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What are some easy breakfasts and lunches that can be made in a dorm room?

Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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It depends in part on what cooking equipment you have access to. If you have a microwave, for breakfast I would suggest oatmeal or other whole-grain cereals, or scrambled eggs (crack and egg in a bowl, mix in a little water, salt, and pepper). For lunch, you can try quesadillas (you just need a tortilla, some cheese, and whatever fillings you like). A rice cooker is an inexpensive way to greatly expand your options. With a rice cooker, you can make oatmeal with fruit the night before and have it ready in the morning, make hearty soups and pasta dishes, and (of course) rice - with a little milk and some raisins, rice can be a breakfast cereal. Add some tofu or fish, and it can be a lunch. Roger Ebert wrote a great guide to cooking (inexpensivel) with a rice cooker here: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/11/the_pot_and_how_to_use_it.html

Answered by: Toxigal T. | over 4 years ago
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With a small refrigerator and a microwave, you have a ton of options. If you have to pick one, I'd say go for the microwave. You can have oatmeal, hot cereal, grits. etc. for breakfast. Microwave mac and cheese packets and cans of vegetables are always an easy lunch. And of course there are always leftovers from the dining hall or take out at the local Chinese place. The refrigerator makes milk an option which makes cereal, eggs/eggbeaters (which you can microwave) and meat and cheese easy to store as well. Those sandwich thins also last longer in the frig. Also, always keep fresh fruit, crackers and peanut butter, and granola or trail mix bars on hand. They help when you have to eat something on your way out and really don't have time to stop.

Answered by: Recent Graduate P. | about 4 years ago
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Since many colleges do not allow hot plates or prohibited them in the dorms, there is a lot of frozen breakfasts that you can actually cook at home. If you are looking for healthy alternatives then you can get prepared chicken and use it on a chicken salad or and chicken salad sandwich you can also heat up spam and mac and cheese, You can also cook bacon and eggs in the microwave as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Before I say "anything that comes out of a box" let me just say that there are many easy things that you can make that both taste good and are healthy. For breakfast you can always go the milk and cereal route. Many students keep refrigerators in their rooms and many campuses have a convenience store or retail dining hall where you can buy a half gallon of milk. Keep a few boxes of your favorite cereal around and there you go breakfast. Yogurt is also a great breakfast. Mix yogurt with some fresh or dried fruit and granola and you have a good breakfast. If you don't have a fridge there are many breakfast bars on the market these days. You can find anything from your basic granola bar to something more substantial with fruit and nuts added. For lunch there are your basic Ramen noodle cups and EasyMac, just find a microwave and you are good to go. Keeping a jar of peanut butter in your dorm room can provide a good snack when put on crackers or an American classic a PB&J if you buy some jelly and a loaf of bread.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | over 4 years ago
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Well, of course everyone knows about Ramen noodles, right? But there's a book that has been published about all the many, many ways you can make Ramen noodles different, delicious and cheap right in a dorm room. It's called 101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles by Toni Patrick. Pick this book up! It will become your new best friend. Besides Ramen, consider things that need no refrigeration. Spam is another great dorm room staple. Tuna is great also. Keep crackers and canned soups around too. For breakfast items, consider oatmeal, pop tarts, an canned individual fruit cups.

Answered by: Onlinelearningchick T. | over 4 years ago
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Pop tarts are a perennial favorite, as they are pretty cheap and easy. Oatmeal makes a good breakfast, and instant oatmeal can be made using only a microwave to heat the water. Cereal is fine too, but one needs a refrigerator to keep the milk cold. Or you could eat it dry. For lunch, bread and cheese is an easy, cheap, and nutritious meal when paired with fruits such as apples or pears. Again, if you have access to a microwave, instant noodles are a common meal.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | over 4 years ago
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Although cooking in the dorm room may seem like an unattainable feat, there are actually numerous recipes which are easy and quick and can provide good meals in a dorm room. Some of my favorite easy breakfasts are microwave scrambled or hard boiled eggs, peanut butter toast, yogurt with granola, and many more! Lunches can include canned soups, vegetable sandwiches, pizzas, and more. Be creative and you won't be hungry!

