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19 Easy Dorm Room Meals Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

When you just can't face another thing of instant noodles.

We know you don't have loads of time for cooking. And unless you're studying at the Culinary Institute of America, your kitchen gear is likely limited.

No worries. These recipes don't require a ton of stuff. And they're quick and easy, so you can get back to the books. Or whatever.

1. Super Easy Hummus

"Simple, quick, easy and oh so delicious," says subtleamuzement. "Made this in under 5 minutes."

2. Thai Peanut Stir Fry Sauce

"Amazing sauce!" raves beth. "It is very flavorful and easy to make! I usually make about 2-3 times the amount that this recipe calls for as I cover chicken and/or rice for dinners."

Thai Peanut Stir Fry Sauce

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Simple French Toast in a Cup

"A quick and easy breakfast or lunch that you can modify to suite your taste," says Deb. "Try it with raisin bread too!"

Simple French Toast in a Cup

Photo by Tammy Lynn

4. Spicy Tuna Fish Sandwich

A classic tuna fish salad but with a kick! "My boyfriend made this when we were out of relish and decided to substitute with jalapenos," says Catherine. "It was awesome! I added the relish back in to give it a sweetness along with the spiciness."

Spicy Tuna Fish Sandwich

Photo by lutzflcat

5. Guacamole

"I'm a Guac FREAK and this recipe is the best," says SCARLETT ETIENNE. "I add a pinch of adobo seasoning and it gives it that extra little flavor boost."

Guacamole

Photo by bd.weld

6. Best Mug Cake (Paleo)

Ready in about 10 minutes "AMAZING!" raves Happy Mama. "This recipe is the best mug cake I have ever tried! I couldn't help but add extra chocolate chips."

Best Mug Cake (Paleo)

Photo by Yoly

7. Gourmet Microwave Popcorn

"Much better than microwave popcorn, and tastier too," says PartialAgonist.

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Gourmet Microwave Popcorn | Photo by Molly

8. Quick Black Bean Hummus

"Black beans make a delicious and healthy alternative to the usual garbanzo beans in hummus," says htiz. "If you have any roasted veggies on hand those also make a great addition blended in to the hummus!"

Quick Black Bean Hummus

Photo by lutzflcat

9. Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

Tip: You can make this on a hot plate or in a toaster oven. "A sweet, warm breakfast idea," says KATIES8422. "Cooked like a grilled cheese, but filled with melted peanut butter and warm bananas."

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10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Waffle Sandwich

Tip: Frozen waffles, chocolate chips, and peanut butter take to the toaster oven. "This a little breakfast snack for a person with a big sweet tooth!" says Maha7.

Photo by bd.weld

11. Omelet in a Mug

"A quick and easy breakfast when you don't have time to cook or do dishes afterwards," says Sharlene J McKee.

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12. 5-Minute Microwave Nutella Cake

"As a poor starving college student, this recipe is one of my favorites," says Kitty. "It is quick, cheap, and 1-portion size."

5-Minute Microwave Nutella Cake

Photo by magicallydelicious

 

Like that? Try Meatloaf in a Mug. Single-serve meatloaf is ready in 15 minutes.

13. Lemon-Dill Tuna Melt Sandwiches

Tip: Take it to the toaster oven. "A slight twist on the traditional tuna melt," says Anna Babcock Prodin. "Lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh dill add a nice zing to a classic favorite."

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14. Leftover Dog Pile

"Easy, quick lunch using leftovers," says pomplemousse. "What could be better? I have leftover chili, so I just pulled some hot dogs from the freezer and voila! Instant lunch!"

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15. BLT

Tip: You can make the bacon in the microwave. The smell of bacon in the halls will make friends. Or enemies. Depending on how much bacon you have.

BLT

Photo by Molly

16. Black Bean Tuna Salad

"Tasty, quick, easy," says PaulineRN. "I used red lentil pasta and added Celery and some shredded red cabbage instead of bacon or bacon bits. Very yummy."

Black Bean Tuna Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

17. Muffin Morning Makers

"These breakfast muffin sandwiches are perfecto for a quick breakfast at home," says Becky. "I like to freeze them and pop them in the microwave for a grab and go breakfast. These sandwiches don't need to be made with sausage, they can be made vegetarian, with ham, bacon or any type of meat you enjoy in the mornings."

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18. Fast English Muffin Pizzas

"I love this recipe!" raves Abby. "My mom always made it growing up, and I introduced it to a group of friends who were over; they loved it! So simple, and there's hardly any mess to clean up later."

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BONUS: Bethany's Frito Pie

The cooking time is listed at 25 minutes. But heat the chili in a microwave, and you save loads of time. And if you're not fond of doing dishes, the Frito bag, sliced along a long edge, makes an excellent chili bowl.

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What, you prefer a bunch of ramen recipes? We gotcha.


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