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Easy Dorm Recipes

Article Written by Emily Gabel, Sophomore and SAND (Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Member

Living in a dorm creates many challenges, due to the minimal space and cooking resources available. In a dorm, you do not have the ability to cook a full meal. Although some dorms have kitchenettes in the common areas, is it extremely rare that students utilize them to cook meals more than once a week. With these challenges, it becomes necessary to get creative when wanting to make a meal from the dorm building late at night.

There are many options for dorm breakfast recipes. My personal favorite dorm breakfast meal is overnight oats. Overnight oats are the solution to having a breakfast meal ready for you when you wake up, and a nutritional and tasteful one at that.

Overnight oats require a jar or container with a lid, oats, milk and any sort of add ins you prefer, such as fruits, nut butters or seeds. All of these ingredients are sold at campus markets. To prepare overnight oats fill a glass jar or container with old fashioned oats, to the level of which you think you’ll eat the next morning. Next, fill the jar with milk so that the oats are covered. If you are needing a caffeine pick up, pour 1 cup of brewed coffee into the container with oats, instead of milk. Finally, add toppings to the oats and any sort of spices or flavorings you wish. Simply cover the container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight and you have yourself a nutritious breakfast ready when you wake up!

A dish I love to make in my dorm for lunch or dinner is a Mexican corn salad. For those who would never choose to eat a salad for a meal at the dining hall, this may just be your kind of salad. This salad, unlike what you’re offered at the dining hall, is not lettuce based. A Mexican corn salad has a corn base, which is made from cooking canned corn in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes. After cooking the corn, add black beans, peppers, onions, cilantro and cheese to the corn to make a complete salad. A yogurt based dressing is paired well with this salad. You can make a simple yogurt based salad dressing with products purchased from campus markets. The dressing consists of plain yogurt, lime juice, paprika and cumin.

Not only are these recipe suggestions easy to make in your dorm room, but they are great ideas to mix and match with items served in the dining halls!


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6 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is often about family traditions, but if you’re looking for a twist on some classic autumn staples we’ve got you covered. We’ve collected six easy and delicious side dishes, desserts and a recipe for those leftovers to make Thanksgiving as easy as falling asleep after all that turkey.

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

We’re pretty sure this is what people mean when they say “bundle of joy.”

Cook bacon until just brown and let cool. Divide trimmed, blanched green beans into small groups (somewhere around six green beans in each) and wrap them with a half slice of the bacon. Make sure the loose end is on the bottom!

Sprinkle brown sugar over the bundles. Whisk together melted butter, salt and garlic powder and drizzle this on top. Then roast until the bacon is properly cooked. Serve warm.

Check out the full recipe here!

Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

Keep your asparagus warm on a cold, autumn night with a cheese blanket!

Cook asparagus until tender and place on a baking sheet. Season with salt and garlic pepper. Make sure to keep one cup of the water used to cook the asparagus. Then, melt butter and combine with flour in the same skillet. Pour this leftover asparagus water into the skillet to create a thick sauce.

Stir in all three cheeses after you turn off the heat. Once fully melted, pour the cheesy goodness over the asparagus and top with shredded mozzarella. Garnish how you please and dig in!

Check out the full recipe here!

Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash

We’re nuts about this side dish!

Cut a butternut squash into chunks and toss with olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on a baking sheet. Bake for about half an hour, adding pecans in the last 10 minutes. Viola! You have a super easy, delicious dish.

Check out the full recipe here!

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an apple dipped in caramel pumpkin cheesecake dip may bring a few friends running.

Combine caramels and pumpkin spice coffee creamer in a saucepan and heat until caramels have melted and combined with the creamer. Let it cool. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy and mix in some pure pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice while you continue beating the mixture.

Fold in a container of Cool Whip and cover the bottom of the serving bowl with caramel sauce. Make layers of dip and caramel until you have a ratio you like. Then, drizzle the remaining sauce on top of the layer to create a fun pattern! Serve immediately to prevent separation.

