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Studentsts living in dorms have had a reoccurring issue with sleeping right through dinnert. When pulling an all-nighter and the munchies attack at midnight, hunger wins the battle. Rather than getting fancy, it seems easier to just have a Snickers “because you’re not you when you’re hungry.”

“I just keep water in my frig, so I won’t be tempted, but then I go and spend money,” said Karla Vermullen, an honors student at the Ornelas Hall.

Step 2
Step 2

Cooking meals instead of going out to buy food every night is also a good way to save money and lay off McDonalds fast food stops for a change.

Nonetheless, creating actual meals with only the tools allowed in a college dorm is tricky. Dorm rules state that hot plates, toasters, ovens, deep fryers, skillets, and fire hazards of any kind are prohibited.

Step 3

Being able to make a decent meal with only a coffee pot, frig and access to the microwaves in the laundry rooms is hard but still possible with the right appliances and a few creative ideas.

Having a blender is one of the most practical and beneficial appliances a student can own . It doesn’t take up much space, and can be used to prepare many dishes. For example, with a little milk, yogurt, and choice of favorite fruits, a smoothie for breakfast is only a pulse away.

Cherry Pie Recipe Card

Also, with a bit of chopped avocado, diced onion, lime juice and all-purpose seasoning mixed up in a blender, one can prepare homemade guacamole, and serve along with tortilla chips. It is the perfect snack for an all-night studying session before midterms.

For a good Mexican meal, put guacamole on a tortilla, warm up some pre-cooked fajita meat in the microwave and add some sour cream, cheese and salsa for extra flavor. A perfect taco!

There’s more that can be done with the microwave than just popping popcorn. has tons of microwave recipes like “Easy-Bake Apple Pie,” “Jammin’ Jambalaya,” and “Chili-Coated Chicken.”

“Five layer deep is pretty easy to make,” said Shardee Harrison, a second floor resident at Ornelas B. Hall. Harrison 

There are dozens of snacks, meals and desserts that can be done when cooking in the dorms by doing a little research and having some ingredients.

makes it by layering re-fried beans, guacamole, salsa and sour cream, one on top of the other, adding cheese and microwaving it for 40 seconds.

Chicken Casserole Recipe Card




  1. It so hard to fight the cravings of the late night munchies, I would cook but the struggle or a college student is real and i can’t always afford the ingredients.The cafeteria food its starting to get old but, its all i got unless i buy a whole bunch of cheap snacks.


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