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THINK OUTSIDE THE MINI FRIDGE

Unique Recipes That Utilize Typical “College” Foods

We’ve all heard the stereotypes about “college foods.” From late night Big Mac runs to Ramen noodles in your dorm room, these items become the staples of our four years as undergrads, as much as we try to deny it. By senior year, you may be so sick of canned soup and granola bars that you never want to see them again. But, these recipes will make you reconsider how you view the foods you once survived on.

A jar of peanut butter goes a long way. You can throw it under your desk and whip it out whenever you need a tasty topping on crackers, pretzels, celery, and pretty much anything else you can think of. However, the delicious spread can be used in many other ways than its conventional use.

Spread the smooth stuff in between your French toast and drizzle it with chocolate for the ultimate sweet breakfast treat. Slather it between bread, Nutella and bananas and fry it for a twist on grilled cheese. You can even use this concept in a quesadilla form using bananas or strawberries with peanut butter and chocolate.

For a more savory meal, incorporate peanut sauce into an Asian noodle dish or drizzle it on chicken lettuce wraps.

Ramen noodles don’t only belong in the microwave. They may have been your go-to for all night study sessions, but now you can see them in a whole new light as hamburger buns. Cook the noodles without the seasoning, drain them, and break them up into four sections. Place them in lightly greased ramekins to mold them and refrigerate. When ready, take the patties out and fry them to a golden brown. Then, place your burger in between and add any desired toppings.

The Ramen noodle bun will serve as a crispy and crunchy version of the snack you have probably eaten from the styrofoam cup. You can also cook the noodles and mix them with flour, vegetables, seasoning packet, and beaten eggs. Take scoops of the mixture and place them in a pan with oil to fry up noodle pancakes. This can be served with peanut or soy sauce for extra flavor.

Britt Hendrickson, a senior anthropology education major, said, “I didn’t even know Ramen noodle buns were a thing. It sounds very interesting.”

Canned soup has many possibilities past the bowl. For a Mexican casserole mix shredded chicken with Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup, sour cream, tomatoes, beans, and taco seasoning. Layer a casserole dish with the mix and place crushed tortilla chips and cheddar cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered to create a quick and tasty dinner.

You can even make the popular Chicken Cordon Bleu dish with the help of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup. Just mix the soup with white wine, shredded Swiss cheese, and cooked ham to create a sauce for chicken breasts.

We have all eaten cereal straight from the box, but there are better options. Layer your favorite cereal with yogurt and fruit for an instant breakfast parfait. You can also use pudding for a quick dessert.

Speaking of pudding, many of us have probably eaten the pre-packaged containers when we were in the mood for something sweet. However, a healthier option of the classic treat is easy to make.

SC 100 Coordinator Merrily Ervin teaches a cooking class at the University. She said, “I like to use tofu, instead of milk thickened with starch, to make chocolate pudding.  This is quick and easy, no cooking involved.  Just combine a pound of tofu, ¾ cup sugar and 8 ounces of melted semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour into serving cups and chill for a couple of hours.  You can add other flavorings such as cinnamon, cayenne, vanilla, even a banana!”

Who knew pizza could be made from cereal? Use crushed Rice Chex, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and egg to make a firm mixture. Spread this on a pizza pan and bake for twelve minutes. Voila! You have a dessert pizza crust. Add marshmallows and bake for an additional five minutes. Then, add your favorites like chocolate chips and fruit and cut the creation into slices.

How many boxes of macaroni and cheese have you consumed in the past four years? It is a delicious and simple way to feel full, but it gets boring after a while. By adding a few ingredients, you can create a tastier dinner. Kraft suggests a Mac N’ Cheese Pie that adds broccoli and ham to the meal. Boil the macaroni and mix in broccoli until both are cooked. In a bowl, beat four eggs and mix in the cheese sauce. Add the macaroni, broccoli and chopped ham to the mixture. Put all of the ingredients in a pie plate and top with additional cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, cut into slices, and serve for a twist to your favorite late night snack.

You may be sick of the foods you have eaten for years in college, but Ramen noodles, canned soup, and other go-to items can be used in a completely different way. With a little bit of creativity and a few added ingredients, you can make delicious meals that won’t remind you of those late nights in the dorms at all.

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