Ask Ashley

“Ashley, I have a meal plan and primarily get my meals through on-campus dining options. But, I just realized my residence hall has a kitchen and I would love to try and cook some meals for myself. Do you have any easy, fast and on the go breakfast recipes you could share for a college student?” 

Alright to begin, I’m glad you finally came across the kitchen in your residence hall as those are super useful. The kitchen is convenient to use when you don’t want to leave and get food or if you just don’t have the time, which describes the life of a college student.

However, the recipes and tips I’m going to share with you will be plant-based since that is how I cook my meals and I think other college students could enjoy them too because it’s very easy to prepare, inexpensive and tastes good.

Now, you could go on Pinterestor even a food blog because I’m not an expert chef. However, the issue with looking at recipes online is that they are typically not tailored to the lifestyle and pantry of a college student. We need minimal ingredient recipes that take minutes to make, I hope my suggestions will give you meal ideas to cook for yourself.

They all say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s true you need breakfast to fuel you and give your brain energy to get through those morning classes and exams. Ingredients to have on hand for breakfast that also can be used in many other meals would be, plain rolled oats, bananas, peanut butter, almond milk, spinach, frozen fruit, rice cakes and avocados.

First, let’s talk about some alternatives to these ingredients in case you have dietary restrictions. If you’re allergic to peanut butter you could try almond butter or even sunflower seed butter. For almond milk you can use coconut milk, oat milk and even regular milk. 

Buying fruits and vegetables frozen will allow them to last longer and frozen fruit tastes just as good as non frozen in smoothies. You can also put it in the freezer in your residence hall kitchen. 

Here are two breakfast recipes, the first is a creamy banana oatmeal. This one is easy, you can either follow the directions on the pack of oats for the stove-top or microwave, then add the bananas to the oatmeal as you heat it up. Once that is done, you will have your oatmeal in the bowl with the warmed up bananas and you can add a spoonful of peanut butter and a handful of frozen fruit since it will warm up over the oatmeal. This recipe takes 5 minutes tops and it’s great for a cold morning. 

The other recipe is a green smoothie, so when you were reading and saw spinach as a breakfast ingredient this is where it comes into play. In your residence hall kitchen, there may be a blender, if not, you could borrow a friend’s. You can use an ice tray to make ice in the res hall freezer. For the green smoothie, you’ll need to put half a banana, two handfuls of spinach, one cup of almond milk, one-fourth of an avocado and two handfuls of ice. An optional ingredient could be some of the frozen fruit if you want it sweeter. Throw all the ingredients in a blender and in less than 3 minutes, you have a great, healthy breakfast. 

In addition, let’s say you need a little snack prior to lunch. Having rice cakes on hand for this purpose are great because you can top them with peanut butter if you're feeling a sweet snack or some avocado if you’re craving something savory. Again, it’s inexpensive and easy.

I hope these recipes are something you can see yourself making in your kitchen. Happy cooking!

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily of The Torch.  


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