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I'm leaving for college in about a month, and need some simple vegan recipes that can be made in a dorm room using only a refrigerator, a small freezer, and a microwave. Any suggestions?
 

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If you can get a microwave rice cooker that would help you out so much! It's actually a plastic bowl with a lid that locks on with some holes to let the steam out. We use it all the time to make rice and to steam veggies. With rice, canned beans, steamed veggies and some spices, the possibilities are endless.<br><br><br><br>
Also, do you like hot cereals? Oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, etc. MMM! I could live on that stuff. Mix in fruit jam, nuts, ground flax, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, whatever!<br><br><br><br>
I have a book called Conveniently Vegan. It's full of simple recipes all made from prepackaged food. You may want to check it out.
 

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L-O or vegan?<br><br><br><br>
You can cook rice in the microwave. From gardenweb.com: In a covered microwave plastic container, what every amount of rice you use double the amount of water, for example, I use 1 cup Comet brown rice, and 2 cups water. I microwave for 30 minutes, watching the rice carefully due to the uncertainty of power.<br><br><br><br>
Then, mix it with canned beans (whatever kind you like) and, if you want, tomato sauce or salsa.<br><br><br><br>
If you're l-o, or if you like vegan cheese, you could also make pita pizzas. Take whole wheat pitas, smear them with tomato sauce, top with cheese and veggies and nuke for a minute or so.
 

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Btw, potatoes and sweet potatoes nuke in under 10 minutes.<br><br><br><br>
Also, you might try a google search of vegan recipe microwave. I found this on vegfamily.com:<br><br><br><br>
Chick Pea Bake<br><br>
Submitted by Lynne<br><br><br><br>
Ingredients:<br><br>
1 tablespoon margarine<br><br>
1 stalk celery, sliced<br><br>
dried dill, to taste<br><br>
coarsely ground pepper, to taste<br><br>
1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped<br><br>
water<br><br>
1/2 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)<br><br>
2-3 button mushrooms, chopped<br><br>
2 dessertspoons tahini (about 1 tablespoon)<br><br>
Directions:<br><br>
Melt margarine in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Microwave celery and herbs on high until soft. Stir in bell pepper and cook for few minutes on high. Add water, chick peas and mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes. Add tahini and cook for 1 minute. Serves 2-3 as a side dish.<br><br><br><br>
Comments:<br><br>
May add other seasonings. If too dry, add more water and half a vegetable stock cube. Good served with baked sweet potato.
 

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Without a hotplate, you're in a predicament. No rice or pasta. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
If you have a microwave in your lobby, you may be able to find a few things you can use it for.<br><br><br><br>
Looks like you're down to sandwiches, cereal, energy bars, crackers, chips, trail mixes, nuts, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Are you planning on having a meal plan?
 

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i would recommend that you take a look at <i>the garden of vegan</i> if at all possible.<br><br>
the book has a full chapter of dorm room, microwave-only meals, soups and desserts.
 

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Yeah I was also going to reccommend Garden of vegan. Also check out the meal plans at your college-mine had tons of vegan options...there were two veg restaurants on campus ( I know I'm pretty luck). I also took with me a rice cooker/steamer (that thing makes great rice...you can cook tofu in it, potatoes, veggies, and I have made pasta in it as well). You can make pasta in the microwave its just a bit more difficult. You have to boil the water first and add the pasta and keep heating it until the pasta cooks through-usually 4 mins or so. Its not the best thing but a fairly good alternative!
 

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Probably no toaster ovens allowed either, I presume. If you can have a toaster oven, the possiblilties are much greater. Little pizzas, veggie burgers, nachos (all w/o cheese, of course) baked stuffed tomatoes and peppers...<br><br><br><br>
You can eat a ton more salads with homemade dressings (vinegar based or fruit based), fruit salads, don't forget about guacamole...<br><br><br><br>
Can you have a blender? You can make tons of stuff with a blender.
 

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i have a mini-rice cooker (3 cups worth) then i can steam rice, veggies at the last 10 mins or so.<br><br><br><br>
stock up your<br><br>
freezer: meat analogues and frozen veggies<br><br>
refrigerator: opened soymilk, cheese<br><br>
canned goods: veggies, beans, baked beans, soups, chili, stewed tomato, salsa<br><br>
dry groceries: ramen, granola bars, cereals, aseptic-packaged soymilk, rice, oatmeal<br><br><br><br>
the possibilities are endless really - been there, done that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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Thanks for the ideas everybody. I'm going to University of Michigan, a pretty vegan-friendly place, so probably half my meals are taken care of by the meal plan. I'll definitely look into a rice cooker.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by krayfish</i><br><br><b>Thanks for the ideas everybody. I'm going to University of Michigan, a pretty vegan-friendly place, so probably half my meals are taken care of by the meal plan. I'll definitely look into a rice cooker.</b></div>
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U of M is pretty vegan friendly? I didn't know that...that's one of the colleges I'm looking into, awesome.<br><br><br><br>
Ditto to what everyone else says for food suggestions.
 

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Check it out:<br><br>
Parfaits<br><br>
mix silken tofu with a stick blender and a bit of soymilk, sweetener, vanilla and lemon extracts. Layer with vegan cereal and sliced fresh fruit and tofu yogurt. Yum.<br><br>
You can make hummus and eat that as sandwiches....<br><br>
PB and Jelly on wheat bread and a glass of soymilk is so good!<br><br>
Shannon
 
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