University life can be hard. Aside from balancing our time between studying and partying, we also have to budget our money for dorm expenses and, of course, meals. ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy’ is totally true. But all work and play, with no food, makes Jack even duller. There’s nothing worse than feeling tired, sluggish and low on energy due to being hungry. It’s simply impossible to study or even party on an empty stomach.
Thus we compiled these quick and easy meals for dorm living.
The Idiot-proof breakfast-in-a-Mug
All you need is:
• A ceramic mug (Of course!)
• A spoonful of butter (That’s assuming you have a small fridge in your room. If not, just ask a tablespoon from a friend working at the cafeteria)
• 2 whole eggs (Yes! That’s minus the exasperating task of segregating the yolks from the whites.)
• A spoonful of water or milk
• Salt, pepper and cheddar cheese, to taste
For roughly 30 seconds, preheat the ceramic mug containing butter only.
Add the water and eggs, season with salt and pepper, and microwave again on high.
After 45 seconds, remove from the microwave and stir for even cooking.
Cook for another 45 seconds and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
If you’re vegetarian, replace eggs with tofu. Ditch the milk and cheese if you’re vegan.
Pasta It Is
Who says we can’t enjoy fine dining in the limited confines of our dorm room?
All you need is a cup of pasta, a microwavable bowl and pasta sauce.
• Put the uncooked pasta into the bowl and add cold water, just enough to cover the pasta. Yup! Cold water is a tried-and-tested trick for quicker cooking pasta.
• After maybe 10 minutes in the microwave, check to see if the pasta is ‘al dente.’
• Heat up the pasta sauce in another bowl. Or you may try olive oil and salt to taste.
• Top with your favorite herbs and spices and Voila! Pasta it is!
Chocolate Cake for Two
If you’re craving for something sweet and easy to whip up, here’s one to share with your dorm buddy.
All you need are five spoonfuls of chocolate cake mix, two spoonfuls of yogurt, a spoonful of diet soda, and a microwavable bowl.
• Grease the bowl with oil or butter.
• Stir the cake mix, yogurt and soda into the bowl until batter turns smooth and creamy.
• Microwave on high for a minute and a half, or until the surface starts showing cracks.
• Let cool before transferring to a plate. Sprinkle with chocolate chips or even ice cream, if you have them.
With just a microwave oven, you won’t have to miss out on healthy and hearty meals.