25 Ways To Transform Your Favorite College Snacks Into Real Meals
College is a time to learn new things — especially when it comes to your food. Sure, you could slurp up that same boring bowl of ramen every single night, or you could check out these dorm room recipes that transform your favorite college snacks into real life meals you'll actually be excited to eat. This semester, don't settle. Take ingredients you already have — think Cheetos, mac and cheese, Sriracha, and toaster waffles — and turn them into culinary works of foodie art that will impress your entire floor.
Winter break is a glorious time for college students all across America. It’s a time filled with family bonding, BFF reunions, holiday cheer, marathon rounds of TV, copious amounts of eating, and much-needed relaxation. And let me just place an especially heavy emphasis on the “copious amounts of eating” part.
But, amazing as it is, we must remember that break is fleeting. And therefore, it should be appreciated and utilized to its full capacity. So after it ends and you are forced to return to the world of dining hall mystery meat and ramen galore, take full advantage of your dorm kitchen and make these comfort foods that have a college twist.
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Whether you use the regular, limon, jalapeño, or any other flavor of Cheetos, you’re bound to find that one perfect flavor to use with this recipe.
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Next time you need a quick snack or are feeling innovative after a night out, just throw in some pre-made queso with your mac and cheese and you’ve got yourself an original work of art.
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Mouthwatering Superbowl appetizer? Check. Recipe here.
4. Ramen Burger
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For when you’re feeling trendy and adventurous. Recipe here.
5. Turkey Chili
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Warm, delicious, and ready in only 20 minutes. Recipe here.
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Basically a taco inside of a vegetable. Recipe here.
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You can spread your Sriracha on top of your burger, or you can infuse it. Real Sriracha fans will do both with this recipe.
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So creamy and delicious no one will know it’s vegan. Recipe here.
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Crispy, gooey, spicy, and only four ingredients. You’ll want to break out the waffle iron and make this recipe ASAP.
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You’re gonna wanna bookmark this one. Recipe here.
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You’ll never make a microwave Hot Pocket again. Recipe here.
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Your mom won’t believe you’ve upgraded to this recipe.
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Goldfish and melted cheese. Double win. Recipe here.
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Have drunk brunch from the comfort of your own home. Recipe here.
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They’re hot, they’re sticky, they’re gooey, they’re good. If you don’t believe me, try this recipe for yourself.
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An appetizer guaranteed to impress. Recipe here.
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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Recipe here.
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Add some mashed potatoes, batter, and a little love, and what do you have? This recipe full of cheesy, greasy, bacon-y, potato-y goodness that your taste buds will be forever grateful for.
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What’s better than bacon? Bacon with literally anything else. Try this recipe next time you’re craving a classic PB&J.
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There’s no reason that waffles should be eaten exclusively at breakfast. Recipe here.
21. Waffle Pizza
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Nothing involving pizza is ever a bad idea. Recipe here.
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Show all your friends how cultured and sophisticated you are. Recipe here.
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Prepare for some cheese porn. Recipe here.
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So delicious you won’t even miss that second piece of bread. Recipe here.
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Honestly, you deserve these. Recipe here.
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Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about dessert: