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15 Easy, Cheap, and Nutritious Dorm Foods

Collegiate meal plan costs got you down?  Never fear, your son or daughter can eat affordably and well, right in their dorm room this fall.

How does Alexandra know this?  I travel a lot, and it’s virtually the same in a hotel room.

Granted, there’s room service, if you care to spring for a $5-$10 cup of tea, plus tip, plus wait for ages, while trying to stay awake and not dressing for bed.  And on the hours that I keep, most room service is no longer servicing when I get around to contacting them.

No.  Have hotpot (a plug-in large or small electric teapot), have mini-fridge, will eat.

Here are some ideas for your student heading off to college this fall.  Again, all they will need is a hotpot, and a mini-fridge in terms of appliances….


1.  Instant oatmeal packet in a bowl, add hot water and milk.  Fresh fruit on the side.

2.  Yogurt.

3.  Hard-boiled egg (suspend in an egg poacher spoon so as not to touch the heating coil).

4.  Cold whole grain cereal and milk.

5.  Cold cheese or sausage with a crusty bread.


1.  You can’t be in college and not eat ramen noodles.  Just add water in the self-contained cup, or provide your own soup bowl.  Get enough sodium for the next year.  Extra credit for a few extra chopped veggies tossed in.

2.  Hummus (ground chickpeas with lemon & garlic) in a pita (pocket bread).  Add salad.

3.  Tuna salad on lettuce, or in a wrap.

4.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


1.  Cut-up veggies (crudites) and dip.

2.  Cheese on whole grain crackers.

3.  Cup-a-soup or hot chocolate, coffee or tea.

4.  Granola or power bars, good for the brain!


1.  Buy a rotisserie chicken and make it last several days—sandwiches, chicken salad, etc.

2.  Make your own submarine sandwich.

3.  Tossed salad with plenty of chopped veggies.

4.  Egg salad sandwich.

5.  Couscous salad (add hot water, wait 7 minutes, toss with fork), plus some lite Italian dressing, tomatoes, spring onions, cucumbers, and maybe chunks of chicken mixed in.

There you have it.  No need for a potentially-cancer-causing microwave and non-stop popcorn or nachos.  Buy a BPA-free bottle for water in the fridge, a fork, a spoon, a knife, and a cutting board.  Over and out.

It’s healthy, it’s fast, and it’s college food (or hotel food) on a budget.




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