Most of the freshman dorms (Quad, English, Hill, etc.) do not allow access to kitchens for students and as a result many students can find it hard to access healthy, easy to make and good tasting food. Even with a dining plan, there are going to be times where you just want a good tasting snack, or your club’s meeting went past 8 pm and the dining halls are no longer open. Cooking at home is so much cheaper, and preparing your own food doesn’t have to be complicated!
Many times people think they can’t cook without a kitchen, but don’t realize that they have one of the most underrated cooking machines right in their very own bedroom - the microwave. I didn’t realize how awesome my microwave was for meal preparation until I moved back into the Quad to be an RA my senior year. Without a kitchen, I was worried I was lost with how to cook for myself again so I got creative.
One of my favorite breakfasts to make is an egg white ‘omelette.’ I buy egg whites, salsa and spinach to keep in my fridge. In the morning, I just add egg whites, chopped spinach and a spoonful of salsa to a coffee mug, mix it up and less than a minute later I have some awesome and simple tasting eggs to put on a muffin to go! Or if you need something more substantial for lunch or dinner, a sweet potato can be ready in 5 minutes and topped with your favorites (cheese, salsa, lime juice, etc). When in the mood for something sweet, I make a single serve brownie (3 tbsp cocoa powder, ¼ unsweetened applesauce, pinch of baking powder and salt, 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp maple syrup, mix, microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds) and it’s gluten free and vegan!
There is a lot of potential within that microwave for some awesome tasting food from the comfort of your room if you’re creative and willing to look for a few recipes online! Learning to use my microwave has saved me so much time and allowed me to feel like I can cook for myself again.