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Easy Meals and at School Cooking
With your student heading to college, you may be asking questions about how they are going to access meals while social distancing, or what appliances they should have so they can get cooking in the dorm halls. We’ve been trying out some recipes throughout quarantine (because what else is there to do), and have some quick, easy, and delicious meals that don’t need a full kitchen.
Most dorms have a kitchen that students can share. These kitchens typically have access to a stove, oven, toaster, and microwave, so you won’t necessarily need to worry about how they will be cooking. If your student prefers to have a toaster and a microwave in the room, that’s definitely items worth purchasing. You can find some inexpensive basic versions that will be worth the investment. We do recommend having a mini-fridge/freezer so your student can store items along with a storage area for their pantry goods. Some basic cookware is also a good idea along with a blender of some sort (Magic Bullet, Vitamix, etc.). Not only are these items always good to have so you can avoid ordering delivery every night, but they will also last throughout your college years as you move out of the dorm and into an apartment.
That all said, we’ve rallied up some easy recipes that your student can incorporate into their day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, we’ve provided a list of kitchen items typically needed for each recipe. Most of these are healthy options (bye Freshman 15) but can have items substituted if that is not what you’re looking for. Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions, comment below.
Photo by Feel Good Foodie IG
Photo by Cookie and Kate
Items Needed: Blender or Vitamix or Magic Bullet
Recipe by Joy Food Sunshine
TBH my mom bought me a Vitamix as a graduation gift using points from a credit card because it is pricey but it has changed up my blending game.
Photo by Joy Food Sunshine
Items Needed: NADA!
Recipe by Platings and Pairings
Photo by Platings and Pairings
Photo by DamnDelcious.net
Photo from Food.com
Photo by Good Housekeeping
Photo by Pinch of Yum
Photo by The Spruce Eats IG
Photo by Eat Banza IG
Photo by Delish Pinterest
Honestly, I barely knew how to cook when I left for college but with all of the web and IG recipes (see above), I have definitely stepped up my cooking game. If your student feels a little intimidated, perhaps gifting them with one of these cookbooks will put their mind at ease.
The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook by Pamela Ellgen
How to Cook Without A Book by Pamela Anderson
How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
Jordan Weinsoff, UF Alum
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