Punxsutawney Phil may not have seen his shadow, but that doesn’t mean it’s warm and sunny outside. If you’re looking for ways to eat without leaving the comfort of your room, we’ve got you covered with a few easy, dorm-friendly meals.

While there are 101 articles about using microwaves to their maximum abilities in dorms, many of them require fresh ingredients, which you’re unlikely to keep stocked in your mini fridge. The meals I’ve covered are either substitution-friendly or only require a few ingredients.


Eggs are warm, protein-packed, and can be enjoyed at any time of day. Microwaving an egg in its shell is entertaining but won’t turn out well for you. Microwaving scrambled eggs, on the other hand, is simple and delicious. All you need is egg, salt and pepper, and maybe some cheese.

If you want to get fancy, add other seasonings and fresh ingredients to make quiche, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, or these microwave creations.


Nachos make a good lunch, dinner, or snack and can be customized based on what you have in your fridge. The essential ingredients are tortilla chips and cheese. Add some protein (refried beans, leftover hamburger, taco meat, chicken, or tofu) and salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or anything else you have on hand for flavor.

To mix up your nacho game, try these 50 nacho variations from Food Network.

Mac & Cheese

The simplest way to make mac & cheese in your room is to use just-add-water packets (or cups) from your favorite brand. Alternatively, you can use whatever pasta and cheese you have (even Ramen!).

Experiment by adding ham, bacon, veggies, tomato soup, or other additions for a more complex flavor.


Speaking of ramen, this cheap staple can form the base of a wide variety of dishes. Add eggs, meat, vegetables, cheese, and condiments to create a ramen version of your favorite meal.


Oatmeal is another fabulous base. It’s good by itself and comes in single-serving, flavored packets. Additionally, leftover dried or frozen fruit, yogurt, honey, syrup, and spices can all be added to increase flavor.

Real Simple has some great oatmeal combinations for you to try.


Using leftovers, dorm staples, and whatever other food you keep in your room, it is possible to make a meal that is both nourishing and tasty — and it will save you a trip outdoors.