It’s almost a month in the spring semester and the dining room is getting old and boring. We’d love to make a gourmet meal, but it’s difficult to make something delicious with just a microwave. For those of us who live off campus, it may be difficult to find something healthy and tasty.
TikTok has come to the rescue once again with meals, including some who are dorm-friendly. From sweet treats to delicious dinners, here are nine TikTok food trends to try when everything else gets boring:
This first trend is super simple, but it can be filled with almost anything. For the perfect quesadilla, use a sharp knife to cut the tortilla in half on one side and fill each quadrant of the circle. Then fold in every corner and cook. You can use a panini pan, pan, or even a microwave at height for those who are still in the dorms. It’s an easy way to add more toppings to the tortilla and the combinations are endless.
The OG quarantine wasn’t complete without whipped coffee. Not only is the recipe simple, but you most likely have these ingredients all over the house. Take two teaspoons of ground coffee, sugar and hot water.
Mix in a bowl for three to five minutes until the mixture peaks. You can whisk by hand or use a hand mixer. Once the mixture is thick, transfer it to a glass with milk (I prefer almond milk for a sweeter taste) and ice.
Baked feta noodles
This next dish is a new trend but still worth all the wrath. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, combine the tomatoes, garlic, and ¼ cup of olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and toss to coat.
Then place the feta cheese in the middle of the bowl, pour the remaining olive oil over it and sprinkle red pepper flakes and a little black pepper over the entire bowl. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the garlic is softened and tomatoes have popped their peel.
In the meantime, cook your choice of pasta. Hold a cup of pasta water and let the pasta drain. Mash the feta and tomatoes with a fork and mix until well mixed. When the mixture looks a little dry, mix the sauce with pasta and add the reserved pasta water. Add basil leaves to serve and additional salt and pepper if needed. This recipe takes more effort, but it’s simple and worth it.
2 pints (17 ½ ounces) cherry or grape tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic, halved lengthways
½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 block (7 ounces) of Greek feta cheese
½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
12 ounce medium length dried pasta (I recommend Campanelle or Farfalle)
Fresh basil leaves
Another quarantine favorite, cloud bread, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also gluten-free. Combine three egg whites, two tablespoons of white sugar, and about a tablespoon of cornstarch, then beat well until the mixture is super flaky and thick.
Then transfer the mixture to a greased baking sheet and shape it into a hemispherical shape with a rubber spatula. Finally cook in the oven for about 25 minutes at 300 degrees. If you want to make your bread extra pretty, add food coloring to your mix for a heavenly snack.
For those late night food cravings, here’s a simple sweet treat that only requires a microwave. In a large mug, stir together softened butter and boiling water until the butter has melted. Stir in sugar, then cocoa powder and even rising flour until everything is well mixed.
Then press four squares of chocolate into the batter in the center of the mug. Heat in the microwave for a minute until the cake has risen.
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tbsp boiling water
¼ cup of powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
¼ cup self-raising flour
4 dark chocolate squares
This trend is one of the most famous and delicious. Cover your table with aluminum foil and pour in tortilla chips and melted cheese. The best part is that you can choose the ingredients.
Everything from taco meat, jalapeños and tomatoes, you can have your dish anyway. Even if you live in the dorms, you can still enjoy this trend by matching the aluminum foil to your desk or table.
Mochi ice cream
Another recipe for the dormitory, mochi ice cream, is a healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream. Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth, then cover and microwave for one minute.
Mix and microwave twice more for a minute. After that, place on a surface covered with corn or tapioca starch and press flat with your fingers. Cut the mixture and fill it with your favorite ice cream.
Black food coloring (optional)
½ cup of sweet rice flour
¼ cup of blueberry juice
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup of water
White Claw Slushies
For those of us who can legally drink, here is a recipe that requires few ingredients and almost no effort. Have some ice cream, a claw, vodka or rum, raspberries, and ginger ale.
Mix everything together until you have a frozen consistency. It’s a cute treat to remind you that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Gigi Hadid’s vodka paste
While the famous model recognizes this last recipe, it can still be cooked by anyone. Start cooking the garlic and shallots in olive oil until tender. Next, add tomato paste and cook.
Add cream and red pepper flakes. Stir and add salt and pepper, then remove from heat. Add your pasta, pasta water, and butter to the mixture. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted. Finally add parmesan and serve with parmesan and basil.
¼ cup of olive oil
Small clove of garlic
¼ cup of tomato paste
½ cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 lb of pasta
¼ cup of pasta water
1 tbsp butter
¼ cup parmesan cheese
Chopped basil (optional)