Whether you live in a dorm, have a tiny kitchen, or find yourself traveling a lot, you know how hard it can be to eat healthy, delicious foods without all the appliances that you’re used to. But before you throw in the towel and call for take-out, consider these dorm-friendly alternatives. From no-cook dishes to meals made in a waffle maker, here’s a list of tasty, easy and affordable recipes that can be prepared even in the smallest of kitchens or dorm rooms.
No Cooking Required
Finger Caesar Salad – Mixing up the homemade dressing is the hardest part about this recipe – and you can always buy dressing instead!
Simple & Healthy Salads – Most of these simple snack ideas just require a little chopping.
Get Creative with Sandwiches – This Spiced Avocado Sandwich from Martha Stewart looks amazing!
Scrambled Eggs – A simple and healthy breakfast is just 1 minute away. :-)
Gluten-Free Bread – A quick and easy GF bread that “bakes” in the microwave!
Apple Nachos – You’ll need to melt chocolate chips, but these sweet and healthy nachos don’t require any other cooking.
Peanut Butter Bars – After you melt butter, just mix and layer the rest of the ingredients – so easy and SO good!
Potato Chips – A cheaper and healthier choice than a bag of chips from a vending machine!
Popcorn – Popcorn kernels are so cheap, and making popcorn from scratch tastes delicious!
1-Minute Flax Muffin from Green Smoothie Girl – a great recipe for almost any dietary restrictions – vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and egg free.
Lasagna from Small Kitchen College – a great resource for recipes, tips and more.
Omelet in a Cup from Better Than Dorm Food – a blog with lots of quick and healthy recipes.
Lara Bars – If you have a good blender, these money-saving breakfast bars can be made in minutes.
DIY Oatmeal Packets – Use the blender to achieve the right texture, and then make your morning oatmeal in the microwave or with an electric kettle.
Salsa – Making your own salsa is cheap and super easy!
Healthy Super Salsa – A healthier salsa recipe packed with superfoods.
Homemade Nut Butters – Turn your favorite nut into a smooth, filling and healthy nut butter.
Super-Charged Green Smoothie for Beginners – A healthy green smoothie that doesn’t taste green!
Banana Berry Bowl from BuzzFeed – Turn frozen bananas into a smoothie bowl for a filling breakfast packed with antioxidants.
Cornbread Waffles & Chili – Make quick and tasty cornbread in the waffle maker, and top with hot chili.
Bacon – You don’t need a stove or oven to make bacon! A waffle-maker may be your favorite new appliance. :-)
Pizza, Hashbrowns and Cinnamon Rolls – A post all about waffle-maker cooking – dos and don’ts!
Waffled Quesadilla from Mo Mamma – Create the perfect crispy and melty quesadilla in the waffle-maker!
Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken – A simple marinade recipe for flavorful chicken.
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken – Tropical flavors make this chicken dish a family favorite!
Applesauce – Another homemade treat that you can make for just a few dollars!
15 Slow Cooker Recipes Under 375 Calories from myfitnesspal – From pot pies to sweet and sour pork, these recipes look delicious!
What’s your favorite meal for cooking in small spaces?