Dorm Cooking on a Budget

So if you’re like me, school food options got really old really fast. Today I’m going to provide you all with a few of my favorite cheap and easy recipes that can be made in any dorm or sorority kitchen. You’ll find that cooking your own meals can be more nutritious, a whole lot tastier, and probably less expensive.

(1) Ham and Cheese Wrap


Try making with any of your favorite deli meats. Great for lunch or just a light snack!

1 flour tortilla
2 slices of deli ham
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 small tomato, sliced
Place ham on tortilla. Rip cheese into smaller pieces and spread out over ham. Top with slices of tomato. Roll up tortilla and microwave on 70% for 90 seconds. Remove and enjoy!

Try these combinations for other wraps: peanut butter, banana, and jelly; turkey and Swiss cheese; canned chicken, barbecue sauce, and pineapple. Combine this recipe with the Breakfast in a Mug recipe for a delicious breakfast burrito!

(2) Cheesy Quesadillas


Perfect for a snack in between classes or a quick meal on your study break.

2 flour tortilla wraps (white or wheat)
shredded cheese (Mexican blend is best)
shredded lettuce, diced tomato, salsa, sour cream, torn bits of chicken or any lunch meat, and guacamole (optional).
Lay one tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle evenly with cheese and any other ingredients of your choice on top. Lay a second tortilla on top and place into the microwave for about 45–50 seconds. Once the cheese is completely melted, you can remove the quesadilla from the microwave, cut into fourths, dip into your favorite side, and enjoy!

(3) Ramen Stir Fry


Skip the flavor packet this time around and turn your attention to that super cheap, pre-measured serving of quick-cooking noodles.
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 table spoon garlic powder
Dash of salt and pepper
Sweet chili sauce – start small and add more if needed
Dash of cilantro
Chicken (precooked allows for shorter cooking time)

Directions: Begin cooking the noodles in a pan with a bit of water. Allow for noodles to soften a bit. Begin adding any vegetables or precooked meats of your choosing. Place top on pan for a few minutes to allow for vegetables to soften a bit. Remove top and serve.

I hope these easy to make recipes will spice up your meals while living the college life!
If you have a favorite dorm room meal, feel free to share!

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