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College Cooking 101

Despite the many different options of food colleges have to offer, there are times when you may not want to make the trek to the dining hall and would rather eat close to home. Luckily for you, there are many easy recipes that really only require a microwave and simple ingredients.

Kinda Classy Mac ‘n Cheese

Just take your $1 Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese bowl and add oregano, romano cheese, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. If you’re feeling especially healthy, you could add some vegetables, like broccoli or green beans. If you have a toaster oven, you could even bake your mac n cheese and impress all your friends with your classiness and impressive cooking skills. And only you have to know that what you’re eating cost you just over a $1 and about 4 minutes of work.Image

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Glorified Ramen

Take a bag of frozen vegetables, Ramen noodles, peanut sauce, and sriracha, mix it together, microwave, and you’re set! You could even crack an egg and mix it in with the noodles for some protein and have it resemble bibimbap. Now you can bring those P.F. Chang’s meals to your dorm, just cheaper.

Taco Tuesday

Become the hit of your residence and make every Tuesday Taco Tuesday (or every night at that, no one will judge…). Tacos are super easy and can be pretty healthy too. All you need is the fillings, like cheese, rice, meat, vegetables, and salsa. You could melt the cheese on the tortilla either in a toaster oven or warm it in a microwave. Then warm the rest of the ingredients and fold them into your taco. Simple and you don’t have to drive around at 2:00 a.m. in search of the nearest Taco Bell.

Pita Pizza

Layer tomato sauce, cheese, vegetables (like green peppers, mushrooms, etc.), and maybe some pepperoni onto a pita, microwave for about a minute and a half, and enjoy. Why get delivery, when you can just make it in the same amount of time as placing the order?

These are just a few of the many different options of food you can make in college. You don’t have to be constrained to eating in the dining hall. In fact, you could get a meal plan that only offers one or two meals a day and eat in your dorm more often. Cooking for yourself is a good way to watch what you eat without worrying about gaining the dreaded Freshman Fifteen.

Bon Appetit!

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