Back to school time is upon us once again, and here at CookbookCreate.com, we know all too well about trying to get back into the swing of things. Back to having a schedule, back to homework and group projects, and unfortunately, back to the “Freshman 15.”
Cooking in college can be hard, especially with limited room and no parents or recipes. You have to be creative and use every inch of your dorm and shared space to the best of your ability, all the while cooking a great meal and staying within your budget. Doing so is vital; just ask one of my previous college roommates who made a a full traditional American breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs in our dorm room (with no kitchen).
In her attempt to cure her homesickness, using only our microwave and the bottom of our coffee maker, she had me dreaming of lazy Sunday breakfasts at home. The bacon was microwavable, which was the one shortcut she took. Though I must admit, waking up to the smell of bacon is always a good, even if it is microwaved. The pancakes and eggs were cooked on the bottom, heated part of the coffee maker.
After the initial shock of waking up to my roommate making pancakes and eggs on our coffee maker wore off, I couldn’t do anything else but laugh as she critiqued the finish product. For future reference, if you don’t have to use the bottom of a coffee maker, simply don’t.
Dorm room cooking is tricky because we often don’t have the right equipment. Here are some recipes that are simple, quick, and perfectly dorm-friendly. Most importantly, they use limited utensils and ingredients that are easy to find. Please don’t tell her, but I wish my roommate had these college friendly recipes back then, instead of just microwavable bacon. I definitely would have eaten better that infamous morning.
The following are 2 super quick and trouble-free recipes—1 that can be made before your first class of the day, and 1 that you can make in the middle of the day, let marinate, and have for dinner after that 3 hour lecture class.
Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Bananas and Ginger Recipe
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal, preferably steel cut oats
1 banana, sliced
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
pinch of salt
4 tbsp. milk or cream
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
Prepare oatmeal as it says on the package or to your liking. While cooking oatmeal, add milk and stir until smooth and creamy. Place hot oatmeal in a bowl and evenly sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Next, layer banana on top, sprinkle with ground ginger. Lastly, sprinkle banana with very thin layer of salt.
1 head of cauliflower, crumbled into tiny pieces
1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped
3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
3 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tpsb. parsley, washed, dried and chopped
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper
Removing the inner core and thick stems, crumble fresh cauliflower in a bowl. Add olives, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, and salt and pepper and lemon just to your liking. Allow to sit for a few for the flavors to come together. Spoon over a salad, meat or eat as is.