Answered by: Jpeltz1 Y. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on what equipment you have available to you. Assuming that you have a small fridge and a microwave, you can make quite a lot of things: sandwiches (veggies, lunch meat, cheeses, peanut butter), yogurt parfaits (yogurt, granola, fruit), canned soups, burritos, trail mix, salads, and more. There are also prepackaged convenience foods like breakfast pastries or granola bars, though these are less healthy.

Answered by: Owlie U. | over 4 years ago
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Armed with a microwave and a toaster, you can make a plethora of great breakfasts and lunches. For breakfast, you can make scrambled eggs and toast, or with a little practice you can make homemade (dorm-made!) hollandaise sauce, poached eggs, toasted english muffins, and canadian bacon, resulting in eggs benedict! For lunch, there's always ramen, but stepping a bit beyond the norm you can boil water for spaghetti, heat up jarred pasta sauce, and have a healthy and wholesome lunch in a short period of time.

Answered by: Amusebouche O. | over 4 years ago
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I kept a supply of items that could be heated in a hot pot. It was a little pot that plugged in. I ate canned food, macaroni & cheese, and soups. I also kept a supply of breakfast bars, pop tarts, and donuts. All you need to keep the stuff around is some baggies so that you can it sealed to keep the rodents out.

Answered by: Turker Y. | over 4 years ago
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As far as breakfast goes, anything that can be either made with just a microwave (bacon, sausage, bagels) or requires nothing at all (cereal) is your best bet. As for lunches, pre-made meals helps quite a bit. You could also easily make a sandwich. In the end it really only matter that it can be made with nothing but a microwave and your hands. If it requires more then that, you are going to need a kitchen of some sort.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | over 4 years ago
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For breakfast: Instant Cream of wheat or instant oatmeal can quickly be thrown into the microwave, along with any other microwavable breakfasts. If you have a refrigerator in your dorm, you can store milk and make cereal. If you have a toaster you can make bagels, toast, pop tarts, etc. For lunch: easy mac comes in prepared containers which makes it easy to add water and zip in the microwave. Other options for a filling lunch is a cup or noodles which is cheap and only requires some water and a microwave.

Answered by: Christie18 L. | over 4 years ago
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Poptarts are excellent for breakfast. You can toast them, heat them up in a microwave, or eat them straight from the pouch. Chef Boyardee are also ideal for lunch because all that is involved is heating it up in a microwave.

Answered by: Boyoh Boy D. | over 4 years ago
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Cereal is an easy breakfast. So is pb&j and any kind of fruit. For lunch get used to easy mac. Other options are ramen or cup of noodles.

Answered by: Hahah R. | over 4 years ago
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Bagels Pop tarts Granola bars Yogurt Oatmeal Cold Cereal Toast AppleSauce Canned soups Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Ham and cheese sandwiches Turkey and cheese sandwiches Fresh veggies Fresh fruit Chips/Pretzels Nuts Pudding Cup O Noodles Canned Meat

Answered by: Staceylou M. | over 4 years ago
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If you invest in a refrigerator, there are many options for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast cereal is always a good idea. Or if you have a microwave you can prepare oatmeal. For lunch, maybe buy some lunchables if you like them. Instant meals are a staple in college. Things like Ramen and hotpockets are easy to prepare and will help with your hunger.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | over 4 years ago
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Hahah. Why "make" when you can just grab and eat? For breakfast, cold cereals are what I lived on during my freshman year. If the dorm allows hot plates (be sure to check this. Some don't!) then hot cereals such as oatmeal can be a good choice. For lunch and dinner, there are always ready-to-eat salads and simple sandwiches (e.g. peanut butter and jelly).

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | over 4 years ago
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Every college student should know the magical workings of Ramen Noodles. Also, frozen Eggo waffles. Easy Mac is great too. Basically, anything that can be nuked in the microwave and only requires 1 dish and 1 supplied ingredient.

