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Ahhh, college. The best four years of your life. While this might be true for some, it isn’t the case for all, especially when it comes to diet. Turns out the Freshman 15 is a real thing. While you can’t trace the dietary phenomenon to one reason, the 5 packs of Ramen per week isn’t exactly helping anyone (though they are delicious!) Don't worry, we have your back with these easy college meals.
But what are you supposed to do!? You’re in a dorm with no real kitchen, a microwave and maybe a toaster (if you’re lucky a toaster oven) so it saves to say you don’t have many options. But that’s okay! That’s why you must get creative. That’s the fun part. Follow these quick and easy recipes for college students and you'll have everyone flocking to your dorm!
Starting off this blog like you start your morning, our favorite and easy microwave breakfast recipe is coffee mug eggs. Don’t make that face. Yes, you can cook eggs in the microwave. And yes, the coffee mug is the perfect vehicle for egg transport (don’t judge me).
But seriously, this is borderline lift changing. Late for that 8 a.m. humanities class? Eggs in a mug take two minutes to cook. All you have to do is crack some eggs into the mug, pour in some milk, and cook for 45 seconds intervals until done. You can also add in any extras such as ham or cheese for some extra flavor.
I cannot tell you how many times this has saved me. It’s easy, simple, on-the-go, and there’s really nothing more “college” than eating scrambled eggs out of a coffee mug walking to class.
Next, we’re about to unlock the power of the sweet potato. If you’re not a fan of the root vegetable, then we need to talk. One of the best ways to avoid the dreaded freshman 15 is to eat more vegetables. Sweet potatoes = vegetables. So therefore, eat sweet potatoes! Why are we focusing on sweet potatoes so much? Besides the fact they are a super food, they are also super easy! Poke a few holes in one with a fork and microwave it for 5-8 minutes depending on the size. Next…. Just kidding there is no next. It’s ready to eat! (I throw a little hot sauce on mine, but I use hot sauce on everything so…)
Another great recipe, one that doesn’t even require a microwave, is…. Salad! Yes, salad! A healthy, low-maintenance meal that can literally be made in under a minute. Buy some spring mix and whatever toppings you want to include, fruits, vegetables, nuts, chicken, etc., add some dressing and Voila! A healthy meal for one.
Don’t worry, this isn’t some health blog. Now it’s time for dessert. Remember how much we loved eggs in a mug earlier? Well, we told you how much we love coffee mug meals, so naturally we have a coffee mug dessert too! But the best part is not the mug, it’s the ingredients. Well, I guess the lack there of ingredients, considering this chocolate peanut butter mug cake has only four ingredients! 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 egg, half a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of white sugar and one minute in the microwave creates the perfect late-night sweet tooth soother (we told you the coffee mug was the perfect food vehicle).
Being trapped- I mean living in a dorm is one of the things you remember most about college. You’ll have late nights, long talks, and questionable dietary choices, but that’s what college is for. These are just some suggestions to switch up from your ramen noodle and canned soup diet that you don’t have to use, but we can’t recommend the versatility of the coffee mug enough. Check out more mug meals here, and don't forget to think about where to store your precious mug in your dorm!
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Aug 29, 2019