Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to eat like it. Thanks to a few hacks on basic dorm-room essentials like a microwave, an electric kettle, and even an iron, you can turn out delicious meals without setting your room on fire. Here are seven dorm-room-friendly recipes:

1. Microwave Lasagna

The girls at the Small Kitchen College blog figured out that the only special equipment you need is a microwave, a microwave-safe baking dish, and no-cook noodles to make your own lasagna stuffed with ricotta cheese and Italian sausage.

2. Microwave Crème Brûlée Recipe

If your roomie already impressed your floor with microwave chocolate cake, you’ll blow everyone away with this microwaved version of the classic French dessert crème brûlée.

3. Red Pepper and Chickpea Soup Made in an Electric Kettle

Jules from Stonesoup uses an electric kettle (but a coffeemaker would also work) to make a delicious and fast chickpea soup loaded with fresh veggies.

4. Turkey Panini Made with a Clothing Iron

Iron your favorite khakis and make a panini while the iron’s still hot! The Collegiate Cook presents an ingenious way to get more use out of your iron.

5. Rice Cooker Balsamic Dijon Chicken with Farro and Mushrooms

All you need is a rice cooker to bust out this meal of marinated chicken breasts on top of chewy farro and sautéed mushrooms from Clean Eating magazine.

6. Chicken Fajitas on the George Foreman Grill

This tasty recipe from One Handed Cooks grills both the chicken and veggies on the George Foreman Grill, and would work just as well with steak, shrimp, or fish.

7. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

The hardest part of this recipe is just waiting for it. Mix up oatmeal, yogurt, milk, seasonings, and fruit; place in a covered Mason jar in the fridge; and the next morning, breakfast is made! Try the banana-cocoa or raspberry-vanilla flavors.

Photo Credits: College Dorm Room / Dream House Experience, Microwave Lasagna / Small Kitchen College, Crème Brûlée / Lifehacker, Chickpea Soup / Stonesoup, Panini / CHOW, Chicken / Clean Eating Magazine, Fajitas / One Handed Cooks, Overnight Oatmeal / The Yummy Life

Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a Bay Area food writer and cooking teacher with an undying love for pot stickers. She earned her master’s in gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. Her writing appears on her blog Leena Eats and in various food-based encyclopedias.
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