With early mornings, late nights and limited healthy options in the cafeteria—maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in college can feel like an impossible task. We want to help you stay on track this semester with your meal plan, so we’ve compiled a quick list of 5 insanely easy and healthy college meals that you can make right in your dorm room! Check them out below!
Microwaved Poached Eggs
Did you know that you can make eggs in the microwave? These poached eggs are super easy and will make a healthy college meal that looks like it could have never been made in a dorm.
Here’s what you’ll need: two farm fresh, large eggs and two whole wheat slices of bread. To cook the eggs, run the water from the tap as hot as you can make it and fill a microwave-safe cereal bowl. Next, add salt to your water and 1/2 tsp of cider vinegar. SLOWLY break an egg into the bowl, then nuke it on high for about 2.5-3 minutes. While the egg is cooking, toast your bread. When the egg is perfectly done it will look like the image above. You can tell the egg is fully cooked by removing it with a slotted spoon. It will jiggle and give. Add your poached eggs to a slice of toast and you’ve got an easy breakfast in under 5 minutes!
Five-Minute Vegetarian Rice Bowl
Need a quick and healthy vegetarian meal to enjoy in your dorm room? This recipe takes just five minutes to make and is so delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need: 2 cups of cooked brown rice, 1/2 a cup of black beans, soaked, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of chili powder, a dash of cinnamon and some guacamole to top it off. Warm-up 2 cups of pre-cooked brown rice in a pan, add your black beans, salt and spices. While the black bean and rice mix is cooking, prepare your guacamole. Next, transfer the rice and beans mixture to a bowl, garnish with your guacamole and you’ve got dinner!
Peanut Butter/Banana Sandwich
Back to the basics. Don’t forget about just making a quick and easy sandwich, especially when you’re on the go or in a time crunch!
Here’s what you’ll need: Buy some whole-wheat bread and top it with peanut/almond butter and bananas, you can even add some honey if you want a little extra flavor.
Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese
This cauliflower mac n’ cheese can be made in less than 5 minutes with just four ingredients! It is the perfect substitute to regular mac n’ cheese and will fill all those comfort food cravings.
Here’s what you’ll need: 3/4 a cup of frozen cauliflower florets or fresh with a bit of water, 1 ounce of shredded cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. In a small microwavable dish with a lid, microwave the cauliflower (covered) for about 1 minute. Next, remove the cauliflower from the microwave and chop into small pieces before microwaving again for another minute or so. Add your shredded cheese, microwave about another 10-15 seconds to melt, then stir in your heavy cream until sauce forms. You’ve got healthy mac n’ cheese in no time at all!
Margherita Pizza Quesadilla
If you are a fan of margarita pizza then this is a great way you can recreate it in your dorm room on the fly!
Here’s what you’ll need: 1 flour tortilla, 1 sliced tomato, 3 ounces of sliced mozzarella cheese, 4 large basil leaves (chopped) and cooking spray or butter. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray or coat the pan with butter. Place the tortilla shell in the pan and layer the tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves on one half of the tortilla. Cook for a minute before folding the empty half of the tortilla over the other side. Then continue to cook for another two minutes, or until the cheese is beginning to melt and the underside of the tortilla is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side of the tortilla until this side is also golden brown. Once cooked, allow quesadilla to rest for about 2-3 minutes, then slice and serve!