Favorite Dorm Foods

It’s not time for me to head back to school quite yet, but I know that some college students are already packing up to hit campus again. Bless your souls.

In honor of the start of a new semester/quarter, I thought it would be cool to share some of the foods that kept me alive in the dorms (since you all know that I’m so darn spoiled in the dining halls) and maybe give my fellow college students some ideas!

fave dorm foods

Peanut Butter

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Obviously. I finished SEVEN jars after all. Accompaniments of choice include bananas, apples, crackers, tortillas, and straight up spoons (I don’t eat the spoon).

Oatmeal + Protein Powder + Banana + Peanut Butter

I had a couple 8 AM classes, so a quick dorm breakfast was necessary on days when I wanted to get out of bed at the last possible minute. My go-to breakfast was 1/2 c. rolled oats cooked with water in the microwave, a whole sliced banana, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, and a big spoonful of peanut butter.

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Sometimes I would actually make this concoction the night before, let it cool, and then put it in the fridge to eat cold the next morning (to avoid waking up my roomie!). Sounds strange, but it was sort of like overnight oats. Bonus points if you put them in an almost empty pb jar.

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Popcorn

Some nice, light microwave popcorn smells great, tastes great, and lures friends into your buttery-smelling dorm room. That being said, I was uber lazy and just bought a huge bag of white cheddar popcorn for myself. Finger-lickin’ good.

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Roasted Chickpeas

Any sort of roasted beans are like CRACK to me. I bought a bag of these roasted chickpeas from TJMaxx over Thanksgiving. I felt bad that these were so loud when I ate them in the dorm…but not bad enough to not eat them. 😀

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I also love Enlightened Roasted Broad Beans and roasted edamame. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Bars

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Oatmeal bars, KIND bars, granola bars, Larabars… I’m not super picky.

Mixed Roasted Nuts/Trail Mix

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Essentially, nut butter in its original form, sometimes with other dried fruits. This photo also happens to include Wheat Thins, which are also a fabulous snack choice.

Apple Chips

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Especially with almond butter!

Greek Yogurt {Sweet}

I love oats, but when I wanted to mix it up, Greek yogurt did the trick. Plain Greek yogurt with chia seeds, cinnamon, banana, peanut butter, and Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins (fave cereal).

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Puffins by themselves were also a convenient and sweet snack.

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also extremely crunchy and loud

Greek Yogurt {Savory}

The generous folks at ADF Foods Lmtd. sent me two bags of Nate’s Mediterranean Bites — one Southwestern flavor and one Garlic and Pesto flavor. They’re freezer falafel bites, and the packages even come with a container of tzatziki sauce that you can thaw/microwave.

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I liked the Southwestern ones better than the Garlic and Pesto, probably because the Southwestern ones had a spicy kick 🙂 They also have a Kale flavor and Sweet Potato flavor!

These made for an easy and tasty lunch or dinner in the dorms if I was running short on time or if the dining halls were already closed for the night. For a light meal I would warm up four of these in the microwave (although an oven would have been ideal!) and eat them dipped in plain Greek yogurt.

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I tried the tzatziki the first time (pictured above), but warming up frozen tzatziki in the microwave made the sauce separate. A little stir helped it out a bit, but I still preferred dipping the bites in thick and creamy Greek yogurt. Also, thawing the tzatziki in the fridge would have probably been a wiser decision.

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Overall, I’m a fan of the falafel bites. For someone with limited time during school and a desire to eat as healthfully as possible, these Mediterranean bites delivered. These babies have 5 grams of protein per two falafels, and they’re made with wholesome ingredients. I dig. They’re delicious too!

Freezer Burritos

^^^Those two words can sound sketchy. However, ADF Foods reassured me that good freezer burritos exist. Enter: PJ’s Organics. This company makes both classic burritos and breakfast burritos that are frozen and microwaveable.

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These are GREAT! Perfect for a quick snack, very tasty, and also made with wholesome ingredients. They sent me the Turkey & Eggs Breakfast Burrito, Traditional Chicken Burrito, and the Steak and Cheese Burrito. I can’t tell you which one was my favorite, but know that they were all mighty delicious.

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turkey and cheese breakfast burrito

Again, this is no Chipotle-level burrito, but it’s definitely a step up from other freezer convenience foods I’ve eaten (scary flashbacks to Marie Callendar’s chicken pot pie). One of the best things about PJ’s burritos is that they’re not too salty. HALLELUJAH for less water retention!

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steak and cheese burrito

Honestly, I was sad when I finished the last one. So do not fear the freezer food! These ones at least.

*Disclaimer: ADF Foods Limited sent me Nate’s Mediterranean Bites and PJ’s Organics Burritos for free. All opinions are my own.

So tell me:

If you’re in college, what are your favorite dorm/apartment snacks?

Do you have any favorite freezer foods? I would love to hear about them! 

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20 thoughts on “Favorite Dorm Foods

  1. I love making dips and sauces out of yogurt. I find that the regular plain works better for sauces rather than Greek. The tart flavor of the Greek kind is sometimes too overpowering for the flavor I want out of the sauce. My favorite freezer meals are definitely burritos although Amy’s brand Mac and cheese is rather delicious as well. In college I ate a lot of instant rice because my Japanese roommate always made a whole rice cooker full and told me to take as much as I wanted. #benefits

  2. Does ice cream count as a favorite freezer food? 😂😏 The Turkey & egg burrito sounds so good. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a burrito before! But they look & sound delish 😛

  3. I’m not a fan of peanut butter but almond butter has stolen my heart. Greek yogurt is also definitely a must-have in my college fridge. It’s so easy & versatile! I love using it in overnight oats, smoothies, sauces, dressings or just eating it plain. I also can’t get enough of regular ol’ nuts. Walnuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, cashews. There are very few types that I don’t love to munch on.

    For freezer items, I like making a big batch of breakfast muffins and lentil patties then I freeze them for later. Trader Joe’s tamales are also delicious!!!

  4. You covered all the essentials!!! 👍🏼👍🏼 wish I had read this post when I was dorming and completely homesick for all my food! O well. You live you learn💁🏼
    For the freezer maybe some turkey burgers, english muffins and bread always keep a long time too in there, frozen veggies, hmmmm I’ll keep thinking for ya
    Have a great one and stay warm!!

  5. I love how different our food options are being on the east coast vs the west coast! We don’t even really have dining halls here. It’s more of restaurants that you order and take your food somewhere to sit outside. I wonder how I would like your type of university! Wish I could come check it out. 😉

  6. I loved having cheese sticks! They were super handy. I tried to keep frozen meals in the freezer because the caf food was no good on the weekend.
    Those apple chips dipped in almond butter sounds heavenly!

  7. My favorite dorm room essentials are pb/almond butter, bars, nuts or trail mixes, oatmeal, cereal, almond milk, greek yogurt, some fruit, dried fruit, bread, and soup! Probably wouldn’t have survived without my pb. Those chickpeas look so good too, gonna have to bring those back to school with me 🙂

  8. My essentials include: peanut butter, oats, rice cakes, almond milk, cereal, fruit, chips + salsa, coffee, dates, chia seeds, and dark chocolate 🙂

  9. i try and keep sliced veggies in the fridge (buy on the weekends and slice for easy pickin because i like to munch a lot while doing hw, and this way i dont stuff myself!
    besides sliceed veggies, fresh fruit, nuts/trail mix (so good with dried cinnamon & ginger!), roasted edamame, veggie chips (homemade, dehydrated), cereal (puffins, kamut puffs, and food for life), and homemade besan crackers!!

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