Top 5 Meals for Dorm Room Cooking

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Dorm room cooking doesn’t have to be narrowed down to Ramen noodles and cold cereal. With a mini fridge, large microwave and crock pot, you can whip up gourmet meals to feed yourself and your friends. Discover how to use these kitchen appliances to create five satisfying and delicious meals.


Make this recipe to feed two hearty appetites or as a topping over baked potatoes.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Brown the meat and onions in the microwave using a microwaveable glass bowl. Drain, then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer on high in the crock pot for two hours or cook on low for four hours.

Baked Potatoes

Potatoes are easy to cook in the microwave and can be served as a side dish or as the main course.

Poke the potato several times with a fork. Wrap it in a damp paper towel and microwave it for approximately 5 minutes. The potato is ready to eat when the center is tender.

Slow Cooker Herb Roasted Chicken

This dish is best served with a baked potato or microwaveable rice.

  • 1 small chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice (about one lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Rinse the chicken and remove the excess fat. Stuff the onion inside the chicken and rub the butter onto the skin. Place the chicken into the crock pot. Squeeze the lemon juice on top of the chicken, then sprinkle it with the salt and herbs. Cover and cook in the crock pot on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Since this recipe feeds up to eight people, you’ll probably be left with extras. Mix leftovers with celery and mayonnaise to make chicken salad. For pulled chicken sandwiches, simply add barbecue sauce to the chicken.

Mexican Pizza

Meet that late night craving for pizza with this simple microwaveable meal.

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

Spread the cheese onto one tortilla. Microwave it for 30 seconds, then put the second tortilla on top. Microwave again for 40 seconds. Top with salsa and sour cream. This recipe serves one, depending on the size of the tortillas. For a more filling meal, add pepperoni, browned beef, cooked sausage or mushrooms.

Pasta and Sauce

You don’t need a stove to cook delicious and affordable pasta. And it doesn’t have to be the same dish every time. Use different pastas or sauces for variety.

Boil water in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the pasta to the bowl, and continue to microwave it until the pasta is al dente. Pour the pasta into a strainer. The pasta can be made better with alfredo or marinara sauce, microwaveable meatballs and a side salad. To serve a crowd, cook half a cup of cooked pasta per person.

Next time you want to feed your friends or need a quick meal, cook one of these hearty meals with ease. Remember to handle hot dishes with care and check the food frequently. You don’t want anything to burn or make a huge mess. While your microwave won’t broil or toast food, it can help you create convenient meals that meet your needs and impress your friends.

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