healthy dorm recipe

Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.

  1. They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
  2. They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
  3. They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.

Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!


I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).


What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!


What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!



1 slice of bread (the size usually used for toast) (you can also use brioche bread for something fancier), cut into small cubes about ½ inch by ½ inch
½ of a large egg, whisked
2 tbsp milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp granulated sugar **


1. Place pieces of toast into a large microwave safe mug. First, circle the inside of the cup with cubes of toast, then fill the middle. Continue to stack up until you run out, so that it forms a tower of toast inside the mug.
2. In a separate cup, mix the egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar with a small whisk. Pour over toast, making sure that the batter touches all of the toast. Cook for about 1 minute in microwave or until egg custard mixture is completely cooked. You can eat in the mug or you can easily remove the tower of French toast from the mug onto a plate. Serve with syrup.

Note: this recipe is for one serving, but you can easily double to make two cups and then you don’t need to halve the egg. Just make sure to cook each mug separately.

**Rena’s edit: I would just use ½ a mashed banana in place of the sugar- it will give it a more gooey texture too!


5 super unusual ways you can cook food in your waffle maker! Perfect for college students making dorm food, or if you just wanna be clever ;)

You had me at mozzarella… and cheddar.. and again at Parmesan… and again at just 130 calories for all this cheesy goodness. (Oh and if portabellas are costing you an arm and a leg, I have a trick for making this tasty, healthy snack actually affordable all the time too!). :)

>>>>Get the recipe here<<<<

Microwave Banana French Toast Sticks!

  • ✅2 slices whole wheat bread (cut into sticks)
  • ✅1 egg
  • ✅1 mashed banana
  • ✅1/8 cup milk

Mix everything but the bread. Dip the sticks into the liquid, being careful to cover the entire stick before placing into the mug (or bowl or whatever). Once finished if you have extra liquid (like I did) drizzle on top of all the sticks! Microwave 2 minutes (or more or less depending on your microwave). ENJOY THIS DELICIOUSNESS! BREAKFAST FOR DINNER ERRRRRRRYDAYY!!
Healthy Dorm Room Snack Recipes
So, school time is upon us. To all the incoming freshmen, dorm munchies are VERY real. They are also VERY costly and contribute to the dreaded Freshman 15. How does a girl snack semi-healthy while confined in a dorm room with a simple mini fridge and microwave? Below are several ideas for healthy dorm room […]

5 Ingredient Energy Bites!

Looking for an energy bar that doesn’t have a zillion ingredients and tastes good? Look no further!

These are super quick to make, can be stored anywhere, and taste like a Reese’s cup!

You can make as much as you want, but here’s how I made them:

2 cups quick oats (I used Quaker)

¾ cup of honey

1 cup of peanut butter (you might need to add more depending on the amount of oats you use; you can also use any kind of nut butter)

A few shakes of salt

Dark chocolate chips (who measures chocolate…pshh)

Add the oats and peanut butter first, then add the salt, honey, and the chips last. It can get hard to mix with a spoon, so feel free to use your hands!

Once all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you can roll them up like I did or make them flat like bars. They will last about a week and can also be put in the freezer. 

Feel free to use whatever ingredients you want…throw in some raisins, flax seed, wheat germ…whatever you feel like!

Let me know if you tried them!


The Dorm Dietitian

Raw Sesame Kale Sushi with fresh zucchini and crisp cucumber. At just 159 calories a roll this is one of my go-to afternoon snacks. It’s satisfying, fresh, so good, and, when you make the rice ahead of time like I do, ready in about 2 minutes! (Plus sushi is always perfect for getting-things-done snacks!).

>>>>Get the recipe here!<<<<

Vegan & gluten free, this recipe is SO easy to throw together (smash together?) and travels brilliantly. It’s filled with creamy avocado, tangy lemon, summery cilantro & tart green apple. I love it on my favorite gluten free crackers (crunchmaster, they’re so good I eat them as chips sometimes haha!) but it’s also great on a sandwich, bed of lettuce, wrap or just as is!

Get the 5-minute recipe here!

For me, 2015 has been the year of customization. From chia pudding parfaits to smoothies, this year has been about making healthy, delicious food to fit exactly what I want. In that spirit, I created this guide to help you make exactly the chia seed pudding you want to make! With 60 toppings (that’s right, six-zero) and a recipe to fit whatever your dietary and taste preferences are, I hope you can use this as a jumping off point for your own breakfast creativity! :)

Get more on this guide along with 4 of my favorite topping combos here!


Mediterranean Quinoa Jars- vegan, gf, & dorm room ready!

It’s back to school time and you asked for a dorm friendly meal so here’s my favorite! All you need is a microwave & cutting surface. I recommend checking out the local farmer’s market for the cheapest (and freshest!) produce then making these the same day. They should last about a week in the fridge! Of course you can customize them to have your own favorite veggies- this is ESPECIALLY good with oven roasted veggies if you have access to an oven! Best of all these jars are vegan, gluten free, and taste great at any temperature so go ahead and grab it on the run!

MAKE SURE you put the dressing at the bottom and quinoa on top so that it doesn’t absorb the dressing! Using less absorbent ingredients like peppers, onions, & tomatoes at the bottom will help prevent this.

Typed out ingredients & directions are on the youtube page here.

MAKES 3 SERVINGS (this will change based on the cheese you use! I use My Fitness Pal to calculate the recipe)
353 calories, 13g fat, 48 carbs, 14g protein

For more Minute Kitchen video recipes go here!

Fresh & simple Quinoa Tabbouleh- this vegan, gluten free salad one of my go-to packable meals because the flavors keep getting better as they meld together. Plus make the quinoa in the microwave and you don’t even need a kitchen to pull this recipe together (read: perfect dorm food!).

Get the recipe and a bunch of ideas to customize it here!

I love making date truffles! Starting with a simple base of sweet dates, the flavors can go just about anywhere from sweet to savory, nutty to fruity, add in protein powder, chocolate, whatever you’re in the mood for. It’s not just the truffle base either, roll them in crushed nuts, coconut, cocoa, or, like here, chia seeds. Plus, especially if you’re in a dorm situation, they’re as easy as toss ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth and refrigerate before rolling so have fun getting creative with absolutely minimal kitchen supplies.

Get the recipe for this easy, healthy, vegan, gluten free dessert here!

ps- while you’re checking out the recipe don’t forget to e-mail subscribe to get your FREE copy of my 22 recipe smoothie e-book!

Maybe the healthiest Valentine’s Day treat you’ll have this year? With no sugar (in the truffle base at least, toppings are fair game haha!), just 5 ingredients, and 3g protein per 49 calorie truffle, these beauties are as delicious as they are festive!

>>>>Get the recipe here<<<<

ps- vegan? swap in vegan protein powder like Vega One and you’re all set!