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Dorm Room Food

No matter where you go to school, no matter how gourmet the food in your dining hall is, after eating there 3 times a day, 7 days a week, you’re going to get sick of the food in the dining hall, promise.

It has only been about two weeks since Christmas break and I'm already ready to go back to home cooked meals! I’m so sick of waiting in lines and having what feels like the same options day after day.  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is just something about a home cooked meal that make it ten times better than anything you could get in a dining hall (or as we call it here at Furman, the DH). 

Now I am no five star chef. I may or may not have a history of forgetting to put water in with my easy mac (whoops) and therefore catching the microwave on fire! Cooking is just not my strong point. But, I have been pretty creative recently with our microwave in order to avoid the masses at the DH. Here are 5 easy snacks and meals you can make in a dorm room!

1.     Baked Potato| Keep potatoes in your fridge and when you are ready to make your baked potato take it out, wash it well, and poke holes all over the potato with a fork to allow the steam inside the potato to escape and prevent it from popping in the microwave. Put it on a microwave safe plate for five minutes and then with a paper towel (it will be hot) flip it over and cook it again for another 5 (could be a little less) minutes. Take it out, cut it open, and add a pinch of salt, butter, and shredded cheese. Way better than the dining hall!

2.     Quesadillas | Butter two tortillas on each side and add as much or as little shredded cheese in-between the two tortillas. Microwave for exactly one minute and add toppings such as salsa or sour cream! Just as good as home!
3.     Scrambled Eggs | Crack 2-3 eggs in a bowl and whisk the eggs well with a fork in a microwave safe bowl. (Feel free to also add in some shredded cheese!) Cook in the microwave for 45 seconds, take out and stir with a fork, and microwave again until eggs are almost set, usually 30-45 seconds. The perfect breakfast!

4.     Single S’More | Craving some chocolate during a late night of studying? Take one graham cracker and lay it on a microwave safe plate.  Place chocolate chips or a piece of a Hershey bar and place a marshmallow on top. Heat for 25 seconds and once you have removed it from the microwave place another gram cracker on top!
5.     Hotdogs | Quick lunch between classes? Wrap a single hotdog in a semi wet paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds. Be careful taking it out as it is steaming hot. Add your favorite condiments and you have yourself a yummy, quick, lunch!

So next time you are in despite need of a break from the dining hall food, try these simple options! If you have any other easy dorm room food ideas comment below and share! Bon Appetit!

Even if you are sick of dining hall food remember,




  1. I totally agree with you on getting tired of dining hall food. I absolutely love breakfast in my dining hall (I'm normally still too full from breakfast to have a lunch there), but dinner is not the greatest. It gets old, fast! I'm definitely going to get some potatoes, cheese, and quesadillas. Thanks for the great tips!

    Constance || Prep Northwest

  2. I used to heat up canned soup and I had bags of salad in the fridge and a couple of frozen meals in the fridge. I usually used my flex dollars to get salads at other places besides the dining hall. After freshman year i was done with the meal plan. Great tips!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls