Campus Cooking Main Dish Recipes

Looking for dorm-room dinner recipes? Allrecipes has more than 190 trusted main dish recipes for college students, complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Breakfast Burritos de Frank

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An inspired breakfast treat! A jumble of my favorite foods (eggs, beans, cheese, salsa) make breakfast friendly!

Easy White Chicken Enchiladas

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This is a great 'guy' recipe, because you simply mix, assemble, top and bake; and it's a big hit on the table. It doesn't require lots of prep work, just a minimum of measuring of ingredients found in any grocery store. She will think you slaved all afternoon!

Fabulous Wet Burritos

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Very easy, yet very good wet burritos. I got this recipe from a friend, and everyone I serve them to asks for the recipe. Serve with guacamole, sour cream and salsa.

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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I came up with this recipe for my niece. I combined grilled cheese sandwiches with garlic bread. Its tasty, its quick and its the perfect appetizer for friends, family and unexpected guests. Use a firm white bread for best results.

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

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Portabello mushrooms, spinach, cheeses and penne combine to make a delicious casserole dish - perfect for family dinners or a party.
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Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

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This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Bread, butter and Cheddar cheese - here's a way to make this classic sandwich in a nonstick pan.

Easy Tuna Casserole

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Tuna, macaroni, creamy soup, cheese and fried onions are all you need to make this super easy tuna casserole that I learned from my roommate. It's great as leftovers, too.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

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This is a spicy, hearty sandwich that will please those who love buffalo chicken wings. This recipe is perfect for those days spent watching football. I like to top these with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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My husband and I were sick of frying grilled cheeses on the stove because you have so many pieces of bread to use, and you have to stand there for a long time if you feed up to six people like we do. So we came up with this idea.

Fried Egg Sandwich

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Great comfort food! You can use any type of bread or cheese that you want for this quick and easy breakfast. Serve with fruit and juice and/or milk for a full breakfast.

Rich Pasta for the Poor Kitchen

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A quick, simple pasta tossed with butter, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. A wonderful recipe to make when you don't feel like making a trip to the grocery store. I used what I had on hand and it worked like a charm! Add summer vine-ripened tomatoes for an extra dash of flavor!

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Guacamole is the star of this quick taco. You won't miss the meat one bit!

Hoisin Ginger Beef Skewers

A few ingredients combine for big flavor in this easy beef skewer recipe.

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Rating: Unrated

An old Mexican classic with a new twist. Anytime we have a potluck, I am asked to bring these. Can be made with chicken or beef.