How-To: Innovate dull dorm food

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 Graphic by Noemi Gonzalez

Food: Something mouthwatering and even better when it’s free to us students.

Being a commuter and busy student at ASU, I found it hard to satisfy my stomach around campus at times when I simply didn’t have time. I needed a way to eat to hold me over for the day.

Obviously, low-cost, easy foods like Kraft Easy Mac and ramen are the go-to in such timely situations. The problem is the amount of calories and sodium involved in those products.

 

 

There’s also meals that simply take too long to make and buying a Chick-fil-A sandwich is running up your wallet every day.

Let’s think business.

Investing a large amount of energy and time needs replenishing. However, you need that energy back in an efficient, tasty and even healthy way. Three words to keep in mind when it comes to food are cheap, healthy and fast. Learning how to cook will not only teach you a how to live on a budget but a life skill.

I’m not saying these options are the only ones, but it’s certainly a nice break from your nightly cup of noodle and Lunchables. Here are two recipes I came across on collegerecipes.com that have worked well for me:

For the on-the-go student :
Breakfast Burritos: ($30 estimated) Makes 30 burritos

Ingredients:
2 lbs of pork sausage, 2 bags potatoes, 24 eggs, 4 cups of cheese, 30 tortillas

Directions:

  1. Cook the potatoes and meat separately on a stove.
  2. Split half and half into two pans.
  3. Crack and mix 12 eggs twice (due to 24 eggs)
  4. Add the eggs into the two pans and let it cook until scrambled.
  5. Now, create a burrito by scooping from the pan with a cup and pour it into your tortilla with cheese. Repeat this until you’ve run out of tortillas or filling.
  6. If available, add wax paper over your burritos and wrap each in saran wrap and put it in the freezer.
  7. This is microwavable after and you can pop this on the go to your class or bus.

For the dorm student on a budget:

Microwavable Enchiladas

Tortillas, corn or flour, any size—your preference, any meat you desire—shredded, 1 can enchilada sauce, 1 can black beans, 4 oz. shredded cheese (Mexican blend or mozzarella)

Directions:

  1. Lay out desired number of tortillas on a plate or shallow microwave-safe baking dish.
  2. Next, pour enchilada sauce down the middle of each tortilla.
  3. Then, scoop the black beans on top.
  4. Now, generously sprinkle most of the shredded cheese over the black beans.
  5. Roll up each tortilla, cover in enchilada sauce and top with remaining cheese for garnish.
  6. Finally, microwave for approximately 5 minutes, until heated throughout and cheese is melted.

Remove from microwave carefully, let stand for 2-3 minutes and enjoy :D

Reach the writer at Martin.nguyen@asu.edu.