Veganism while in college?
Posted by rebeckah41319 at 07/22/2013
I am an entering freshman in college, and have been working on making the transition into veganism over this summer. However, the university I will be attending only allows a microwave, blender, and a mini-fridge in the dorm rooms. (That means no crock pot, George Foreman grill, hot plate, etc.)
As a result, I am concerned about what to eat while there. Does anyone have suggestions on what to buy/stock up on food-wise, as well as simple recipes that could be made with minimal appliances and limited time?
Thanks in advance.
1. Do a good walk-through in your dining facility to find out what's vegan there. You may even want to meet for a few minutes with the kitchen supervisor to discuss options and make suggestions.
2. Keep a good list of packaged vegan foods (PETA has a good cheat-sheet for "accidentally vegan" foods) that you can refer to when shopping. Don't limit yourself to health food stores, either--regular grocery stores are much less expensive and have lots of options. Try Progresso lentil soup and Barilla Whole Wheat Penne with Tomato-Basil sauce (it's in the non-refrigerated packaged meals).
3. Peanut butter and jelly are your friends.
4. Look for friendly restaurants around campus--there are bound to be some. It's easy to get a vegan meal at Taco Bell, and they're open all night.
5. Learn how to make your favorite foods in the microwave. Oatmeal is an easy one. Tofu scramble can be mixed up and kept in a jar, then microwaved one portion at a time. Veggie burgers microwave nicely. A package of frozen veggies and a package of microwave rice make a nice meal together. A can of vegetarian refried beans with a package of fresh veggies and tortillas make a batch of tacos.
If your dorm has a communal kitchen, you could make a big pot of food one day and keep the leftovers in jars to warm up and eat. You can make a lot of wonderful smoothies in your room. You can keep snacks like almonds and wheat thins that don't need to be cooked. It will be challenging, but you'll get the hang of it really fast and making vegan food in your dorm will become second nature. Really, you'll be surprised how fast you get used to your new setup. But make sure that when you cook at someone else's house, that you clean up after yourself really well. That way, you'll be invited back again the next time.