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7 Delicious Recipes You Can Make in Your Dorm

Sick of the dining halls but lacking a full-size kitchen? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are seven simple yet delicious recipes you can make right in your dorm room.

1. Microwaved Cinnamon Apples

For a delicious snack or dessert, these microwaved cinnamon apples are perfect.


  • 1.5 apples
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Cube apples and place them in a mug
  2. Cube butter and add it in with the apples
  3. Microwave on high for two minutes
  4. Remove the mug and stir the mixture
  5. Mix sugar and cinnamon
  6. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples
  7. Stir the mixture
  8. Microwave for two more minutes

2. Rice Krispie Treat for One

For a delicious treat without the hassle, try this Rice Krispie treat in a mug!


  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies


  1. Melt butter in a mug
  2. Add marshmallows and microwave for 20 seconds
  3. Stir the mixture together until smooth
  4. Add Rice Krispies and mix together
  5. Eat warm or refrigerate to harden the mixture

3. Mug o’ Mac & Cheese

Out of Easy Mac? No worries—this is even better!


  • 1/3 cup pasta
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Combine pasta and water in large mug
  2. Microwave on high for two minutes and stir
  3. Repeat this for two to four minutes, stirring every two minutes
  4. Remove mixture and stir in milk and cheese
  5. Microwave for one more minute
  6. Stir and enjoy!

4. One-Minute Quiche in a Mug

Who knew you could make a delicious quiche in just one minute?


  • 1 large egg
  • 4 grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1/8 cup bread
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk or half and half
  • 1 tablespoon grated cheese (of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh herbs (scallions, etc.)


  1. Cut grape tomatoes in half
  2. Tear fresh bread into dime-size pieces and pack it into 1/8 cup
  3. Crack egg in deep (but not wide) mug and add milk
  4. Add melted butter, salt and pepper
  5. Whisk mixture
  6. Add cheese, tomatoes, fresh herbs and bread (you don’t have to mix these in)
  7. Microwave on high for one minute
  8. Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!

5. French Toast in a Cup

Have a delicious breakfast in minutes—without needing a stove!


  • 1.5 pieces of bread
  • 1 egg
  • pat of butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • drop of vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Cube bread
  2. Melt butter in large mug
  3. Place bread in mug and push down
  4. In separate cup, crack egg
  5. Add milk, cinnamon and vanilla (if desired)
  6. Mix together and add to mug with bread
  7. Allow the liquid to soak down into bread
  8. Microwave for one to one and a half minutes
  9. Add syrup and enjoy!

6. Meat Loaf in a Mug

Missing mom’s meat loaf? This is the next best thing.


  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon onion soup mix
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef


  1. In a small bowl, combine milk, ketchup, oats and soup mix
  2. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well
  3. Pat into a mug coated with cooking spray
  4. Cover and microwave on high for three minutes or until meat is no longer pink
  5. Let cool for three minutes and enjoy!

7. Mug Banana Bread

Try this delicious banana bread for one!


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lowfat milk
  • half a banana, mashed
  • sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)


  1. Mist large mug with non-stick spray
  2. Blend flour, sugars, salt, baking powder and baking soda in mug
  3. Add egg and mix until blended
  4. Stir in vanilla, oil and milk, then mashed banana
  5. Microwave one and a half to three minutes, until it’s no longer runny
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon (if desired) and enjoy!


Next time you’re feeling adventurous but don’t want to leave your dorm room, try one of these awesome recipes—you won’t be disappointed!

Rachel graduated from the Honors College at James Madison University in May 2017 and is pursuing a career in the media/PR industry. She majored in Media Arts & Design with a concentration in journalism and minored in Spanish and Creative Writing. She loves spending time with friends and family, traveling, and going to the beach.
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