Going to college is a great time to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life. You’re experiencing a whole new freedom that you didn’t have when you were living with your parents. Unfortunately, since you’re not living with them anymore, you lose a lot of the perks. For example, there’s no one to do your laundry for you, and forget about having your mom’s home cooking every night for dinner.
Dorm life isn’t exactly the best for cooking, especially since most freshman-year dorms don’t have kitchens. But if you do have access to a kitchen, there are a few foods that every college student should know how to make. So stock the mini-fridge and get ready to wow your friends with these basic, and totally delicious, recipes.
The Perfect Grilled Cheese
A grilled cheese sandwich is great for college cooking because it’s fast, it’s simple, and it can be dressed to impress if the occasion calls for it. Even students without a kitchen can make one of these in their dorm with a sandwich press.
Simple Roasted Vegetables
We know, in college it’s all about the pizza, but you have to remember your health. Roasting vegetables is a versatile way to incorporate some nutrients into your meals. Not to mention it’s simple, and you can use pretty much any vegetable you want.
No, we don’t mean out of the box. We are talking about making your own, homemade pancakes that are perfectly fluffy and hearty. They are a great sweet treat for a weekend breakfast, and easier than you might think. Plus, you could add some blueberries or chocolate chips (or both) for a really indulgent start to your day.
Your Own Salad Dressing
Store-bought salad dressings can often disappoint and a lot of the time they aren’t that great for you. Thankfully, salad dressing is incredibly easy to make and you can customize it to whatever flavor your heart desires. You could go spicy, sweet, or savory, but any way you choose, your salad will thank you for it.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sure it’s easy to buy a tube of Pillsbury and make cookies that way, but you should really know how to make them from scratch. Your friends will be impressed by your baking skills, and you can brag to everyone about how you made them yourself. Plus, they’ll probably be more delicious than the store-bought variety.