Stack into sandwiches.
  2. Add a side of syrup or gravy either as a topper or on the side. Delish!

 

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

A little bit messy, a whole lot of deliciousness — the Philly Cheesesteak is a fantastic choice if you’re in need of some powerful protein! While it’s a bit of a mess, it’s so worth it.

Ingredients:

  • Hawaiian roll bread
  • Pre-cooked steak (check frozen or prepared meat aisles)
  • Cheese-whiz*
  • Green and red peppers, sliced
  • ¼ cup white onion, sliced

Directions:

  1. Toast Hawaiian rolls on the stove.
  2. Prepare steak as directed.
  3. Top steak with cheese-whiz, peppers, and onions. Yummy!
  4. *Alternative way for those with access to an oven: Pre-heat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet, assemble sandwiches (along with cooked steak) with Swiss or Provolone cheese instead of cheese-wiz, and bake for 10 minutes or until bread begins to toast and cheese is melted.

 

Our Favorite Ways to Eat Watermelon (Plus Recipes!)

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In honor of National Watermelon Day, we’re getting our favorite fruit out of the fridge and onto the counter. While you may love yours whole and fresh (who doesn’t), there’s actually a ton you can do with watermelon! This ultimate guide will give you ideas for just about any dish from appetizer to dessert and beyond.

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Appetizer: Watermelon Slices With Lime, Mint, and Honey

Watermelon slices are our absolute favorite pre-meal eats for a summer afternoon, but it can get boring after a few bites. Mix it up with a few extra ingredients to make it more of a wow factor.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon, sliced in thick pieces
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Handful of finely chopped mint

To make:

  1. Mix honey and lime in small pot and heat on medium-high for 1-3 minutes.
  2. Allow honey and lime to cool and then generously spread on watermelon slices. Top with mint for an extra kick.

 

Salad: Watermelon Salad With Feta and Almonds

When we think of a summer salad, we usually think of raspberries or strawberries, but watermelon is becoming a new favorite salad topping! We love how you can personalize this dish to make it your own.

Ingredients:

  • Leafy greens
  • Mint leafs
  • Tomatoes, preferably cherry or heirloom
  • Watermelon in cubes or small bites
  • Feta cheese
  • Slivered almonds
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

To make:

  1. It’s as easy as taking all the ingredients and tossing together! Play around with dressings, nuts, and toppings.

 

Entrees: Watermelon and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap

We know it sounds weird to have watermelon in the main course, but it’s an added flavor that totally changes up a meal from bland to amazing! Plus, watermelon goes with a lot of meats and seafood, including pork and shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp, tail off
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Romaine lettuce pieces
  • Watermelon cut in chunks
  • Feta cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To make:

  1. In a small pan, heat oil for 1-2 minutes on medium-low. In a dish, cover shrimp with garlic powder. Add shrimp and cook about 2 minutes on each side.
  2. Remove shrimp and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Spread lettuce and add shrimp, watermelon, and feta cheese. Sprinkle with vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Roll the lettuce up and serve as a wrap.

 

Desserts: Watermelon Popsicle

Sure, we get that you’re an adult with sophisticated tastes when it comes to your food choices. However, we can guarantee that you’ll go NUTS when you take a bite of a classic watermelon popsicle. It’s a flashback on childhood you won’t want to miss.

Ingredients:

  • Chopped watermelon (roughly 3-5 cups’ worth)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • Dash of salt

To make:

  1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until watermelon is liquid and sugar is fully dissolved. If needed, add more lime juice to taste.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze and serve.

**Don’t have popsicle molds? No problem! By using ice cube trays, you can make watermelon ice cubes that are perfect to toss into your favorite juices, lemonades, and other summer drink mixes. Or you can stick toothpicks in them for mini-popsicles that make a great, guilt-free, refreshing treat!

3 Recipe Ideas for Girl’s Night In

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Say goodbye to the boys, and call up your girlfriends! It’s time for a much-needed girl’s night in! Girl’s nights are perfect for reconnecting with your pals while saving money on expensive dinners out or takeout meals. With the following three dorm-friendly, party-appropriate recipes, you can really wow your lady friends while cutting down time and energy.

