It may have been a few years since I was in college, but I do not believe that times have changed that much! Dorm rooms are still small, and there isn’t a lot of space to create your ideal kitchen. But, there’s good news: that microwave and refrigerator that you have can produce three square meals a day, if you know how to use them!
There are a lot of options for breakfast, some of which don’t require a refrigerator at all. Get yourself a loaf of bread, and spread some peanut butter on a slice or two. Pick up a box of granola bars or pop tarts. Heck, cereal can be eaten with or without milk, in my opinion! But, a half gallon of milk should fit in that mini-fridge of yours. You can buy a box of instant oatmeal packets that can be made in your microwave, or you could even buy a can of old-fashioned oats. The milk will come in handy for that, too! There’s no need to keep a sack of sugar around when a bottle of agave nectar will do the trick (and is arguably better for you). Bacon can be cooked in the microwave and can double for a BLT sandwich for lunch, as well.
Let’s say you purchased that loaf of bread that we were talking about earlier. Now all you need is some lunch meat. Keep in mind that cans of tuna/chicken breast are non-perishable, so no refrigeration needed for those. Also, mustard can be kept out on the shelf once opened. Do you like lettuce on your sandwiches? A bag of prepared salad mix will serve two functions: use it on your sandwich and use it later for dinner. Pick up a bag of your favorite chips and a bag of apples, and you’re all set!
Without the ability to cook meat on a grill or stove, you still have some great options for dinner. Any type of pasta can be cooked in the microwave. Baked potatoes are another microwaveble option. Keep a tub of spreadable butter on hand in the fridge (or sour cream). The salad mix that you used as a topping for lunch can now be eaten as an entree. Throw some baby carrots on there, with a few slices of tomato, and it’s a party! Add a little of your luncheon meat on that salad for protein! All it needs now is a little dressing, and that is available in small bottles that will fit easily in your fridge.
More often than not, you will be able to store food items on a shelf in your room, which leaves plenty of space in the fridge for the important stuff. I’m not suggesting that you eat every meal in your dorm room. However, there is a lot that you can do with the few appliances that you are allowed. Don’t hesitate to make the most of it!