College dorms are often studies in rambunctious hedonism, with a bit of all-nighter stress and crappy sweatshirts tossed in the mix. Dorm life also tends to include totally dismal eating habits — even when a dining hall meal plan is involved.
Fortunately, there are actual recipes (with directions and everything!) that you can make in the sparse confines of your dorm room or suite. All you need is a microwave and refrigerator, two things that are pretty de rigueur in most college dorms.
From breakfast scrambles, to microwave cheesecakes (YES THEY REALLY EXIST), these meals will not only keep you off of a microwave popcorn diet, they’ll also make your room the go-to place for hanging out (because who can stay away when there’s perfectly good cheesecake involved?).
1. Microwave Scrambled Eggs
No need to wander to the dining hall when you’re hungover in the morning — just whip yourself up a few yummy eggs with the help of your humble microwave.
2. Mug Quiche
A brunch party, in a dorm room?? Yes, please. Bonus: this quiche recipe is also pretty healthy.
3. French Toast In A Cup
It may not be as good as your mom’s, but you can at least imitate the comforts of home with this mug-centric recipe.
4. Overnight Oatmeal
As the name implies, there’s no actual cooking involved in this recipe — just mixing. Let it sit in your mini-fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning.
5. Mason Jar Parfaits
Prepping these cute little containers at the beginning of the week will give you quick and tasty breakfasts for days. Plus they’re portable, which makes them perfect for those dreaded 8 a.m. classes.
6. Mug Pop Tart
Most dorm rooms aren’t actually allowed to have toasters or hotplates, so an actual heated Pop Tart is out of the question. No sweat! Just make this homemade microwave version instead.
7. Mug Pancake
Because if you COULD make a pancake in a cup … why WOULDN’T you?
8. Mason Jar Greek Salad
Prep these pretty, layered salads ahead of time so you’ll always have an easy (and healthy) lunch option when you’re in a rush.
9. Microwave Nachos
This one is a no-brainer — if you have a microwave and a fridge, obviously you should be making nachos.
10. Microwave Mug Pizza
Sure, you could order pizza — but the cleanup required with this cute, single-portion option is so minimal, who needs delivery?
11. Quinoa Salad
Because you need to be a little practical and eat your healthy grains, missy!
12. Microwave Mac And Cheese
This DIY option is leaps and bounds above the boxed Kraft offerings.
13. Mug Meatloaf
Wait, you can make an actual MEAL in a mug?? You may never need to visit home again! (Just kidding, sorry, Mom.)
14. Lasagna For One
There’s nothing like whipping up some comfort food to take the edge off of mid-terms.
15. Microwave Risotto
Because sometimes you need to prove to your suite-mates that you’re a classy bitch.
16. Cookie Cake In A Mug
Warm cookies with no baking required? Check.
17. Chocolate Mug Cake
When it’s that time of the month, you don’t want to venture outside to simply procure chocolate. Luckily, with this recipe, you won’t have to.
18. Microwave Cheesecake
This needs to sit in the fridge for an hour after it’s microwaved, but isn’t that a small price to pay for cheesecake whenever you want it?
19. Microwave Chocolate Bark
A great and simple offering for when you find everyone spontaneously hanging out in your room.