Surviving college is a crucial thing. If you prefer to whip up your own meals, you might wanna try some of these recipes that you can prepare in your own dorm room.
- Overnight Blueberry Maple Oatmeal
Simply mix half a cup each of fresh blueberries and old fashioned oats, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon each of maple syrup and flax seed, then half a cup of milk in a bowl. Transfer the mixture in a jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator. You now have a ready-to-eat meal for the following morning. Just scoop a few of the mixture into a bowl, add a splash of milk, mix and enjoy! You can even enjoy it and eat it from the jar on the go.
- Pineapple Smoothie
Just blend ice together with one ripe banana, half a cup of pineapple chunks and one-third cup of almond milk. Once smooth, transfer it to a tall glass or a tumbler and you’ve got a cool, satisfying drink in hand.
- French Toast in a Cup
This go-to brunch meal can actually be prepared through your microwave in just a few easy steps. First, melt a tablespoon of butter in a cup. While melting the butter in the microwave, cut 1 to 2 slices of bread into bite-sized cubes, then put in enough just to fill the mug with melted butter. In a small bowl or cup, combine one egg, 3 tablespoons of milk, and add in a dash of cinnamon and some drops of vanilla extract. Pour in the mixture over your bread cubes and allow some time for the liquid to soak the bread. Microwave for a minute or until the bread is cooked to your liking. Top with some maple syrup and dig in!
- Nut Butter Banana Wrap
Spread about 2 tablespoons of nut butter evenly on a whole grain tortilla. Then place a peeled banana (slicing is optional) at one end of the tortilla and roll it up. You can even dip it in Greek yogurt for a more flavorful snack on the go! It’s the perfect energy booster, perfect for you if you’re pulling an all-nighter or working out.
- Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Start by draining a can of tuna. Transfer in a small bowl and add in 2 tablespoons capers, 8 pieces of sliced kalamata olives, a tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley, and 1/4 cup of roasted red bell peppers (diced). Squirt in about a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, then adds about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can also add in some salt and pepper to taste. For a crunchier, healthier meal, you may serve them in lettuce cups.
- Avocado Pomegranate Toast
Peel off about 2-4 cloves of garlic, put them in aluminum foil and pour about a teaspoon of olive oil. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 30 to 40 minutes. While the garlic is roasting, lightly toast 2 pieces of bread in a toaster. Once garlic cloves are ready and roasted, crush and spread them evenly onto the toasts. Set toasts on a baking sheet and top each toast with 1-2 slices of buffalo mozzarella. Place them in the oven for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melty. Once out of the oven, add in some thin avocado slices and top with some pomegranate seeds and a dash of ground pepper.
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
First, mix in the following ingredients in a large bowl: 2 cups of rolled oats, one-third cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, half a cup of ground flax seeds, and a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Heat up a small saucepan, then melt 3/4 cup of peanut butter. Add in half a cup of maple syrup and continue stirring until mixture turns liquid. Pour mixture into the bowl with oats and stir until they are completely combined, then let cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in half a cup of dark chocolate chunks before placing oat mixture in an 8 x 8 pan. Flatten mixture into the pan, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into small bite-sized pieces (or not!) and snack up!
- Cucumber Sushi Rolls
Start by cooking rice by following instructions in the packaging. Allow it to cool. While cooling rice, cut up 2 cucumbers in half and remove seeds using a small knife or spoon to create 4 long hollow tubes. Spoon in a small amount of rice and squeeze it onto one side of the cucumber tube using a chopstick or a small knife. Insert a few slices of your choice of vegetables (pepper, carrot, cabbage) and gently add in a small slice of a firm avocado. Fill gaps by adding in more rice until the tubes are packed full. Slice the cucumbers into thin bite-sized pieces and stuff in a bit more rice if fillings start to fall loosely on each slice. Serve with soy sauce or spicy mayo and enjoy!