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Quick and Easy Dorm Meals

With it being almost the end of high school for many students at LHS and with college right around the corner, making and cooking meals is a lot more difficult than at home in a full kitchen. This article will provide some easy and affordable meals and snacks that are dorm friendly.

The first recipe is instant mac and cheese in a mug, it is simple, easy, and delicious and it’s not from a starchy powder like kraft. For this recipe, you´ll need 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of elbow macaroni, and 1/2 cup of your choice of cheese. You’re going to put the pasta in the mug and cover it with water, then microwave on high for eight minutes, pausing at the five and 2-minute mark(add more water if necessary). When out of the microwave add your cheese and stir, if the cheese isn’t fully melted put it back into the microwave for another 30-60 seconds. Season it to your liking and enjoy.

Another recipe that’s cost-efficient and dish efficient is sheet-pan chicken fajitas, to make these you´ll need 2 tsp. of chili powder, ½. a tsp of ground cumin and smoked paprika, 2. tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp. of kosher salt, 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, 1 lb of boneless chicken breast cut into 1/2¨ strips, 3 red and yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced, 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced, 2 tbsp. Avocado oil, and the juice of two limes. You’re then going to combine the chicken, bell peppers, onions, avocado oil, and lime juice in a large bowl, then add your spice mixes and toss until completely coated, then spread into a large greased baking pan. Then boil until chicken is no longer pink, and vegetables are tender( should be around 20-25 min). Can serve topped with avocado and tomatoes.

The last recipe is a mug cake, and this is a perfect treat for when you’re craving something sweet, it’s simple and not time-consuming. You´ll need 4 tbsp. of flour, 3 tbsp. of sugar, 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder, 1/8 tsp. of baking soda, 1/4 tsp. of baking powder, 1 egg, 3 tbsp. of oil, 3 tbsp. of milk, 1/2 tsp. of  Vanilla extract, 3 tbsp. of chocolate chips (optional). Mix the dry ingredients together in a mug, then add your wet ingredients and combine until there are no chunks. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, the center should be left a little moist, or else the cake will be overcooked.

 These are only three of the many meals that are affordable and manageable to make in college. Here are some more links for more recipes.


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