Answered by: L Platter F. | over 4 years ago
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If a toaster is allowed you could make bagels, toast and English muffins. You can also toast struddles and waffles. If your allowed a microwave then you could warm up oatmeal and pancakes. Make lunch sandwishes, warm up soups and frozen dinners. Warm up canned foods too and slice fresh fruit for any meal.

Answered by: Purple N. | over 4 years ago
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Its better to prefer to a healthy dorm room which consists of the breakfasts like cereal, microwavable oatmeal and peanut and going to lunches peanut butter sandwiches and sweet potato.These will be so tasty and nutritious.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | over 4 years ago
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It depends what sort of appliances you have access to. If you have nothing, dry cereal, granola bars, and fruit are great to grab-and-go. If you have a small fridge, you can have milk, juice, and the supplies to make a quick sandwich. A hot plate or toaster opens up lots of easy options too!

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Cereal is always a cheap and easy meal. Sandwiches are also easy to make and clean. Sandwiches are also very portable and can be taken with you to campus.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | over 4 years ago
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an easy breakfast is cereal. learn to love it! you can also make oatmeal if you have a microwave. For lunch you can make peanut butter and jelly. if you have a microwave you can make ramen or cup of noodles.

Answered by: Mmm S. | over 4 years ago
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There are a variety of different options available for hungry dorm-dwellers! Breakfasts and lunches that require no cooking are of course a great option, such as sandwiches and cereals. With a few simple appliances, such as an electric kettle and a microwave, a plethora of fast options becomes available. Ramen, canned ravioli, tuna, and mac and cheese are all staples of college life, due to their low prices and easy preparation!

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | over 4 years ago
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Your dorm should have a kitchen where you can make eggs, toast, bagels, waffles. If you don't want to have to go to the kitchen to make anything keep things like yogurt with fruit in mind, pop tarts, granola bars. As far as lunch goes, keep deli meat and cheese and bread or peanut butter and jelly so you can make sandwiches. Easy mac, ravioli, pasta...all simple things to make as well.

Answered by: Al1328 O. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a microwave or a skillet cooker you can make a variety of breakfasts that are easy and delicious. When I was in college, I would make a breakfast burrito made with cooked bacon that you can cook at any grocer, a tortilla and eggs which can be made in the microwave or skillet and cheese. Heat and enjoy.

Answered by: Allincorp W. | over 4 years ago
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Eggs, bacon, and cereal are always easy to fix on the run. Also, microwaveable meals are easy and super-fast to prepare. Pop-tarts are good. Ramen noodles are a staple of any college student and can be prepared in about five minutes.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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If a toaster is allowed you could make bagels, toast and English muffins. You can also toast struddles and waffles. If your allowed a microwave then you could warm up oatmeal and pancakes. Make lunch sandwishes, warm up soups and frozen dinners. Warm up canned foods too and slice fresh fruit for any meal.

Answered by: Purple N. | over 4 years ago
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Its better to prefer to a healthy dorm room which consists of the breakfasts like cereal, microwavable oatmeal and peanut and going to lunches peanut butter sandwiches and sweet potato.These will be so tasty and nutritious.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | over 4 years ago
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It depends what sort of appliances you have access to. If you have nothing, dry cereal, granola bars, and fruit are great to grab-and-go. If you have a small fridge, you can have milk, juice, and the supplies to make a quick sandwich. A hot plate or toaster opens up lots of easy options too!

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Cereal is always a cheap and easy meal. Sandwiches are also easy to make and clean. Sandwiches are also very portable and can be taken with you to campus.

Answered by: Mentor4you S. | over 4 years ago
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an easy breakfast is cereal. learn to love it! you can also make oatmeal if you have a microwave. For lunch you can make peanut butter and jelly. if you have a microwave you can make ramen or cup of noodles.

Answered by: Mmm S. | over 4 years ago
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There are a variety of different options available for hungry dorm-dwellers! Breakfasts and lunches that require no cooking are of course a great option, such as sandwiches and cereals. With a few simple appliances, such as an electric kettle and a microwave, a plethora of fast options becomes available. Ramen, canned ravioli, tuna, and mac and cheese are all staples of college life, due to their low prices and easy preparation!

