Easy Meals For College Students: Breakfast Edition

If you are living on campus at your school, especially in a dorm, the meal options can feel pretty limited.

…Sometimes you are in a rush and don’t have time to wait in line at the dining hall.

…Sometimes the food offered is not exactly appetizing.

…Sometimes you are just in a homework zone and do not want to leave your dorm.

In any case, it is best to have a few go-to meals that you can prepare in your dorm. Here are some examples of easy meals for college students that you can make quickly in your dorm:

Yogurt Parfait:

  • Appliance Necessary: Small Refrigerator
  • Ingredients: Yogurt and your preferred mix-ins.
  • Instructions: Parfaits are pretty simple to make according to your taste. I like to make mine with plain yogurt, granola cereal and blackberries. You can also try plain yogurt with cinnamon and flavored granola.  If you want to go a sweeter route, try strawberry flavored yogurt with strawberries and almonds.

Scrambled Eggs:

  • Appliances Necessary: Microwave and Small Refrigerator
  • Ingredients: Eggs, water, and your desired seasonings or mix-ins.
  • Instructions: Crack however many eggs you want into a bowl (make sure it is microwave safe!) Beat the eggs together with one tablespoon of water per egg and your desired seasonings. I keep mine pretty simple and just pinch in a little black pepper. If you want to mix it up a bit, try adding some cheese or fresh veggies. When you have everything all mixed together, microwave it on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stop to stir, then microwave again for 1 – 2 minutes. Cooking times vary depending on how many eggs you are making.

Trail Mix:

  • Appliance Necessary: NONE!
  • Ingredients: Various nuts and dried fruits.
  • Instructions: One of my most helpful on-the-go breakfast favorites is a bag of trail mix. I have a large container in my dorm (like one you would use to store dry cereal or flour in a large kitchen) and I have a ready-to-go homemade trail mix. For my trail-mix I use unsalted roasted almonds, unsalted roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Every time I make this sweet concoction I buy a large bag of each item, put them all in my large container and mix it up. Then I have a small scooper (you could use a half cup measure) that I keep in the container with a box of small snack bags next to it. If you wake up hungry five minutes before you have to go, this is a great way to make sure your stomach doesn’t rumble its way through class.

Baked Apple:

  • Appliance Necessary: Microwave
  • Ingredients: Apple and honey.
  • Instructions: First you have to decide if you want to peel the apple or not. Personally, I like the peel on but the recipe will work either way. Then, cut the apple into quarters and drizzle it with honey. Place the apple onto a microwave safe dish and microwave it on high for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. If you are feeling extra fancy sprinkle some cinnamon on top!


  • Appliance Necessary: Microwave
  • Ingredients: Oats, water, and desired seasonings.
  • Instructions: For basic oatmeal take 1 part dried oats to two parts water. I normally use one  cup of oats and two cups of water if I am making it for myself. Stir the two together for the best consistency, then place in the microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Keep and eye on it, if it starts to boil over then it is done. To make it more interesting add in some cinnamon, vanilla, dried fruit or nuts after you get it out of the microwave. Stir it all together one more time and enjoy!

These are only a few options of simple dorm room meals for college students. If you do not have your own microwave, look for one in the common area or lounge at your dorm. Most dorms will have one available.

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Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.