An easy and tasty potato soup recipe for college students, you can make this in the dorm!
I often wondered why college students would bother cooking in their dorms. It seems so inconvenient, especially compared to a meal plan. In a dorm there are appliance restrictions, limited space and amenities such as a kitchen sink and dishwasher. With a meal plan a quick trip through the line and you have dinner right in front of you and no dishes…BONUS!
But as it turns out, there are many reasons why students cook in their dorms. The most common reason is money.
Meal plans vary in price depending on how many meals you buy, either one, two or three meals per day. If you are used to eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch, buying a 3 per day meal plan is not very cost effective.
Another reason is healthy eating habits. An all you can eat option at breakfast can change a students diet from a bowl of cheerios to bacon, eggs, hash browns, pancakes and toast, everyday…think Freshman 15! Eating two meals per day from your dorm room can really ward off the extra weight that comes with the Freshman experience. Things like PB&J, cereal and fruit is affordable and a lot less calories than the breakfast grand slam.
Some students just get tired of eating in a cafeteria 3 times per day, 7 days per week for 9 months. I get it, I would too. I’ve learned all of this not from my own experience, I was a commuter student, but from my daughter who has entered her Junior year in college. She has become a sort of whiz at dorm cooking. She also know all the rules associated with living in a dorm such as allowed appliances and knife sizes, yep. There’s probably a size limit on knives in most college campuses, better to check first.
One of our projects together during this holiday season is to convert some of her favorite meals from home into dorm-friendly meals. First up is my Dad’s Potato Soup Recipe, a good one to start since it’s easy, tasty and only one pot, a rice cooker pot that is. This makes for an easy peasy clean up. Bonus, she gets a little comfort food from home when she wants it.
A rice cooker acts like a crockpot but boils instead of simmers, at least mine does. It’s important to add any milk ingredients in the end, otherwise the soup likes to boil over. Rice cookers have self timers on them so they shut off after a certain amount of time so keep that in mind when experimenting with them. The ingredients I have used can easily be found in an average supermarket in any city near a college campus. I used Better Than Bouillon because it’s my favorite soup base but there are other soup bases out there. Find your favorite and experiment. I’m not a huge fan of dried bouillon, the quality isn’t quite there. If you have a favorite, leave a comment, I would like to try new soup bases.
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