Cooking in College
Beat the freshman fifteen and skip cafeteria lines with these dorm room-ready recipes. Avoid the Freshman Fifteen
It's dormitory-life. Say good bye to curfew, intruding parents, pesky siblings, meals on the table, and your old jean size. Say hello to all-night parties, late-night studying, life in a cinder block room, a diet of fast food, and stretch pants. The Freshman Fifteen is no myth. But with these easy dorm room recipes, it really is possible to still wear your favorite skinny jeans come exam time.
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“DORM-ROOM” RECIPES below:
Microwave Snack Mix
Whip up this tasty Microwave Snack Mix when you need an energy boost.
2 (1-oz.) envelopes Ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups crisp oatmeal cereal squares
3 cups corn-and-rice cereal $
3 cups crisp wheat cereal squares
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
1. Whisk together Ranch dressing mix and 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Stir in oatmeal cereal squares and next 3 ingredients.
2. Microwave mixture at HIGH 2 minutes, and stir well. Microwave at HIGH 2 more minutes, and stir well. Spread mixture in a single layer on wax paper, and let cool 30 minutes. Add cherries and candy pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Quaker Essentials Oatmeal Squares for crisp oatmeal cereal squares, Crispix for corn-and-rice cereal, and Wheat Chex for wheat cereal squares.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Here is a cheap ($3 per serving) and low-cal Mediterranean Chickpea Salad for an easy and filling meal.
4 ounces manchego cheese, chopped
1 (10.5 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon (1 1/2 tsp.) $
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice $
1 cup cherry or grape
tomatoes, each cut into quarters (8 oz.) $
2 bunches arugula or 1 (5 oz.) box baby arugula, cleaned and patted dry
Toss cheese, chickpeas, mint, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest together in a medium bowl; season with salt to taste. Set mixture aside to marinate at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes, or cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate in refrigerator overnight.
Add lemon juice and tomatoes to cheese-chickpea mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.
Divide arugula among 4 individual serving plates and spoon marinated cheese mixture on top. Grind freshly cracked black pepper directly over each salad. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.
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WCCB Fox Charlotte-Chef Troy shares several quick cheap and easy recipes for anyone who wants a meal fast and still tastes good. 8 O'clock Class Cheese Microwave Omelet, Campus Cookout Corn, Dorm Room Bran Muffins, Late Night Toaster Oven in Tuscany, Study Time Shrimp and Rice.
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