I am right proud that my own baby sister is looking for some better food than cafeteria slop. I know, being in a dorm room, you are very limited on space and have rules on cooking appliances. Not to mention the broke, tiresome lifestyle of a college student. I gotta say that eating well is going to require big effort. Why do you think everyone eats at the campus cafeteria? It’s not because the food is outstanding, or that they love the extra pounds they gain each semester.
Wasn’t life grand back when you came home hungry, peeked into the fridge and pulled out a container of Mom’s chili for dinner? The reality of being an adult is that you are going to be responsible for fixing your own chili from here on out. Sad? Kind of, but it puts you in the position to make healthier, tastier chili too.
Your first assignment is cheese. Good quality would mean you are looking for ingredients like whole milk, cultures, salt and rennet not skim milk, emulsifiers such as sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate, anti caking agents such as cellulose powder (which means you’ll need to grate your own) and calcium sulfate and coloring (cheese is not orange). The best quality would be raw and made with pastured milk. Try the farmers market near you or a bus trip to Trader’s Joes will have you covered.
The right cheese adds great nutrition and substance to a meal or snack. The texture gives interest to keep things tasty and the fat is important for vitamin absorption. Eat with fruit, melt on vegetables, a slice of bread, rice or noodles.