Don’t want another night of dining hall food? Try one of these 5 easy dorm room dinner ideas for an at-home delicious meal.
5. Chicken Quesadilla
The chicken quesadilla is the ultimate easy dorm room dinner. I made these all of the time when I lived in a dorm and needed dinner in a pinch. Sometimes I even made this when I wasn’t in a rush, just craving a quesadilla.
To make these start by placing a tortilla down on a microwave-safe plate, then top with your choice of shredded cheese. I like the Mexican blend best for this recipe. Then add your choice of toppings. Typically I will add rotisserie chicken pieces, as cooking a chicken in a microwave doesn’t sound super enjoyable, and then a few vegetables. Often I will add some diced tomatoes and peppers, but the plain chicken quesadilla still hits the spot. After you add your toppings place a second tortilla on top and microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Slice into four triangles and enjoy!
4. Tuna Salad Sandwich
The tuna salad sandwich is another great easy dorm dinner. This one is especially great because it doesn’t require any microwaving at all and comes together in 5 minutes.
To make, start by mixing the tuna. Combine a can of tuna with 1 Tbs of mayo, salt, pepper, a splash of red wine vinegar, and some chopped celery. The celery is optional here, but I think it adds a necessary crunch. Next start to assemble your sandwich, I like to use whole-grain bread for added nutrients, but any bread would work so use your favorite.
These next steps can vary depending on what type of condiments and toppings you like so feel free to play around with the flavors. I like to start by putting a bit of mustard on one slice of bread and then placing down a few pieces of lettuce. I then place the tuna on top of the lettuce, this helps to avoid soggy bread as the lettuce protects it. Then I add chopped tomatoes, and the other slice of bread, slice it in half, and enjoy.
3. Elevated Ramen
Ramen is something every college student is very familiar with. It’s the perfect quick dinner because you can pop it into the microwave and enjoy it just a few minutes later. The problem with instant ramen is its lack of protein and other nutrients so let’s spice up this easy dorm room dinner.
Start by making your ramen according to package directions and place it into a larger bowl. I like to use the Maruchan Chicken Ramen Soup Cup. Then make a hard-boiled egg. Making hard-boiled eggs in the microwave can be slightly tricky because they are prone to explosion but there are ways to avoid that.
Start by placing eggs in a microwave-safe bowl and cover eggs completely with water. add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt for each egg and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Then leave the eggs in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and place into cold water before peeling. Once peeled place your eggs into your cooked ramen and add some of your favorite vegetables and herbs. I like to top mine with canned corn and chopped green onions.
2. Microwave Egg Fritatta
The microwave egg frittata may be my favorite easy dorm room dinner. It is packed with protein and so unbelievably easy.
Start by cracking an egg into a microwave-safe mug, and whisk the egg with a fork until the white and yolk are combined. Add a splash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. The next steps will carry based on your taste preferences, but this is how I typically make mine. Add a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped basil, and crumbled feta cheese. Mix until combined and place into the microwave. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and let stand for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and enjoy!
1. Loaded Baked Potato
This last easy dorm room dinner was something I made weekly when I lived in a dorm. It is so easy and equally delicious.
Start by washing your potato thoroughly and stab it with a fork a few times to avoid an explosion. Then microwave the potato on high for about 7 minutes. Some microwaves have a potato button, if this is the case for you then use that. Once the potato comes out of the microwave add butter, shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, and chopped chives. Enjoy!
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