It’s back to school time, which means you’ve gotta learn how to cook for yourself. Cooking single-serve recipes is the best way to keep your roomie from eating all your food (in addition to straight up hiding food from them…) and to avoid eating leftovers. Stay single, people.

1. Classic Pancakes

Photo by Agnes Chen

So good. So easy to make. So customizable. Recipe here.

2. Dark Chocolate Mug Cake

Dark chocolate is healthy, right? Make it here.

3. Microwaveable Rice Crispy Treat

Photo by Rebecca Block

All you need is cereal, marshmallows, butter, a mug, and a minute. Recipe here.

4. Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo by Palma Gubert

This recipe makes the chewiest, softest peanut butter cookie on Earth. If you’re not into chewy cookies, try substituting brown sugar for white sugar. Recipe here.

5. Banana Bread in a Mug

You don’t even need an oven for this. Recipe here.

6. Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

Photo by Alina Polishuk

For optimal taste, pair it with Netflix. Alone. When your roommate is out for the night. Recipe here.

7. Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Photo by Mikayla Baiocchi

You won’t even taste the avocado. Recipe here.

8. Italian Baked Eggs

Photo by Liz Tadie

It looks super difficult to make, but no one has to know that it only took five minutes. Recipe here.

9. Standard Salsa

Photo by Paavani Jain

If you want to add in more spice, add a little chopped jalapeño. Recipe here.

10. Avocado Toast

Photo by Phoebe Melnick

Okay, avocado toast might be a little basic, but it’s super easy and quick to make. Just be sure not to Instagram it. Recipe here.

11. Eggs Benedict

Photo by Jade Hsiao

Brunch on a school night, yippee! Recipe here.

12. 2-Ingredient Pancakes

Photo by Zoe Zaiss

Low carb for when you’re low on ingredients. Recipe here.

13. 3-Minute Oatmeal

Photo by Karina Rao

Use rolled oats and add honey instead of using the overpriced packets. Recipe here.

14. Breakfast Pizza

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Last night’s pizza just got better. Recipe here.

15. Margarita Matzah Pizza

Photo by Tara Botwinick

Even when it’s not Passover, you’ll be craving this. Recipe here.

16. 4-Minute Egg McMuffin

Photo by Karina Rao

Even though McDonald’s has all day breakfast, this DIY version is much healthier and cheaper to make. Learn how here.

17. Pizza Lunchables

Photo by Katherine Baker

The healthier and better tasting version of your childhood. Pair with some Dunkaroos and pack it for a field trip. Recipe here.

18. Spicy Honey-Glazed Mashed Potatoes & Breaded Chicken

Photo by Savannah Carter

Basically a portable Thanksgiving meal. Recipe here.

19. Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Photo by Maggie Gorman

This recipe is going to make your roommate drool. Top with ice cream for even more deliciousness. Recipe here.

20. Dark Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Popcorn

Photo by Alina Polishuk

All you need is a microwave. Recipe here. #StopBuyingPremadePopcorn2K15

21. Easy Vegan Caramel Apples with Walnuts and Chocolate

Photo by Maggie Gorman

Make your own caramel for added freshness and play with different topping combinations. You’ll never get tired of this. Recipe here.

22. Microwaveable Cornbread

Photo by Alex Weiner

Top with chili and you’re good to go. Recipe here.

23. Sriracha-Lime Shrimp and Garlic Cheese Grits In A Jar

Photo by Savannah Carter

Or you can bake your cornbread and make this amazing shrimp and grits in a jar. Recipe here.

24. Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Photo by Katya Simkhovich

This lava cake is easier than it seems. You can even use your toaster oven. Learn how here.

25. Apple, Goat Cheese and Honey Quesadilla

By Danny Schuleman

You can also make this in your dining hall. Recipe here.

26. No Bake Cake

Who knew cake mix and soda made just a great pairing? Here’s how.

27. Cuban-Style Turkey Avocado Panini

Photo by Hannah Cooper

Who needs to buy sandwiches when making them is so much easier? Whip it up like this.

28. Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Photo by Case Chun

Pumpkin spice. Cinnamon. Mugs. Fall is officially here. Recipe here.

29. Omelette in a Mug


Photo by Megan Prendergast

Breakfast real fast. Recipe here.

30. Wild Rice and Veggie Stuffed Pepper

Photo by Megan Prendergast

Eat out of the pepper so you don’t have to do dishes. Recipe here.

31. Caprese Chicken

Photo by Megan Prendergast

More proof that tomato, mozzarella and basil is the best flavor combination out there. Recipe here.

32. Grilled Peach and Ricotta Crostini

Photo by Hannah Cooper

This sweet and savory toast will replace your avocado toast obsession. Recipe here.

33. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Hash

All you need is tinfoil and a toaster oven. Recipe here.

34. Apricot, Goat Cheese and Almond Bites

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No bake. You don’t even need a microwave. Recipe here.

35. Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Photo by Paige Twombly

Guilt free. Recipe here.

36. S’mores Muffin

Photo by Jade Hsiao

It’s all about the toasted marshmallows. You’ll be begging for s’more. Recipe here.

37. Buddha Bowl

Photo by Hannah Cather

For when you’re tired of salad. Recipe here.

38. Sushi Burrito

Photo by Lily Lou

This recipe is super customizable, and you can use the veggies in your fridge.

39. Faux Shepherd’s Pie In A Mason Jar

Photo by Savannah Carter

This Shepherd’s pie in a jar is portable and great for eating when you’re in a rush. Recipe here.

40. Black Bean Dip and Chips

Photo by Kathryn Stouffer

Because no one asks for pinto beans when they go to Chipotle. Recipe here.

41. Portobello Pizza

Photo by Paige Twombly

Proof that portobello mushrooms can do anything. Recipe here.

42. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo by Sristi Pradhan

You can also buy candy melts to cover your strawberries with for added color. Recipe here.

43. Creamy “Honey Bear” Dip

Photo by Kathryn Stouffer

This light and creamy dip is great with apples, pears, and almost every other fruit. Recipe here.

44. Veggie Black Bean Burger

Photo by Megan Prendergast

This veggie burger doesn’t try to be a meat patty. Meat patties wish they were it. Recipe here.

45. Brûleéd Grapefruit

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

No torch or fancy cooking supplies necessary. Recipe here.

46. Overnight Oats

Photo by Gabby Phi

For when you want a cold, filling breakfast, but you’re too lazy and tired to make it in the morning. Recipe here.

47. Mac ‘n Cheese in A Mug

Photo by Megan Prendergast

Throw out that Easy Mac and orange cheese powder. Recipe here.

48. Couscous Greek Salad

Photo by Megan Prendergast

Can you believe that you can make this stuff in a mug? Recipe here.

49. Green Smoothie

Photo by Kathryn Stouffer

Finally look forward to eating your greens with this smoothie, which doesn’t taste like blended kale. Recipe here.

50. Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Photo by Giulianna Gadelha

Store overnight in the fridge and grab it in the morning. It’s basically guilt-free dessert for breakfast. Recipe here.

51. Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug

Photo by Megan Prendergast

It’s all about portion control. Recipe here.