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    17 Genius Tips For College Students Who Want To Cook In Their Dorms

    Because let's face it, dining hall food sucks.


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    1. Wake up to the smell of the breakfast you prepped the night before with some overnight oats. All you need are oats, cute jars, and toppings of your choice.

    Get them from Amazon: a 32-ounce bag of oats for $3.95 and a six-pack of mason jars for $17.55.

    Take a look at some yummy overnight oats recipes here.

    2. Prepare for game days with some microwave nachos. This recipe uses yummy multigrain chips, and toppings like chicken, tomatoes, and beans that you can sneak from your dining hall's salad bar.

    Get the chips from Amazon for $2.48.

    Check out some damn good nacho recipes here.

    3. Get to crackin' — some eggs, that is. This cooker makes it easy to eat eggs any way you want them, without using a stove. All you need is a microwave!

    Promising Review: "Great quick way to have fluffy eggs. Add ham, cheese, or anything you want to the egg. Enjoy on a bagel, English muffin, or on a plate. Delicious." —JACKIE15

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

    4. And because you'll have eggs in your dorm to cook, try making poached eggs with this handy microwave hack.

    Once you've mastered the skill, find some ways to use those poached eggs here.

    5. Take a break from studying to roll up some yummy DIY sushi for dinner. All you need are roasted seaweed snacks, microwavable sticky rice, and fillings of your choice!

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    Get them from Amazon: 12-pack of seaweed snacks for $17.73 and six-pack of microwavable sticky rice for $11.91.

    6. Revolutionize the way you make pasta FOREVER thanks to a microwave pasta cooker. Yes, you can make pasta in the microwave. The future has arrived.

    Promising Review: "This item is a must-have for any college student that has access to a microwave. It cooks boxed pasta as well as any pot, which can provide a welcome change to the college food. My roommate and I got heavy use out of this thing, and I honestly don't know how I would have survived living in dorms without it." —Justin S.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.62.

    Try out a mouthwatering new pasta recipe here.

    7. Blend some fruit (from the grocery story or cafeteria) into a personal blender/bottle for an on-the-go smoothie.

    Get the blender from Amazon for $22.49 (available in four colors).

    Check out some yummy smoothie recipes here.

    8. Put a twist on weekend brunches. If you're allowed to keep a waffle iron in your dorm, then whip up cinnamon roll waffles.

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    Get them from Amazon: waffle iron for $17.12 and cinnamon roll dough for $2.49.

    Check out some interesting things you can make with your new waffle iron here.

    9. Bring your ramen to the next level with awesome recipes like ramac & cheese and ramacos.

    Get a 36-pack of ramen from Amazon for $17.99.

    More ramazing recipes from Serious Eats here.

    10. Satisfy your late-night craving for something sweet 'n' salty with this easy, nutritious snack. Keep some pretzels, chocolate, and coconut flakes on hand, and then grab your fave berries from an on-campus eatery.

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    Get them from Amazon: a 40-ounce container of pretzels for $11.68, a 37-pack of chocolate bars for $33.50, and a four-pack of 12-ounce bags of coconut flakes for $13.

    11. Use a peanut butter jar as a bowl for a protein-packed breakfast or yummy snack. Fill it with things like granola, chocolate, or fruit from the dining hall.

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    Get them from Amazon: a 40-ounce container of natural peanut butter for $4.99 and an 11.5-ounce bag of granola for $3.92.

    12. And now that you'll have peanut butter in your dorm, get creative with it. Grab some chicken and other ingredients on your dining hall run, and make this peanut sauce.

    Get the recipe from The Parsley Thief here.

    13. Gather up your favorite toppings from the salad bar or sandwich station for a microwaved pita pizza party!

    Get a six-pack of pitas from Amazon for $7.99.

    Take a peek at some recipes that'll steal a pizza your heart here.

    14. Cook up rice just a few feet from your bed by way of this steamer.

    Promising Review: "Super convenient for students who live in residential halls where microwaves are the only way they can cook!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    Take a look at some delish rice bowl recipes here.

    15. Forgo buying cases of chips, and easily make them in your dorm room microwave. All you need are potatoes, olive oil, and salt or another seasoning of your choice to taste.

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    Or try swapping for sweet potatoes if they're more your thang. Recipe here.

    16. Open your world to endless meal possibilities with a slow cooker (if one is allowed in your room, that is). Once you find a recipe you like, let it sit in the slow cooker while you're out at class, and come back to a prepared meal.

    Promising Review: "I made a whole chicken in it the first time I used it, and it was the best chicken I ever had. I thought it might be too large for my needs, but I use it at least once a week for food prep. It has already paid for itself, because I haven't eaten out in weeks." —Tammy Vonderheide

    Get it from Amazon for $20.65.

    Get slow cooker recipe inspiration here.

    17. Heat up your favorite soup in this mug for those nights when it's either too cold or you're not feeling well enough to trek to the cafeteria.

    Promising Review: "Purchased a couple of these last summer for my sons heading off to college. I had low expectations on the mugs actually being used, however, both boys commented not long after arriving at school that they had gotten a lot of use from the mugs already. These mugs ended up being a very important and useful item. Great for a college dorm with limited space, or for bringing food to the office." —Ohiotwins

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (sizes S–L).

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