Your guide to dorm cooking

You can call mom and tell her you cooked something healthy all by yourself

After one too many visits to the dining hall and a disappointing look into your wallet, you will be forced to find something to eat in your dorm room. Is eating popcorn and trail mix for dinner bad? Maybe after the fourth time.

Cooking in a dorm usually leads to a disaster based on the lack of ingredients and an ever greater lack of patience, but have no fear, because we’re here to spice up you dorm meals with quick recipes that will get you breakfast, lunch and dinner with only six ingredients.

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So get your microwave ready.

Breakfast: Omelet in a mug

Kiss your cornflakes goodbye.

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Ingredients needed

Ramen, eggs, pre-cooked chicken (best thing ever), cheese, rice cups, and broccoli (or your favorite vegetable)

3-5 pieces of broccoli

2 eggs

2 large pinches of cheese

chicken (optional)

How to put it all together

Take a mug and mix all the ingredients together, like a real chef. Put that in the microwave for two minutes and you will have a beautiful omelet to call your own. Maybe add salt to taste if you happen to keep salt in your dorm room, or Sriracha for a spicy start.

Pro tip: Put a plate over the mug while cooking so your precious omelet doesn’t ruin your microwave – not a good start to the day.

Lunch: Broccoli and cheese casserole

Just like ma used to make.

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Ingredients needed

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1 microwavable rice cup

3-5 pieces of broccoli

2 large pinches of cheese

chicken (optional)

How to put it all together

Cook the rice by following directions on the box and let it sit for a few seconds while you do everything else. Put the broccoli in a mug or cup, such as the one you got for free by writing your email down somewhere. Heat that up for about 30 seconds.

When that’s hot and popping, put the cheese on top and microwave it all again for another 25 seconds. Add the rice on top and stir until your perfect lunch is complete. The last step is to call mom and tell her you cooked something healthy all by yourself.

Pro tip: Have a sponge and some soap handy because this one sticks to the mug. Or leave it out to crust over – who cares?

Dinner: Amped up ramen

Rachel Ray, is that you?

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Ingredients needed

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1 packet of ramen

1 egg

3-5 pieces of broccoli

chicken (optional)

How to put it all together

Put the ramen and some water in that same free cup from lunch and microwave for about 4 1/2 minutes. Set it aside while you skillfully prepare the add-ins. This part is mostly up to you, but these ingredients are a guaranteed success. Cook the broccoli in the microwave for 30 seconds and toss it in the ramen bowl.

Put the egg in a small bowl or cup and cook for 1 minute, or until it starts popping and you get scared. Toss that on in, too. Last one, add the chicken for that additional protein kick.

Now you’re full and focused to do some homework, or finish the end of that season on Netflix.

Pro-tip: Put a paper towel and/or plate over the cup of ramen unless you want to flood your microwave. Although, let’s be honest, maybe it needs a good washing.

All recipes have been writer tested and writer approved. Happy cooking!

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