Dorm Room Home Cooking Tips & Recipe Ideas

Eating out is expensive (and fattening). Unless your parents send extra spending money every week , for many being in college means living frugal at best.  Purchasing a dorm meal ticket is the route many choose.  Here are some dorm room cooking tips and easy ramen noodle recipe ideas. 

However, many times due to "online learning", illness or lack of motivation, it’s not conducive to packing up your laptop and leaving your dorm room to dine in the cafeteria. It’s not wise to skip a meal either.  Food is the fuel your brain needs to function.  If you do skip a meal, you may have trouble concentrating, get a headache, or feel like you didn't get very much out of your class.

Healthy snacking is an option, to tide you over. Wise choices include trail mix, carrots, nuts, an energy bar, or a granola Canned soup, cheese, crackers, instant oatmeal and cereal are all easy and inexpensive options.  But for the homesick student who needs a bit of comfort food, perhaps a slightly heartier dish is in order.  

One of the most inexpensive dishes for a dorm room is a simple package of Raman noodles. While carbohydrates are the main basis, incorporating other ingredients can make this a nutritionally balanced home style comfort dish. 
Easy Ramen Noodle Recipe

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 ounce) package any flavor ramen noodles
  • 1 (3-4 ounce) can water-packed tuna, chicken or salmon, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, any type
  • Finely chopping broccoli,califlower or one can well drained mixed vegetables
  • ¼ cup Crushed Cheezy Crackers
1.     Pour water into a microwave safe bowl, and cook in the microwave about 3 minutes at high heat.
2.     Add ramen noodles, fresh finely chopped vegetable or canned vegetables and stir, microwave 2 minutes more to cook.
3.     Drain and discard water from noodles and added vegetables, stir in seasoning packet, canned meat and shredded cheese. Place back into microwave for 1 to 2 minutes more or until hot. Stir before serving.
4.     Sprinkled crushed cheesy crackers on top and serve.

With a variety of inexpensive ingredients  beginning with a pasta or soup mix and adding a meat, then vegetables and let’s not forget the cheesy crackers, which will do any dish proud. Any student can successfully create a home style casserole that is worthy of a Blue-Ribbon award!

Thanks to Heidi for providing the guest article. She write for The Professional Intern (

1 comment:

  1. This made me smile!...I loved cooking "cheap" dishes in college. But you know what I would make this NOW as well! :)


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