Here at school I prepare breakfast for myself in my dorm room, and the dining hall covers lunch and dinner. I have to admit this now: cooking in college is not that glamorous. Let’s just leave it at this: as of right now I will not be the campus’ next Julia Child, by any stretch of the imagination!
There are a number of superfluous hoops that one must jump through in order to succeed at cooking in a dorm room. The first and most obvious is the severe lack of appliances. I am lucky enough to have what they call a MicroFridge, and this handy little appliance is a very little refrigerator, stacked on top of a very, very, little freezer, stacked on top of a very, very, very little microwave. One can fit enough breakfast food for about a week at a time in the MicroFridge, which to say the least, makes it virtually impossible to buy in bulk.
Unlike my family’s kitchen, there is a severe lack of counter space in my dorm room. My desk is the only piece of furniture that resembles something of a countertop. But a physical space restriction is not an excuse to sacrifice on nutritional quality!!! Here are three of my favorite budget-friendly and nutritionally dense morning meals:
Cinnamon Infused Steel-Cut Oats
Combine 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats with 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for approximately three and a half minutes, shut the microwave off, allow time for cooling, and then add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the bowl. Mix the oats and the cinnamon together, and wait for five minutes. In terms of the amount of added sugars, the nutritional density in this meal is pretty sweet…in fact, because I do not add granulated sugar/honey/maple syrup/Agave nectar to the steel-cut oats, the sugar content in this breakfast totals approximately two grams. The cinnamon not only has a wonderful aroma, but also serves as a sugar substitute!
Yes…I outsource for these. I feel absolutely blessed to have a kitchen in the common area of my building! Anyway, in case you missed it, here is the link to a previously published blog post from a couple of years back with the recipe for baked eggs:
Baked eggs are perfect for crazy-busy mornings. They’re perfectly portable, and, with Easter in the not so distant future, fabulously festive as well. Always remember that eggs are a miracle food, and, one of the only food sources that provides us with much needed Vitamin D.
Greek Yogurt Paired With Mixed Berries
No more purchasing fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Not only do they spoil pretty instantaneously, they are expensive! I suggest purchasing a bag of frozen mixed berries. These frozen mixed berries require zero prep…they’re pre-washed, pre-sliced, and the stems are already off! Simply pour 1 cup of frozen berries into a bowl, and refrigerate them overnight. In the morning, spoon 3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt into the bowl and combine with the thawed berries. A word to the wise: this recipe is an awesome option for people who do not care for plain Greek yogurt. The thawed mixed berries mask the taste of the slightly sour, mostly tangy, plain Greek yogurt. And, once again, when I add these whole foods to the Greek yogurt (instead of chemical sweeteners, preservatives, and/or food additives,) I am minimizing my consumption of added sugars. (Remember, the sugar from the mixed berries is naturally occurring.)
So there you have it. My three favorite morning meals. I promise you…each of these recipes is a breakfast of champions!
What are your favorite budget-friendly and nutritionally dense morning meals? Are you planning on trying any of the above recipes? Please let me know!
Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,