Dorm Room Dining

 All pictures provided by author Devin Banach

All pictures provided by author Devin Banach

By Devin Banach | Contributor

Because I’m a college student,” isn’t an excuse for a crappy diet. If you're anything like me, you will use any excuse to go home and chow down on mom’s super-amazing, life-giving, home-cooked meals. Also, over break your mom force fed you über healthy food, vitamins and all, to counteract the absolute garbage that you’ve been putting into your body over the course of the fall semester. Armed with plenty of veggies and vitamins, I’ve decided that this semester I won’t give in to, “I’m too tired and I’m too lazy and I’ll die if I exert any effort” mindset and actually make myself healthy, edible food. So, here are some new semester’s resolutions; four to be exact.

Tuna Rolls

Reason: “Because more things should be in the shape of a roll. Also, because every recipe thus far has been vegan, and sometimes, you just need something more.” 


  • Sushi
  • Rice Canned
  • Tuna Seaweed

Cooking Directions: Yes, you can make rice in the microwave. Combine 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water, and ½ tablespoon of salt in a microwave safe container. Microwave uncovered on high until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed (approximately 15 to 18 minutes). Set the rice on a sheet of seaweed and bust open a can of tuna. Put the desired amount of tuna on top of the rice that’s on top of the seaweed and then just roll it up. Et voilà!

Spiced Coffee

Reason: “Because I’m tired and because it’s cold.”


  • Coffee
  • Coconut milk
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Honey

Cooking Directions: Brew the coffee with 1/2 tablespoon of crushed red pepper (next time you get pizza, ask for extra), 1/2 tablespoon of cloves, and half of a cinnamon stick. Once the coffee has brewed, add a tablespoon or so of honey, and the desired amount of coconut milk. This is best to drink on a cold morning or a late night when you need a bit of a kick to get you going.

Chia Pudding

Reason: “Because I couldn’t be bothered to walk to the dining hall before noon.”


  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey
  • Fresh fruit & nuts (optional)

Cooking Directions: Combine 1/2 cup of chia seeds, a cup of coconut milk, and a tablespoon of honey into a container with a lid. Let it sit in your fridge overnight. In the morning, your chia pudding will be ready. If you want to be a little fancy, you can add some fresh fruit and nuts of your choice.

Avocado Toast

Reason: “Because we can’t have toasters, it’s more like Bread with Avocado Butter.”


  • 1 small avocado
  • 2 pieces of bread
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes

Cooking Directions: There are two different ways to prepare: 1. Slice the avocado and lay it artistically on the bread. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice on top and then sprinkle on some salt and red pepper flakes. 2. Combine the avocado, a bit of olive oil, and lemon juice in a bowl and mix. This will create avocado butter that you can spread on any flat surface you desire. You can then add the salt and red pepper flakes on top, if you want.