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!

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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! 

Boston Road Trip Eats + Adventures

Mornin’!

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Please tell me you know that song

Evidently, yesterday was another mini road trip, but this time to Boston! My dad also came with us this time around since he had a day off of work. We left at around 8:30 AM, so breakfast was taken on the go:

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Overnight oats in a jar! I just switched out the real spoon with a plastic one and then headed out.

We visited my brother (who goes to Northeastern University) for the day to catch up on life and visit his new apartment since he also had day off for President’s Day (I’m on winter break right now). He’s livin’ off campus like a big shot now. 😉 I kept calling him “Domestic Ben” while also telling him to clean his kitchen appliances more thoroughly. I’m not an annoying sister.

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My face = judging.

After checkin’ out his new place, we walked around town for lunch. It was super chilly and we were getting hungry, so we chose a random Cuban restaurant that we were passing.

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I ordered the yellow rice with shrimp. According to the menu it was supposed to come with fried green plantains (nowhere to be found) and a “green salad.” Hm. The main dish itself was very tasty nonetheless.

The worst part of our dining experience came when it was time to pay the bill. My mom saw that they charged a lot more for some of our dishes than what was noted on the menu. The waitress said casually, “Oh this is our old menu. The prices have changed.” (Note: Everyone in the restaurant received the same menu.) Uhhhh….ya think you could have told us that when we ordered?! Even after admitting their mistake, they still didn’t offer to lower the prices or anything. Lucky for them, Mom was feeling gracious yesterday, so she just paid the price on the bill and still gave a tip. It’s safe to say that we will not be returning there.

Anyway, we started walking around a park after lunch, but we thought our ears were going to fall off from the frigid wind, so we headed back to Ben’s apartment to eat popcorn, do some planks, and then say goodbye. It was a short and sweet day trip, but we always love spending time with Ben!

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Ben added parmesan to this microwave popcorn, and I nearly inhaled the whole bag.

Another four-ish hours of road trippin’ later and more snacking…

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Honeycrisp apple slices and a few roasted unsalted cashews

…and then it was dinner time! We decided to stop by our favorite Thai restaurant on the way home as the finale to our nice President’s Day.

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Grilled chicken salad with peanut dressing. So good.

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Dessert for everyone to share: mango with coconut milk sticky rice. My favorite Asian dessert!

My life this weekend: Eat. Drive. Walk. Eat. Drive. Walk. Eat. Drive. Sleep.

Now my butt hurts from sitting so much. My belly is certainly happy from all this awesome food though!

I hope you all have a great day!

So tell me:

Americans, what did you do for President’s Day?

Have you ever had a bad restaurant payment experience?

What are your favorite road trip snacks?