Living in dorm can lead to some rather lackluster meals. From instant ramen to anything else you can throw in a microwave, college meals are not the most exciting. If you need to spruce up your dorm meals, try these recipes.

Omelet in a mug



2 eggs 

½ bell pepper, diced 

2 slices of ham, diced  


¼ cup spinach, chopped  

Salt and pepper 


1. Mix all ingredients in a mug 

2. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through 

3. Enjoy!

Mug mac 'n' cheese 


½ cup pasta of choice  

½ cup of water

3 tablespoons of milk

Salt and pepper for taste  

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese 

Fresh chive and garnish by preference


1. Mix water, pasta and salt in a mug 

2. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir 

3. Add milk and cheese and stir (add salt and pepper if needed) 

4. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between

5. Enjoy! 

Chocolate chip cookie  


1 tablespoon butter 

1 tablespoon granulated sugar 

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 

3 drops of vanilla extract 

Pinch of salt 

1 egg yolk  

¼ cup of all purpose flour 

Chocolate chips  


1. Melt butter in microwave  

2. Add sugars, vanilla and salt, stir to combine 

3. Add in egg yolk 

4. Slowly add in flour and stir until all combined  

5. Add in desired amount of chocolate chips  

6. Cook for 40-60 seconds  

7. Enjoy! 

Spaghetti squash pasta 


1 spaghetti squash(produce)

Jar of favorite pasta sauce  


1.Cut squash in half and remove, seeds and guts  

2. Cook in microwave for 10-15 minutes  

3. Use a fork to shred the inside into a pasta like form 

4. Add desired amount of pasta sauce to a mug 

5. Microwave sauce for 1 minute  

6. Add sauce and squash to a bowl and enjoy! 

If you are unable to afford these recipes, the Promise House is always available to students. Otterbein is located near a plethora of food in Uptown as well! If you need to get away from the dorm food and the meal plans, head to uptown to grab a coffee at Java Central or head to Barrel and Boar for a pulled pork sandwich.