Coming back to campus after winter break is bittersweet: you get to see all your friends again, but gone are the days of long naps on the couch, endless hours of Netflix, and amazing home-cooked meals. Once again, you’re stuck eating food from the dining hall. But fear not! There are ways to spice up the menu. Get creative, combine ingredients, and make food items of your own devising. Need ideas? We’ve got some for you:
This is one of the easiest and the tastiest foods you can make in the dining hall. All you have to do is to grab a bagel, slice it in half, and add tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Then, just pop it in the microwave! (If you prefer a crispier bagel, try toasting it first). Pro tip: Add toppings! You can add chicken, ham, or turkey slices, spinach, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, pineapple or olives. Yum!
Stock up on nuts, peanuts, M&Ms, and chocolate chips from the ice cream section; sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, and almonds from the salad bar; and your choice of cereal from the cereal bar. Combine in a bag and you’re all set! Perfect for class.
Combine cereal, nuts, granola, and yogurt with bananas, strawberries, mangoes—or any other fruits you love—in a cereal bowl. Put the fruit in first, then yogurt, and the cereal, nuts, or granola on top. Easy, delicious, and healthy.
Ice cream sandwich
Tired of all the boring desserts? Try using two cookies—or, better yet, two brownies—to make an ice cream sandwich. You can even sandwich the ice cream between two different kinds of cookies for maximum flavor!
It’s not Mexican night at your dining hall? No worries! Place a flat-bread on a plate, add on your favorite cheese, veggies, and beans and microwave! Here is your new favorite quesadilla!
If your dining hall has this heavenly machine, make use of it, now! Use your salad bar for healthy choices and cheese in between your favorite choice of bread. (You can also basically panini everything from PB&J and Nutella sandwiches to waffles.)