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12 Clever, Tasty Recipe Hacks for the Dorm Room

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Now that it’s back-to-school season, I keep seeing pictures pop up on Facebook of my friends’ kids getting settled into their college dorms. Those photos have me feeling surprisingly nostalgic. That phase of life is so fun and exciting! While those years in the dorm don’t last long, they’re so unique that they really stand out in my memory. I must admit, I think the thing I miss the most is having a cafeteria full of kitchen staff waiting to make me any food I want any time of day … or night!

As awesome as the dorm cafeteria is, when you’re actually living in a dorm, the cafeteria sometimes becomes a drag and all you want to do is get in the kitchen and cook. The good news is that with a few appliances tucked away in your dorm room, you can have the best of both worlds: cafeteria food at the ready or homemade food when you’re craving it!

What do you need to be able to successfully cook in your dorm room? First and foremost, rent a microfridge from your school! Even with just a fridge and microwave, you’re on your way to all kinds of foodie goodness! Beyond the microfridge, be sure to grab one other small appliance for cooking. Some good options are a hot plate (be sure to have a pot or pan handy!), a waffle iron, or a panini press.

Once you have your appliances in place, it’s time to collect dorm-friendly recipes! The following 10 great recipe hacks for the dorm room are just what you need to get you started on your path to becoming a dorm gourmet!

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Waffle Pockets 1 of 12
Yes, you can make pizza in a waffle iron, and it’s super easy to boot!

Get the recipe from Frugal Foodie Mama
Sriracha Popcorn 2 of 12
Forget that nasty, chemical-laced microwave popcorn at the store, and simply make your own with a brown paper bag. And, of course, don’t forget the Sriracha!

Get the recipe from Taste Love and Nourish
Cinnamon Roll Waffles 3 of 12
Cinnamon rolls are quintessential comfort food, which is just what you need during finals. What you don’t need is an oven … just pull out the waffle iron!

Get the recipe from Babble
Microwave Potato Chips 4 of 12
It doesn’t get much more gourmet than making your own potato chips. Amazingly, if you have a microwave, they are crazy easy to make.

Get the recipe from Babble
Pizza Quesadillas 5 of 12
These quesadillas are a great meal option and are super easy to throw together using a panini press.

Get the recipe from Kitchen Treaty
9-Minute Chocolate Microwave Cake 6 of 12
You’ll be able to make birthday cakes for everyone in the dorm!

Get the recipe from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Ham and Cheese Wafflewiches 7 of 12
How fun is it that you can make ham and cheese sandwiches with a waffle maker in your dorm room? Yum!

Get the recipe from Babble
Hash Browns 8 of 12
If you can't bring yourself to walk all the way across campus to get your hash brown fix, make your own. Waffle iron to the rescue!

Get the recipe from Babble
2-Minute Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake 9 of 12
With a mug and 2 minutes in the microwave, you can make yourself a salty sweet mug cake, perfect for late night studying.

Get the recipe from Babble
Easy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup 10 of 12
Sure, you could make boring Ramen, but you could also make totally awesome Ramen with just a little more effort.

Get the recipe from This Week for Dinner
Microwave Fudge 11 of 12
Your roommate will love you forever if you make homemade candy.

Get the recipe from The View from Great Island
French Toast 12 of 12
No skillet? No problem! Whip up a delicious batch of French toast in your trusty waffle iron.

Get the recipe from Babble

Read more from Jane at This Week for Dinner, Kitchen Tunage and The Spoiler Alert. For more updates, follow Jane on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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