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."
Get the Recipe: Super Easy Hummus
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 the chicken and/or rice for dinners."
Get the Recipe: Thai Peanut Stir Fry Sauce
3. Simple French Toast in a Cup
"A quick and easy breakfast or lunch that you can modify to suit your taste," says Deb. "Try it with raisin bread too!"
Get the Recipe: Simple French Toast in a Cup
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."
Get the Recipe: Spicy Tuna Fish Sandwich
"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."
Get the Recipe: Guacamole
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."
Get the Recipe: Best Mug Cake (Paleo)
7. Gourmet Microwave Popcorn
"Much better than microwave popcorn, and tastier too," says PartialAgonist.
Get the Recipe: Gourmet Microwave Popcorn
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 into the hummus!"
Get the Recipe: Quick Black Bean Hummus
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."
Get the Recipe: Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich
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.
Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Waffle Sandwich
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.
Get the Recipe: Omelet in a Mug
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."
Get the Recipe: 5-Minute Microwave Nutella Cake
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."
Get the Recipe: Lemon-Dill Tuna Melt Sandwiches
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!"
Get the Recipe: Leftover Dog Pile
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.
Get the Recipe: BLT
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."
Get the Recipe: Black Bean Tuna Salad
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."
Get the Recipe: Muffin Morning Makers
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."
Get the Recipe: Fast English Muffin Pizzas
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.
Get the Recipe: Bethany's Frito Pie
What, you prefer a bunch of ramen recipes? We gotcha.