Check out the full recipe here!

Pumpkin Pie Crescents

You already fight over who will get the last crescent. Add pumpkin pie filling and a maple glaze and who knows what will happen!

After starting to preheat the oven to 375 ℉, you’ll want to combine the pumpkin pie mix, egg yolk, and spices. Place about one tbsp. of pumpkin pie mix on each unrolled crescent and roll them over once. Pinch the sides and continue rolling. Then place them on a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake until browned; typically 10-12 minutes. After they’ve cooled a bit, glaze them with a maple glaze for a truly fall-friendly taste.

Check out the full recipe here!

Leftover Turkey Frittata

Who wants to make an elaborate meal the day after Thanksgiving? Just throw some of that leftover turkey in a frittata and you can keep the festivities going without the hassle.

Start by setting the oven to broil. Then, whisk together eggs, shredded cheese, a little bit of salt and pepper and set this mixture aside. Heat a pan over medium heat and melt butter inside. Add spinach and let cook for approximately one minute.

Next, add turkey and some garlic until heated. Pour in the eggs and cheese and cook this for another five minutes. Finally, place the pan in the oven and broil it for about 4 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Check out the full recipe here!

Little Ways to Show Your Friends You Appreciate Them

Write it Out!

Give your friends a thank you note, letting them know how much you appreciate all that they do for you. Express your gratitude in a unique way, not just a typical thank you note. Let them know that you are there for them if they need anything, like they were there for you.

Make them something

Take the time to make your friends a nice craft. They will notice that you took time out of your busy life to create something they would like. Do they light up your life? Make them a fun and festive candle! Do you feel all warm and fuzzy around them? How about on of these DIY Flannel Handwarmers! Even if it doesn’t turn out “Pinterest-quality” your friends will still have something tangible to remind them that you care.

Compliment them

Don’t just compliment their outfit or a good hair day. Compliment them on all the things that make them great! Whether you’re friends because of their razor-sharp wit, or their never-ending compassion. Get creative and take some time to make them feel as special as they are to you.

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Donate to your friend’s favorite charity

This one is a double whammy. Not only are you helping a good cause, but you’re showing your friends that you listen and know their favorite charity, or one that you know would mean a lot to them. You don’t have to empty your savings account, even a small donation will make a big impact. In some cases this can be cheaper than a material gift they might not even like. Here’s a website that helps you choose the best charity to which you should donate.

Give them a book you’ve read and inscribe a note

Have you ever read a book you know your friend would love? Chances are you won’t be reading it again, so why not give them the gift of reading! Inscribe the inside cover with a heartfelt note and an explanation of why they would love this literary work. Not only will they have something to do while the turkey is cooking this Thanksgiving break, but you’ll have something more to bond over as you discuss the novel.

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Mixed CD

It’s a classic for a reason. Compile a few songs that make you think of your friends, or that you know your friends will enjoy. Burn them onto a CD and decorate it! Create a track list that explains why each song has been included. Now you’ll have a good soundtrack when the producers finally contact you about the reality show you and your friends should definitely have.

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Mini scrapbook

Compile all the best pictures of your friends and create a mini scrapbook. Write down inside jokes, fun memories, and reasons why you love them. You can use cardstock as the pages and bind it with ribbon, or follow these instructions for one a little more craft-heavy. Go through it together with some hot cocoa on the side for a nostalgia-filled night.

Bring them a warm beverage

If it’s a cold day, warm your friends up with a hot beverage. Do you know their favorite coffee or tea order? Swing by Starbucks or Miami Ice for a delicious drink and you guys can catch up in between sips. This shows you know some of their favorite things and are willing to take the time out of your day to treat them to something nice.

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Cook them food

Take some time to make your friends a delicious meal. It can just be spaghetti and sauce, or something more complicated. Whatever you cook, your friends will know that you put in the effort to do something nice for them. Bonus points because you get to bond while you eat.

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