When heading back to school means a return to dining halls, study groups, and all-nighters, these easy and affordable picks are a must. Rewrite your dinner syllabus with these 7 easy dorm room dishes – all guaranteed to put that sad cup of noodles to shame.
1. Green Mac and Cheese
Indulge in the tastes of home without gaining the freshmen 15. Traditional mac and cheese slims down with the help of hearty vegetables like broccoli, peas, and spinach, while maintaining its creamy bite. And with just 8 ingredients, this better-for-you pick is light on calories and on your wallet. Watch how it's made, above!
Get the recipe: Green Mac and Cheese
2. Chocolate Popcorn Balls
Be the star of your roommate movie night with these mouth-watering popcorn balls. Crunchy graham cracker cereal and popcorn pieces are held together by a gooey chocolate-marshmallow mix and chilled until firm. Got leftovers? Tote the irresistible treats to the library for the ultimate study snack.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Popcorn Balls
3. Chicken Chili
On the nights when the dining hall simply won’t do, whip up a comforting chili that’s studded with tender chicken, fresh vegetables, and zippy chipotle peppers. Ideal for a dorm room dinner party, this party-size dish comes together in just one pot.
Get the recipe: Chicken Chili
4. Chocolate Mug Cake
Satisfy a chocolate craving in 5 minutes flat. With the help of your microwave, this gooey mug cake is a cinch to make and even easier to enjoy. Divide the batter between a few small coffee mugs and microwave until they’re oozing with warm chocolatey goodness. Top with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream if you dare.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake
5. Italian Grilled Cheese
When all else fails, rely on the tried-and-true grilled cheese. Equally as divine for dinner or a midnight snack, this decadent sandwich melt works with just about any of your favorite fillings. This winning combo features a variety of cheeses and Italian meats like prosciutto and salami.
Get the recipe: Italian Grilled Cheese
6. Microwavable Apple Snack
Stuffed with dried cranberries, pecans, and a heavenly cinnamon-brown sugar combo, these apple pie look-alikes allow you to humor your sweet tooth without all the guilt. Zap them in the microwave and they’ll emerge soft to the touch. Finish with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
Get the recipe: Microwavable Apple Snack
7. Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Feta
The combination of chickpeas, quinoa, lemon, and herbs jives in this satisfying delight. Make a big batch of this hearty grain-like salad and enjoy throughout the week as the flavors will improve the longer it marinates.
Get the recipe: Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Feta
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