When moving out on your own for the first time, whether it’s a new town or college campus, we all have the same struggle: finding something good to eat on a tight budget with limited supplies. If you’re moving into a dorm room you’re often left to choose between mediocre cafeteria food or something you can work up using just your fridge and microwave. But not everything you put in the microwave has to be bland, boring and basic. We’re going to show you the easy and affordable way to amp up the flavor to your microwave meals and snacks.
We took 3 staple college meals: ramen noodles, easy mac, and microwave popcorn and created easy 1-step dishes.
Cozy Curry Ramen
- Ramen packet
- Curry Row Seasoning
Our Curry Row blend has a well balanced mix of turmeric, coriander, cumin seed, and a few other spices; this gives it a warm and aromatic flavor that is perfect for a soup or broth during the cold winter months. An added bonus is that it’s SALT FREE, this is great for those who are salt sensitive or if seasoning an already salty dish (such as microwave ramen noodles).
For this recipe cook the ramen as directed and in the meat flavor packet, we prefer the chicken flavor but any will do. Once that’s all mixed up sprinkle in the curry seasoning, we used a pretty heavy hand with ours because we love curry but you can add as much or little as you like ( start with a teaspoon) Once it’s mixed to your liking– its ready to eat! Normally we would add a few of our own toppings to it like a poached egg or chopped parsley, but we want to keep this short and simple using minimum ingredients.
Garlic & Pepper Easy Mac
- Mac and Cheese cup
- Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is a great table blend that goes with just about everything you cook when you need a little salt and extra layer of flavor. It was created as a seafood seasoning, it has salt, pepper, garlic, onion, lemon peel, and a few other spices. This blend is going to be your bff on everything.
Cook the mac n cheese as directed and stir in the cheese packet, once it’s ready sprinkle in a little Fisherman’s Wharf, a little goes a long way. For our mac and cheese recipe, we want to keep the same cheesy goodness and just bring out the flavor of it more. That’s why this blend is so universal because it is going to amplify the flavors that are already present in the dish and without changing it completely.
Spicy Sriracha Popcorn
For this hack you can do it a few different ways, you can use pre-popped and bagged popcorn, microwave popcorn, or popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag. If you are using microwave or pre-popped popcorn make sure you have either plain or the lightly-salted and lightly-buttered kind, you want a relatively blank flavor canvas so the sriracha spice can really shine. If your using microwave popcorn cook as instructed, but we found this really cool trick for microwaving popcorn kernels in a brown lunch bag
The whole office was amazed that this actually worked!
To do this you’ll need a standard paper lunch bags, our White Gold Popcorn Kernels, and our Sizzlin’ Sriracha Popcorn Seasoning. Measure out ¼ cup of popcorn kernels and put into the bag, fold the top of the bag over (we did a double fold just to make sure nothing was going to pop out) and microwave it for just over 2 minutes or until 3 seconds in between pops.
Once you have your popped popcorn, open up the bag and sprinkle on our Sizzlin’ Sriracha popcorn seasonings. This seasoning is all chili pepper, spice, and everything nice, it does pack some heat though so if spicy isn’t your thing we have other popcorn seasonings you can try. A couple of our top sellers: White Cheddar, Kettle Corn, and Carmel Corn. If you are using the brown bag method, because there is no oil or butter the seasoning might have a harder time sticking to the kernels. An easy solution to this is a light spray of cooking oil sprinkle in the seasoning and shake up the bag.
Culinary Wingman Tip: add chocolate chips to the Sriracha popcorn to make a Mexican Hot Chocolate style mix, a great blend of spicy and sweet!