Today was very exciting for us. Dorm Room Delights was featured in this article in The Amherst Student, our student run newspaper here at Amherst! To celebrate, we've done some serious planning and have thought up some great new recipes for you.
We also took a look through our past recipes, and realized that there are quite a few variations of a simple concept: pasta with vegetables. Believe it or not , there is a very logical reason for this repetition. Noodles and vegetables can be combined in many versatile ways to create filling and healthy meals that don't require meat (which we cannot feasibly cook using our kettle.)
To demonstrate the potential of these pasta dishes, we made satisfying noodle stir fry with a light lemon sauce. After experimenting with many different types of noodles (macaroni, pasta, and ramen), we decided to use ramen noodels as the best base for this recipe. The noodles perfectly soaked up the lemon sauce, while freshly steamed veggies (which we foraged from our salad bar) provided a great textural contrast. All in all, this dish is a winner, and is a prime example of a wonderful meal that can be made in your dorm.
For lemon sauce:
1 chicken bullion cube*
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
For stir fry:
1 package ramen noodles
1/2 cup raw broccoli (f)
1/4 cup sliced carrots (f)
1/4 cup snow peas (f)
1. Boil a large amount of water in kettle. Use some of the water to cook ramen noodles using our ramen method, and save some water for sauce.
While ramen is cooking:
1. Dissolve bullion in 2/3 cup boiling water
2. When cube is dissolved, pour off half of chicken broth
3. Add lemon juice, sugar, and soy sauce to the broth. Stir over double boiler to heat sauce.
4. Remove sauce from heat, and mix with drained ramen noodles (they should be done cooking by this point)
5. Steam veggies and add to noodles
*We have many bullion cubes because they are a great base for chicken soup. If you don't want to buy a box of bullion, you can use the chicken flavor packet that comes with chicken ramen noodles.