By Courtney Edwards, E23 Reporter

College is the perfect time to hone your cooking skills since you’re away from home-cooked meals. College cooking is all about how many ways you can utilize your best friend, the microwave. No one wants to spend hours making something to eat, because we just don’t have the time with our busy schedules.

Fruit and yogurt parfait

  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Blueberries
  • Yogurt
  • Granola (optional)

Starting off with breakfast, you can create your own easy parfait. Search for fruit in your mini fridge or go to Emporium to find what fruit you want. Place the fruit on top of your yogurt or mix it all in, and you have breakfast. You can even add granola if you happen to have it.

Ramen with a healthy twist

  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots (sliced)
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Soy sauce (optional)

If you go into a dorm room, you’re bound to find some ramen noodles lying around, it’s a college students’ staple. To add a healthy twist, cook some pre-cut veggies in a pan and throw them into the mix. Soy sauce will add another kick to the recipe.

You can also make cheese noodles by saving the chicken flavor packet for another time and adding in shredded cheese instead. You can make ramen spaghetti by getting pasta sauce and adding some cheese.

Simple Nachos

  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cheese

Dorm nachos are just what you need when craving Mexican food. You can also add in meat, chili or sour cream if you want. Place the chips on a plate, sprinkle cheese on top, pop it in the microwave, throw on some salsa and you’re done.

Easy taco salad

You can make a taco salad too with the same ingredients by adding lettuce. Put the desired amount of lettuce in a bowl, pour your salsa on top, sprinkle the cheese, crunch up the chips over everything and use sour cream or ranch dressing to finish it off.

Rice Krispie Treats

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispie cereal
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Craisins (optional)
  • Caramel (optional)

For dessert, the easiest thing ever is Rice Krispie Treats. First, melt the butter and marshmallows in a microwave and then add in the cereal. For this recipe, it’s good to have a square dish or oven tray to pour the mixture into in order to get the square shape. Cut them and voila, dessert is ready. You can add chocolate chips, craisins, or caramel on top while it’s cooling for extra sweetness.

College doesn’t always provide the best options for cooking, but now you know how to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all in your dorm kitchen. Happy college cooking!