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Easy Recipes for the College Residence Hall

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Does your residence hall allow some cooking equipment in your room? These easy recipes use a microwave or blender to prepare the food along with basic utensils. Click to check them out and read more!

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Try these 8 easy recipes on your own!

Creamy Oatmeal.
Turn a quiet bowl of oatmeal into a morning energy booster! Follow directions for preparing 1 packet of instant oatmeal, substituting fat free or low fat milk for the water (1/2 cup). After oatmeal has cooked, stir in fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries or peaches.

Burritos.
You can make them better than Taco Bell! Spread a flour tortilla with a thick layer of low-fat refried or black beans. Sprinkle on grated cheddar or jack cheese. Roll into a burrito, tucking in the bottom and top. Cover with a paper towel or napkin. Place in microwave and heat on high until warmed and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa.

Protein Smoothie.
Perk up your morning with a protein smoothie or have it with lunch. Put into blender:
- 1 scoop of soy protein powder
- 1 ripe banana or 1 cup fresh/frozen fruit
- 1 cup soy or cow’s milk (fat free or 1%)
- 1-2 cubes ice if desired
- Sweeten to taste
Blend at high speed until smooth and creamy.

Eggs.
Use them to add protein to your meals.
Boiled: add to salads (adding just the whites contributes very few calories and no fat).
Scrambled: spray a microwavable bowl with oil. Add eggs and beat. Place in center of microwave and cook on high until eggs bubble up to top. Remove eggs while still slightly runny; let sit for 1-2 minutes until hard.

Breakfast burrito.
Wrap scrambled eggs in warmed flour tortilla; top with salsa or a bit of grated cheese. To reduce the cholesterol in eggs, substitute 2 egg whites for 1 of the whole eggs or use egg substitutes.

Sweet Potato Delight.
Wash a sweet potato and poke a few holes in it. Wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 5-7 minutes, until soft. Remove the paper towel, place on a paper plate and cut open. Sweet potatoes are delicious plain or add some cinnamon for a hint of spice. Eat alone or serve with a slice of whole grain toast and fruit. Enjoy the vitamin A packed delight!

Cold Pasta Salad & Dessert.
• 1/ 2 box pasta, cooked and rinsed under cold water
• 1 can chick peas or kidney beans, rinsed under cold water for 1 minute and drained
• 1 cup chopped, fresh or leftover vegetables (onion, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.)
• 1 small can sliced black olives
• salad dressing of your choice, preferably olive oil based or lite creamy version
Empty the cooked pasta into a large mixing bowl. Add beans, chopped vegetables and the olives. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup dressing over mixture. Stir gently in large bowl until well coated.

Homemade Trail Mix.
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup each peanuts or soy nuts, raisins or other chopped dried fruits with 2 cups low sugar/high fiber cereal. Consider a few sweetness, like chocolate chips or other bite size candy. Store in a tightly sealed plastic bowl. Serve yourself just the amount you need at the moment. Store the rest in the pantry or cabinet. Enjoy with a glass of skim or fat free milk.

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