Cooking your own food tends to be cheaper and healthier than buying prepared food, but cooking becomes complicated in the summer. Many student apartments do not have air conditioning, and using the oven or stovetop can heat up small kitchens quickly. To get around this problem, here is a collection of recipes for breakfast, dinner, dessert, and everything in between, requiring no heat.
The superhero of college breakfasts, overnight oats are cheap, easy, tasty, versatile, and quick. Check out the vast array of Spoon recipes here.
2. Yogurt Parfait
Although they are traditionally seen as breakfast foods or snacks, college students are 100% allowed to make a smoothie and call it dinner.
4. Black Bean and Mango Salad
This black bean and mango salad tastes like summer in a bowl and is a balanced meal, so you don’t have to feel guilty about spending only 10 minutes on dinner.
5. Tuna Tartare
One way to avoid cooking is being brave enough to eat raw fish. Try it out with this easy tuna tartare.
Turn your watermelon into a complete meal (by college standards) with some feta and fresh herbs. Instagram it to show everyone you’re classy af.
Using no heat and minimal dishes, this 3-ingredient tuna salad is the ideal college snack.
Get your daily greens (and cheese) in with this arugula parmesan salad.
9. Mason Jar Burrito Bowl
This Chipotle-esque mason jar burrito bowl can easily be made into a salad or actual burrito, no cooking required. Use chicken that’s already been cooked or leave it out for a completely heat-free meal.
Maximize your daily veggie intake with this refreshing chopped salad.
12. Waldorf Salad
All this Waldorf salad requires is chopping and mixing. Perfect for busy, hot days.
It’s like a smoothie but vegetables. Keep your cool with this blended soup.
15. “Raw” Pad Thai
It’s a lot of slicing and dicing, but this “raw” Pad Thai recipe involves zero heat.
Hummus is way more than just a dip. Sure, you can eat it with vegetables and chips, but you can also put it on sandwiches, wraps, and salads for a yummy protein boost. Basic recipe here.
If you’re entertaining or just feeling bougie, throw together some of this smoked salmon dip in no time flat.
20. Banana Ice Cream
21. Mango Ice Cream
If you’re not a huge fan of bananas, try this homemade mango ice cream instead.