Want to cook in your dorm? While hot plates and toaster ovens are usually big no-no's, some colleges will still allow these small George Foreman grills! Check your rules and regulations, because then you can make snacks like these:
Here are a few ways we use our Foreman grill that would be especially good for quick meals between classes:
• Paninis - Almost any sandwich is better pressed and toasted! Our favorite is avocado, tomato, and mozzarella!
• Grilled Chicken Breast - Shredded grilled chicken makes a great filler for ramen noodles and green salads. Works with steaks, pork chops, and veggie burgers, too.
• Grilled Vegetables - Try brushing veggies like eggplant and zucchini with some olive oil, sprinkling on some herbs, and then grilling them for a few minutes. Layer them in a pita pocket, and you have a great meal to go.
• Grilled Fruit - Why not?! Slice some apples, peaches, or other fruit very thinly, then grill them until they're warm and have grill marks. Sprinkle on some brown sugar for a tasty treat!
The smaller Foreman grills are relatively inexpensive (in the $30 range), and if you don't have access to a full kitchen, we recommend investing in one. They're easy to use and to clean, and they don't take up a lot of storage space in the kitchen. The fact that the food is cooked from both above and below ensures even cooking, and we actually prefer it for cooking thinner cuts of meat, which we have a tendency to dry out and overcook on the stove top.
If you can't find one in your price range, keep your eyes open at garage sales and Goodwill stores. Our own grill is a hand-me-down from another family member and still works perfectly after goodness knows how many years.
Do you have a George Foreman grill? What kinds of quick meals do you make?
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