Dorm Room Food: 5 Essential Food Items Every College Kid Should Have

You don't have to go hungry with these 5 pantry staples.

ILLUSTRATOR Riell Santos

Living in a dorm room doesn't mean you need to live on instant ramen alone. Stock up on these food items you can easily turn into gourmet meals:

 

Cheese
If you have access to a refrigerator, keep a stash of cheese. Cheddar slices are great, feta cubes are yummy, but choose a type that will tickle your palate. You can easily make a sandwich, or add flavor to salads or turn to cheese to make a variety of pasta possibilities.

 



Canned tuna or bottled fish
There are a lot of varieties out in the market! Try those already flavored with chilies, lemons, capers, and other herbs and spices.

Eat it over steamed rice, use in pasta or as filling for a wrap, toppings for a salad, or mix with a few other ingredients to make a delicious dip or spread you can enjoy with crackers or potato chips.

 

 

Nut butter
Spread on top of a piece of bread or cracker. You can go traditional and pair it with your fave jam. Or if you're feeling decadent, pair it with chocolate spread or simply slather some on on sliced fruit like bananas or apples.

Try this delicious combo: toast + peanut butter + bananas + honey. Elvis would be proud.

 

 

Macaroni
If you don't have a stove, you can cook pasta in the microwave!

 

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Here's how: Place 1/2 cup macaroni and 2 cups water in a microwave-safe bowl placed on top of a plate. Microwave in 2 minute intervals for 10 minutes or until cooked. Stir at every interval. Drain, then add sauce.

You can heat up some milk, cheddar cheese, and pepper to make an easy mac n' cheese. Or play around with these flavor combinations: ham, cheese, and basil; tuna, capers, and lemon; tomatoes, bacon, cheese, chilies, and parsley.

Or make a salad by mixing macaroni with mayo, shredded chicken, ham, and cheese.

 

 

Bread

Toast smeared with butter and jam is simply comforting, and a sandwich can be quite a filling meal. Heat bread up in the toaster oven and you're good to go. Try different types of bread so there's always something to excite your palatethere's nothing like pandesal dunked in coffee; you can also go Italian by enjoying an herbed ciabatta; or appreciate the interesting notes of sourdough.

 
You can also go the dessert route and make a sweet pizza! Place strawberry slices on top of bread and drizzle with condensed milk, then toast for 2 minutes.

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Just remember to buy smaller portions so you don't end up with stale bread. But if you do, you can make bread pudding so it won't go to waste!

 

ALSO READ:

5 Easy Snacks You Can Do with Pantry Staples

 

Macaroni photo and canned tuna images from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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