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | over 4 years ago
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Your dorm should have a kitchen where you can make eggs, toast, bagels, waffles. If you don't want to have to go to the kitchen to make anything keep things like yogurt with fruit in mind, pop tarts, granola bars. As far as lunch goes, keep deli meat and cheese and bread or peanut butter and jelly so you can make sandwiches. Easy mac, ravioli, pasta...all simple things to make as well.

Answered by: Al1328 O. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a microwave or a skillet cooker you can make a variety of breakfasts that are easy and delicious. When I was in college, I would make a breakfast burrito made with cooked bacon that you can cook at any grocer, a tortilla and eggs which can be made in the microwave or skillet and cheese. Heat and enjoy.

Answered by: Allincorp W. | over 4 years ago
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Eggs, bacon, and cereal are always easy to fix on the run. Also, microwaveable meals are easy and super-fast to prepare. Pop-tarts are good. Ramen noodles are a staple of any college student and can be prepared in about five minutes.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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Breakfast: Cereal (with milk, if you have a refrigerator), bagels/untoasted bread with cream cheese/peanut butter/jam, fruits (bananas, apples, oranges), pop tarts. Lunch: Pretzels & hummus, burritos (if you have a microwave), hot pockets, fried rice (if you have a kitchen and a pan), celery and carrots with ranch dip, Kraft easy mac (if you have a microwave). To be honest, you can't make a lot of meals without a microwave or refrigerator, so make sure you have those if you're going to make your own food a lot.

Answered by: Pearlsb4swine V. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a microwave and a freezer/fridge, you can make a lot of different things in your dorm room. If you want to be healthy, buy bagels that you can have for breakfast along with some fruit. Or, pick out cereals since those can store anywhere, and buy some milk. For lunch, you can pick up pre-packaged meals and simply heat them up in minutes. Or, you can have pre-made sandwiches ready, that don't require any preparation.

Answered by: Tonya S H. | over 4 years ago
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The easiest breakfast is cereal and milk. It is simple and quick. For lunch, I eat a lot of Ramen Noodles, but my favorite is pizza rolls. You can just pop them in the microwave and you are done! It's awesome!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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Bring a small fridge with you to the dorms. This will help broaden your eating options. You could buy cold cuts and mayo and cheese to make sandwiches for lunch, and bagles and cream cheese to make a little breakfast. A lot of dorms have common rooms with small stovetops or microwaves. If this is the case for you, you can bring pre-made breakfast sandwiches or microwave meals.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a microwave and a refrigerator you have lots of options. You can have ceral, oatmeal, yougurt, Roman noodles, cold cut sandwhiches, and the hormel/ dinty moore meals. I didn't have a refrigeator so I eat alot of the hormel means, roman noodles, peanut better sandwhiches, bags of chips, and poptarts. There is also the chance that you can make friends with someone who will let you youse their microwave or refigerator. Easy mac meals are great too.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | over 4 years ago
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As a preface, make sure you know what you are allowed to have in your dorm room as far as cooking appliances are concerned. Know whether or not you are allowed to have a toaster oven, microwave, rice cooker, electric skillet, or any other appliance. Cooking in your dorm puts you at a huge risk for having a dorm fire, so take caution. Despite what many people think, dorm living doesn't mean eating ramen for every meal. Scrambled eggs can be made in the microwave; just whisk some eggs with a fork, add seasoning and microwave until cooked all the way through. Keeping some fresh vegetables in the mini fridge makes salads and veggie burritos easy. For a salad, put the ingredients (lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc) in a plastic bag with some salad dressing and shake it up! Veggit burritos can be made with some pita bread with ranch dressing or hummus spread on, with any assortment of vegetables inside. Even dorm room staples like ramen and easy mac can be made into healthier, tastier meals. You can add just about anything to ramen, especially if you drain the water. Ramen is great with tuna, salsa, avocado, or just about anything else you can think of. Easy Mac is even better with cherry tomatoes, broccoli or both. There are also lots of books and websites available for dorm cooking around the internet.

Answered by: Chemistry X. | over 4 years ago
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