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Butze

[butts] - n. 1. A young woman who is smitten with food 2. A young woman who strives for balance

Dorm Room Quick and Healthy Meals

Dorm Room Quick and Healthy Meals

Dining halls are both my best friend and worst enemy. I love the ease of them- they have tons of options and I don’t need to spend time cooking! When I am busy, they are a great source of food. However, they also get repetitive. At my college, we all live on campus for four years, meaning we all remain on a meal plan for four years. Almost every Tuesday for the past three plus years, I have had Tacos for dinner. Every lunch I have had the same salad with corn, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, mixed greens, chicken, and olive oil and balsamic drizzled on top. Sometimes I throw in egg to change things up.

As the years have passed, I have become more and more sick of dining hall food. Not because it is bad (we actually are rated as having some of the best food of any college), but because it is so repetitive and it rarely has what I am craving. So on the days when I absolutely cannot stomach whatever the dining hall has to offer, I turn to the stash of food in my room and make one of my many go to quick and healthy meals.

I am lucky because my college has kitchens in every dorm with a stove, oven, microwave, etc., but a lot of schools don’t. Some students have microwaves in their rooms, some mini-fridges, and some maybe even an electric kettle or toaster (both of which I highly recommend if you have the budget!). I made a list of my all time favorite Dorm Room Quick and Healthy meals for every living situation. The only setback? You may have to make the food right after buying the ingredients if you don’t have a mini-fridge or access to a fridge. Otherwise, these are so quick and easy and delicious. There is definitely something for everyone on this list! So get cooking and eating!

What would you try to make from this list? Do you have any go to dorm room meals?

DISHES THAT REQUIRE AN OVEN AND/OR STOVE:

  1. Sausage and Spinach Chickpea Pasta
  2. Moni’s Egg Toast
  3. Egg Scramble with Sausage and Spinach
  4. Tortilla Pizza

Sausage and Spinach Chickpea Pasta

Recipe measurements correlate to one serving size as listed on pasta box

INGREDIENTS

  • Chickpea pasta (I love Banza, but if you don’t have Banza, any chickpea pasta will do- it adds great protein. Whole wheat, brown rice, or quinoa pasta works as well).
  • 3 Applegate Sausages (I like the precooked kind with no casing)
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • EVOO
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

Follow cooking instructions on pasta box. While the pasta is cooking, place sliced sausages in a small fry pan to reheat along with the spinach, light EVOO, salt, and pepper. Once pasta is done, drain excess water and mix the pasta with the other ingredients. If desired, top with cheese. Enjoy!  

Egg Scramble with Sausage and Spinach

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Applegate Sausages (I like the precooked kind with no casing)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh spinach
  • EVOO
  • Salt + pepper
  • Optional: a TBSP of milk or almond milk (adds fluffiness)

DIRECTIONS

On the stove, heat a small pan with EVOO. Cut the sausages into bite sized pieces and cook in pan, following given instructions on box. While the sausages cook, crack both eggs into a small bowl and whisk together, adding milk if desired. Once the sausages have been cooking for a few minutes, pour eggs into the pan and mix with sausages.

If the spinach is frozen, sauté in a separate pan until soft with salt and pepper, and then add to the egg pan. If not, place fresh leaves directly into pan with eggs and sausages and season entirely with salt and pepper.

Keep scrambling the dish on the stove until eggs are cooked fully. Place into a bowl or on a plate and enjoy!

DISHES THAT REQUIRE A MICROWAVE:

  1. Egg and Sausage Cup
  2. Quinoa Marinara
  3. Loaded Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Egg and Sausage Cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Applegate pre-cooked sausages (I prefer the type with no casing)
  • 2 TBSP milk or almond milk
  • EVOO
  • Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Coat a microwave safe mug lightly with EVOO. Crack two eggs into the mug and beat with the milk until blended. Slice sausages and place them into the cup with the eggs. Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for 45 seconds. Remove the mug, stir, and season with salt and pepper. Place back in the microwave and cook until the eggs are done, about 30-45 seconds.

Be careful because the mug may be hot! Once cooled, enjoy!

Quinoa Marinara

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup of evenly diced and prepped carrots and broccoli
  • ½ cup quinoa (pre-washed makes this really easy!)
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce
  • Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a microwavable dish, place quinoa and water. Cover with a microwavable plate or lid. Place in microwave and cook for six minutes. Remove and stir. Place back in for another 2-3 minutes, or until water is mostly absorbed. Remove and let sit for up to 10 minutes, when all water is absorbed.

While quinoa sits, place the diced veggies into another microwavable dish and cover with saran wrap. Place in the microwave and cook for 60 seconds max. Add quinoa and veggies to same dish.

Finally, place marinara sauce into microwave for twenty to thirty seconds until hot, remove, and pour onto quinoa dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Loaded Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes, inspired by Gourmande in the Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato, scrubbed and cleaned
  • 1 oz of feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbsp pitted and chopped black olives
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • EVOO
  • Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Scrub the sweet potato and pat dry before puncturing five to seven shallow slices in the top. Place in the microwave on a paper towel for either 4 minutes or on the baked potato setting. The potato should be soft, but not shriveled.

While the potato cooks, mix in a small bowl the remaining ingredients, light on the EVOO. Once the potato is done, slice lengthwise down its center and top with the mixture. Enjoy!  

DISHES THAT REQUIRE NOTHING:

  1. Hummus Toast
  2. Hardboiled Egg and Avocado Salad
  3. Tuna Toast

Hummus Toast

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 Tbsp hummus
  • ¼ cup diced cucumber
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS

If preferred, toast the bread. Spread hummus evenly across the bread, followed by the cucumbers and tomatoes. Next sprinkle feta on the bread and drizzle with EVOO and salt + pepper. Enjoy!  

Hardboiled Egg and Avocado Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • ½ Avocado
  • ½ tomato
  • EVOO
  • Balsamic
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Optional: 1 cup of lettuce (I use arugula)

DIRECTIONS

Dice eggs, tomato, and avocado. Mix together in a bowl, with or without lettuce, and drizzle EVOO and Balsamic on top. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

Tuna Toast

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can pole-and-line caught (or troll caught) light tuna (preferably one sitting in water, not oil)
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup of fresh spinach
  • EVOO
  • Salt + pepper

DIRECTIONS

Drain liquid from tuna can and place tuna into a bowl. Squeeze juice of lemon, EVOO, and salt + pepper, adding each to taste.

Place spinach on bread and top with tuna mixture. Enjoy

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potato Waffles

Mediterranean inspired Salmon Bowl

Mediterranean inspired Salmon Bowl