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10 Recipes for College Students

by Julia Blanter

New school year? Don’t despair. From ramen hacks to instant mashed potato soup, here are 10 recipes that you can make in any dorm room, anytime.

1. Ramen in a jar

Just add ramen noodles plus any leftover veggies to a jar, pour boiling water over the top and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Get the recipe here.

2. Easy Mac with Cheez-It Crumbs

We know you already have a stack of Easy Mac and Cheez-Its. Our Social Media Manager Shirley swears by this creamy, crispy and slightly creepy 60-second snack. Get the recipe here.

Bonus: 5 more Easy Mac Hacks

3. Tuna Salad Bites

You can make – and eat – these Bumble Bee Snack On The Run! tuna bites with one hand while you scramble to finish that essay. Get the recipe here.

4. Vegetable Tikka Masala

Just add tofu cubes to Tasty Bite Vegetable Tikka Masala for a spicy protein-packed meal. Get the recipe here.

5. Barilla Italian Style Entrées

Keep a stack of Barilla Italian Style Entrees under your bed, then peel, heat, eat – buon appetito! No recipe required.

6. Baked Potatoes Stuffed With Baked Beans

Just microwave a large potato for 5 minutes on each side, warm through a can of Bush’s Baked Beans, and top with shredded cheese or Greek yogurt. Get the recipe here.

7. Quinoa and Brown Rice Fried Rice

Make this better-than-takeout fried rice with Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice and whatever edible is still lurking in your bar fridge. Get the recipe here.

8. Instant Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa is a college dorm lifesaver. Top Ancient Harvest Ancient Grains with boiling water and cover, then fluff through with leftover rotisserie chicken and veggies.

9. Dorm Room Nachos

The joy of nachos is that bad nachos is still good nachos. Have leftover pizza? Yep, you can top that with nachos too. Get the recipe here.

10. Instant Mashed Potato Soup

Here’s one you probably won’t repeat when you graduate, but for a quick, soul-reviving meal that’s silly cheap, it’s hard to beat. Case in point: Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are only 27 cents a serve! Get the recipe here.

What’s your favorite college dorm room recipe?

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