The eating patterns of a college student stereotypically includes eating loads of ramen noodles, Easy Mac, and anything that can be made in a microwave. However, the internet is also full of do-it-yourself (DIY) food recipes that can be done right in your dorm room with little ingredients, but with better health benefits.
Sophomore, Eric O’Neal says, “sometimes I get sick of the food in the cafeteria, but don’t feel like going off campus and spending money.” He has read up on some food in a mug recipe, which students can make easily without the use of kitchen appliances. O’Neal loves desserts, and he shared that one of his favorite recipes is “Brownie in a Mug.” For this recipe he uses, ¼ cup of flour, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 tbsp. of natural, unsweetened cocoa, a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, ¼ cup water, 2 tbsp. canola or vegetable oil, and 1 drop of vanilla extract. For an extra treat, he adds a scoop of ice cream. Mix all of the dry ingredients with a fork or spoon to mix and break up any clumps. Then, add the oil, water, and vanilla to the mixture until it is smooth, microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds, let cool and then enjoy!
For those running short on time, there is a plethora of food items that can be made in the comfort of your dorm room. A favorite among roommates Andrew English and Korey Serna is an “Omelet in a Mug.” This recipe calls for 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 green onion chopped, 1 teaspoon of parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. In a mug, add the eggs and whisk them together with a fork, add your dry ingredients, microwave for one minute, stir, and then microwave for another 45 to 60 seconds. Although, this recipe is vegetarian, other ingredients can be substituted or added like bacon, cheese, and/or other vegetables.
Pizza lovers can also indulge in a pizza in a mug recipe! This makes for an easy dinner or late night snack and is one of sophomore, De’Era Brown’s favorites! She uses 4 tbsp. all purpose flour, 1/8 tsp. baking powder, 3 tsp. baking soda, 4 tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. milk, 5 tbsp. milk, 6 tbsp. olive oil, 7 tbsp. marinara sauce, two handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese, a handful of mini pepperoni, and ½ tsp. dried Italian herbs. Then, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mug, add in the milk and oil, then add the marinara sauce, and spread it around the bottom of the mug, sprinkle with cheese, pepperoni, and dried herbs, and microwave for 1 minute, until the flour rises. Then enjoy right away!