College Series: Simple recipes to make transition easier


Graphic by Austin Banzon.

Emma Cummins, Executive Editorial Page Editor

As seniors head off to college this summer, one of the most bothersome changes may be the lack of meals made by our parents. In order to make this transition smoother, I have included a few starter recipes to make if you are feeling the hunger pains late at night.


Since big colleges often have a few amenities that smaller colleges do not, these recipes may apply more to students who are going to the University of Texas or Texas A&M:


Ramen 2.0


This is my own take on the go-to college meal. If you like, you can add your own twists such as bacon (if you are feeling like you need to treat yourself) to spice up the recipe. One tip: this meal does not keep, so only make what you will eat the same night.



1 packs of Ramen

8 oz bottle of soy sauce

3 eggs

2-3 strips of bacon (optional)



  1. Cook ramen according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Drain the ramen in a colander (if you do not have a colander a plastic bag with a few holes poked in on the side may do the trick)
  3. Cook scrambled eggs
  4. Cook bacon to desired crispiness
  5. Combine bacon, eggs and ramen into bowl. Add 4 or 5 dashes of soy sauce. If you want your meal to be extra rich, add more soy sauce.
  6. Enjoy!


Grilled Cheese + Turkey, Bacon


Whenever I go to work after school, my coworker would always make this for me. I added a twist of my own, to add a little more protein. This recipe is great for anyone who needs a quick meal with protein.



2 pieces of white Bread

2 slices of mozzarella

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded turkey

2-3 pieces of bacon (optional)




  1. Spread butter over the sides of bread that will be put on the grill
  2. Place mozzarella slices on both pieces of bread
  3. Put the shredded turkey on one side of the bread and add cheddar cheese
  4. Cook bacon. Add bacon to the sandwich.
  5. Place sandwich on a greased skittle. Cook both sides for about 2-3 minutes until crispy brown.
  6. Slice sandwich into 2 triangles
  7. Share with friends!


For students going to smaller colleges:


If you are unable to use a stovetop, but still want to have food reserves in your dorm room in case the cafeteria is closed, these are two recipes that can keep you going until the cafeteria doors welcome you once again.


Trail Mix



¼ cup of chocolate chips

1 cup almonds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup dried cranberries



  1. Mix together ingredients in a plastic bag. Enjoy!


Last but not least, my mom’s version of overnight oatmeal is a protein filled, healthy option for students who may not want the normal carb-filled breakfasts served in cafeterias.


Overnight Oatmeal



Chia Seeds

Steel Cut-Oatmeal


Dried cranberries

Almond Milk (as needed)

1 Mason jar

Honey (optional)

Cinnamon (optional)



  1. Cover the bottom of the Mason jar with about ¼ cup of steel cut oats.
  2. To make the second layer, put about a handful of chia seeds on top.
  3. For the third layer, a handful of dried cranberries.
  4. Add another layer of steel cut oats.
  5. Repeat this process until the Mason jar is almost full.
  6. Mix dry ingredients.
  7. Fill jar with almond milk until the entire mixture is covered. Be careful, if you add too much almond milk it will be soggy by the morning.
  8. Place lid on jar and place it in the refrigerator.
  9. In the morning, open the jar and take 3 or 4 scoops, ensuring that you get all parts of the mixture. Top with honey, cinnamon or raspberries if you want a little sweetness!