Dorm Life Dining: Healthy, Yummy, Quick bites for surviving the semester!

As summer comes to a close, and the weather begins to give way for autumn breezes it’s officially time to gear up for the school year. Children begin to gather their supplies and teachers prepare their lessons, and college students go back to living the “dorm life.” While life in the dormitories can be a pleasant experience, an interesting experience, or even a crazy one; the one thing all college students can agree on is the poor diet they end up having through the semesters. From eating at all hours of the night when cramming for exams or not eating enough because their schedules barely allow time for a breath, college students find themselves just grabbing a quit bite and moving on to their next class, work or a much needed nap. Microwaving, eating junk food, and starving aren’t the only ways to make the dorm life work for you.

Here at the Personal Touch Experience, we hope to give a helping hand in the idea department so meals are healthier, yummier, and much better for a college students mind, body, and soul. A good meal will lift anyone’s spirits, give great energy for the hustle & bustle of being on the go, and help the mind function to its full capacity for lots of learning. The college student has evolved over the years to the working student; making it even more difficult to maintain a balanced diet. We’ve gathered a few awesome recipes that are quick to assemble and taste fantastic. Though we could never compete with mom’s home cooked meals, or dad’s famous chili bowls, we can give you wonderfully fresh and savory meals to hold you off till holiday break!

 

 

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Breakfast Quesadillas, recipe provided below (adapted from Little Diary on the Prairie)

Ingredients

  • 2 flour tortilla shells
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, diced (could substitute this for scrambled eggs)
  • ½ c. ham, diced
  • ½ c. grated Swiss cheese
  • ½ c. grated cheddar cheese
  • OPTIONAL:
  • mushrooms, sauteed
  • onions, sauteed
  • bacon, sauteed

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Lay one tortilla shell to skillet.
  • Sprinkle grated Swiss cheese on tortilla.
  • Sprinkle diced eggs and ham over cheese layer.
  • Next, sprinkle any other optional toppings.
  • Add layer of cheddar cheese.
  • Top with remaining tortilla.
  • As soon as the bottom tortilla is golden brown, flip the whole quesadilla over. Let me know if you figure out how to do this without spilling all the yummy inside ingredients. If you do...just scoop them back in with a spatula.
  • Continue cooking until second side is golden brown.
  • Remove to a cutting board. Cut into wedges.
  • Serve warm!
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Roasted Strawberry Parfaits, recipe provided below (adapted from Steel House Kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh organic strawberries, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • mint for garnish, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and sugar. Pour the strawberries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and roast for 12 to 15 minutes until the strawberries start to release their juices but are still firm. Carefully pour the roasted strawberries and their juice into a bowl and set aside. 
  • Mix yogurt and honey in a medium bowl and stir until combined. Assembe In 8 ounce glasses or parfait cups, assemble the parfaits by adding a layer of yogurt to the bottom of the glass. Next add a few spoonfuls of the strawberries on top of the yogurt and then add a spoonful of granola on top of the strawberries. Repeat layers until serving glasses are full. Top the parfaits with a spoonful of strawberries and a sprinkle of granola. Place a sprig of mint for garnish, optional.
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No-Bake Energy Bites, recipe provided below (adapted from Cooking Classy)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
  • 2/3 cup toasted, sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chips (next time I'll use minis)

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until set (I actually cheated here and shaped mine before chilling with damp hands but I think chilling would make it easier to shape them).
  • Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
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Cocoa Banana Overnight Oats, recipe provided below (adapted from My Fussy Eater)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups milk (cows, almond, hazelnut)
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 banana (mashed, chopped or sliced, whichever you prefer)
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • toppings of your choice

Directions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or jar and place in the fridge, preferably overnight or for at least 1 hour.
  • When you are ready to tuck in, remove from the fridge and top with toppings of your choice. The oats can be eaten cold or heated in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. They will also keep in the fridge covered for 2-3 days.