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! 

WIAW: Second Celebration

The fall weather is upon us, everyone! I broke out the boots today (and almost missed the bus trying to get them off the top shelf of the closet…actually Ben got them for me. Thanks, bro!). The ONLY thing that I don’t like about my whole family being home is that I can’t take the car to school. But that is so trivial in the grand scheme of things.

So here we are with another Wednesday in which I show you all the fun stuff that made my belly sing (words taken from my Dad). I actually think food makes my taste buds sing….

Anyway, thanks Jenn as always for being a super(mom) host! I formatted this WIAW like last week’s--just a compilation of some of the most interesting meals I’ve had. The MOST interesting EPIC meal was my mom’s second birthday dinner at an incredible Italian restaurant through Groupon. Read on to see the feast 😉

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Breakfasts

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English muffin with pb, sun butter, banana slices, and a glass o’ milk.

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Kath’s peach dough boy smoothie (one of my FAVORITE things ever) + cereal on top for crunch!

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Raspberry banana oatmeal with sun butter

Lunches

Confession: I think all of these are actually dinners because lunch has recently been a turkey, cheese, and spinach sandwich at school. I figured these are a little more exciting and meals I would have for lunch at home anyway.

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Eggs, avocado toast, and another toast for necessary yolk dippage 🙂

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Pork chop, sauteed onions, corn + roasted bell peppers, lettuce for wrapping

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Grilled salmon with lime dill yogurt sauce, carrots, and rice

Snacks

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Honey Oikos Greek yogurt (thanks to our generous neighbors!) and a peanut butter dark chocolate KIND bar (reminded me of a PB cup–YUM).

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Vanilla, mixed fruit protein smoothie

Plus lots and lots of dried figs dipped in plain Greek yogurt. That is my go-to snack of the evening. I think I’ve nearly finished a whole bag of dried figs by myself over the course of this month. Oh and grapes–the huge, black, seedless, two-bite kind. I get grape belly far too often…

Dinner

As I mentioned before, we went out for a second birthday dinner for my mom thanks to good ol’ Groupon. We actually went on Monday night because the deal was only valid Monday-Thursday. Who says you can’t have a full-out Italian feast on a Monday night at the beginning of the school year?!

This can’t even be called dinner. This was literally like Thanksgiving…or more. Yes, more. My dad didn’t even eat lunch because he had been to this restaurant with my mom (through Groupon also) before and knew what to expect. Not only are the portions at this place ginormous, but since the Groupon included one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert for EACH person, there was a flippin’ copious amount of food. AND they served a bunch of antipasti and bread, which were just standard pre-appetizer munchies. I kept saying how boggled I was at the amount of food we were getting for such a great deal. I actually feel the need to take you through the steps of this culinary experience:

1) You sit down and they immediately bring you parmesan cheese and prosciutto.

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2) Then comes some fabulous bruschetta:

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3) There was also bread and some green bean antipasto.

4) The appetizers definitely could have been meals themselves (probably because four people should be sharing one appetizer, but we were getting a bang for our buck). No joke. I was asking for dessert after I finished mine.

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Mine (L): Burrata and tomatoes with olive oil. So creamy and heavenly.

Ben’s (R): Beef carpaccio salad. That thing was huge. And good.

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Mom’s coconut shrimp with dijonnaise sauce. Dad had clams in a tomato sauce, but I didn’t get a picture of it.

4) Alright, you could probably imagine that we were pretty full already. It was like a food marathon. All about the pacing. The entrees were ahead.

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I got the seafood special of the night–Oreganta-crusted orange roughy. Guys. This was AMAZING. I ate/shared a little more than 1/3 of it and took the rest home. (I just ate it for dinner and it made for a big meal still!)

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Mom’s filet mignon with mushroom sauce. “Like buttah,” says Dad. My mom will never order steak anywhere else.

Dad had a delicious panko-crusted baby lamb chop and Ben had some intense veal dish in a cream sauce. I’m definitely not a huge red meat fan, but I tried a bite of everyone’s and they were all fantastic.

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They brought complimentary scalloped potatoes. We ate about 3 slices of this and took the rest home. So full.

5) Capacity had basically been reached at this point. But how could you leave out dessert, right?!

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I got the peach melba (polished it off…I made sure to save room ;)) and Ben got the “#1 cheesecake in the county” as claimed in their menu. It was fluffier than traditional NY-style and less sweet.

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The birthday girl got a chocolate truffle cake, which was a hit around the table. And dad had Florida orange slices with Grand Marnier (prepared table side)!

Are you stuffed just looking at all of this?? I couldn’t think of food afterwards. It was so amazing, so fulfilling, and so worth the oompa-loompa feeling I had walking outta there. I was wearing a maxi dress and I told me family that I felt like I was in a maternity dress (hellooooo, food baby)! Bonus: we left with a solid 3 more meals of leftovers. *Thumbs up*

Well that’s enough food-photo-dump for ya today. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me: What was your most recent huge culinary experience? What have you been eating lately?