 

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Individual Pita Pizzas and Cheese Sticks

One of our favorite parts about going out with the girls is grabbing an awesome pizza and splitting it amongst friends. However, a pizza a week can sure add up, especially if you have friends who are picky on their pizza toppings and would rather get individual servings.

Instead of ordering in, spend your dollars on making your own, dorm friendly pizzas with no oven required. Pita pizzas are perfect for those who love thin crust style pizza, and you can find pita bread in most grocery stores. Purchase cheese and sauce for your party and have your girls bring their favorite toppings to share (such as pineapple, pepperoni, veggies, and more!).

 

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When you’re ready to cook, microwave for about a minute and a half (or until cheese is melted), and you’ve got the perfect instant pizza!

You can even make your own classic cheese stick appetizers to pair with the pizzas using just a microwave and a few ingredients. Take cheese sticks from the dairy aisle and roll them in beaten egg coating. Then, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and spices (such as garlic or red pepper flakes) and place in the microwave for 10 second intervals until they feel soft and warm. They’ll taste just like the real thing!

Make-Your-Own Taco and Nacho Buffet

Everybody loves customizing their own dinner! Try putting together a taco or nacho buffet that allows the girls to pick and choose their own toppings. Some of our favorites include freshly diced tomatoes, lime slices, refried beans, and nacho cheese.

 

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To make the meat, you’ll just need a stove top. You can even use a friend’s rice cooker in a pinch if your dorm doesn’t have a stove or cooktop for you to use. Estimate about ¼ lb. per guest when you purchase the meat. Brown it on low heat in a teaspoon of oil for a few minutes. Use a fork or spatula to keep it from clumping in large chunks. You can even add taco seasoning from a spice bag if you really want to amp it up.

If your friends are trying to eat healthier, skip the beef and go with ground turkey or chicken. Or, you can change it up and go veggie style by making black beans and lentils in your microwave. Just follow the instructions on the back of the can or bag!

Buttery Shrimp Pasta

For luxurious nights in or a spa night, you won’t want to mess with make-your-own anything. Instead, serve up something absolutely decadent like a buttery shrimp pasta that your guests will swear is catered in.

Pasta is great go-to meal for college students. You’ll just need some boiling water and fettuccini or angel hair noodles to make it happen. Prepare the pasta first and then set aside someplace warm.

 

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For the shrimp, you’ll want to purchase deveined and peeled medium sized version (about a pound per 5 guests), but defrost long before you get started. Sprinkle salt and pepper on them and then cook in a skillet with butter. For extra flavor, add in some garlic and/or oregano to taste while the shrimp cook for about 3-5 minutes (or until the shrimp are no longer cold).

Then, take a half stick of butter and roughly ¼ cup of parmesan cheese and melt together in the microwave. Add the shrimp to the pasta and top with the cheese and the butter, and you’ve got a dish your friends will be asking for seconds of!

 

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Valentines Day Recipes

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Whether you love Valentines Day or absolutely hate it, you can’t deny that February 14 is (literally) right around the corner.  Even if you aren’t a big romantic, there’s one thing to love about the holiday:  the food.  This holiday is one that really promotes eating, so what better time is there to try your hand at a few recipes?  These treats are fit to satisfy any sweet tooth, Valentines Day lover or not.

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1. Homemade Marshmallows

Rich and creamy homemade marshmallows shaped like hearts for Valentine's Day!:

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What’s better than a nice store-bought bag of marshmallows?  A batch of gooey, melt-in-your-mouth homemade marshmallows. Sure, buying a bag of your favorite puffy treat is quick  The best part:  no oven required.

2. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies

Strawberry Milkshake Cookies - Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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If your sweet tooth is five times larger than normal, these are the cookies for you.  They are super sweet, and true to their name. Trust me when I say they’re reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake – you’ll fall for ’em.

3. Red Velvet Cake Balls

Quick and Easy Valentines Day Red Velvet Truffles- Makes the perfect dessert for two!:

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If any dessert completely symbolizes Valentines Day, it’s chocolate.  Mix it together with another decadent favorite, red velvet cake, and you’ve got a delicious treat.

What are you eating for Valentines Day?