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Food Hacks for College Students

by Sana Cashmiri

For most dorm-living students, it seems impossible to get enough time to cook yourself a decent meal in the shared kitchen, especially when you’re in no mood to socialize with everyone. It’s even harder if you only have access to a microwave, mini-fridge and dining hall, so we’re here to give you some tips and tricks to make life just a little easier.


1. Take free condiments from the dining hall

Stock up on those peanut butter, honey, Nutella, and cheese packets and use them as snacks for those late-night study sessions or when you’re wasting time watching Netflix.

2. Use your coffeemaker to make more than just coffee

You can use your coffeemaker to make couscous, hot dogs, and even grilled cheese. Just make sure you wash your coffeemaker thoroughly, so your coffee doesn’t taste like food.

3. Make grilled cheese with an iron

Get some aluminium, an iron, and bread to make some delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

4. Make no-bake treats

College kids can easily whip up no-bake desserts in their rooms starting with things as simple as fudge bars.

5. Make mug meals your best friend

These days, you can make almost anything in a mug with a microwave ranging from eggs to brownies.

6. Add microwaved poached eggs to everything

Did you know you can make the perfect poached eggs in the microwave? It’s super easy to make and adds a sense of finesse to your cooked meals.

7. Use a waffle iron

A waffle iron is perfect to cook anything from hash browns to cinnamon buns. You don’t even have to go through all the trouble of buying, peeling, and chopping potatoes. Simply buy a bag of shredded hash browns, thaw them, dress them in salt, pepper, and grated cheese, and arrange them along the iron.

8. Bake your oatmeal in bulk

If you speak to any college student, 9/10 times they’ll have had coffee for breakfast. It’s close to impossible to have a healthy, wholesome breakfast. Rather than cook oatmeal bowl for bowl, make a huge batch on Sunday night and seal it in a refrigerator-safe container. Experiment with spices and flavours. You can even make overnight oats that last about a week in the fridge, without having to cook anything.

9. Buy a rice cooker

You can literally make anything in a rice cooker from rice with vegetables to a cake. You can even make soups, pancakes or other desserts.

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