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.
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.
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.
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. www.BettyCrocker.com 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.