Ryan Chartrand

Just because you’re a new student doesn’t mean you have to be confined to boxes of Easy Mac and expired bags of popcorn. A spin of creativity can turn any typical dorm room snack into a tasty (and quick) bite to eat.

Not-So-Common Ramen Salad
 1 package Top Ramen (your favorite!)
 4 cups spinach leaves, torn
 3/4 cups cooked and diced chicken (found in grocery store’s deli section)
 1/2 cup grapes, halved
 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
 1/4 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
?1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
?1/4 cup bottled vinaigrette dressing

Cook noodles according to package directions, but do not add flavor packets. Drain, cool, and cut noodles up slightly. Combine with other salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing just before eating.
Popcorn Trail Mix
1 bag popped popcorn
« cup raisins
« cup banana chips
« cup chocolate chips
« cup peanuts

Combine all ingredients. Store in sealed container or plastic Ziploc bag to keep fresh. Be creative when you hit the grocery store aisles to find your own additional trail mix favorites.

Toppers for Your Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bowl of Oatmeal
As a freshman, you’ll find that anything easily microwavable, like oatmeal, is an instant success. But try these toppings to add more flavor to your next bowl.
 Diced dried apricots and honey
 Coarsely chopped apples and brown sugar
?Bananas and maple syrup
 Semisweet chocolate chips
?Strawberry jam

Rancer’s Recipes are available online at www.mustangdaily.net.

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