Hi HAPPYWAGON (love your SP name!). It is for sure a big challenge to have a vegan diet in the dorms, but one that can be done! You are doing yourself a huge favor by trying!
My first big suggestion is to invest in a mini-fridge if you have the space and money. I had one in college - cost about 300 dollars I think, and it was a huge help! You don't absolutely need one if you keep your room cool enough that veggies, etc won't go bad before you eat them, and you can eat hummus, tofu (etc...) fast enough (in a couple days) that they don't go bad. but it would be SO helpful to keep leftovers cool and keep soymilk good, etc.
Second advice: buy one of these (I use a different brand, but same idea): housewares.about.com/b/2012/06/22/orka-mic
I DON'T live in a dorm, and I still microwave my whole grains. Super easy. You can also steam veggies in that thing. I also use it to pop popcorn in the microwave (off-label use, but it is so handy to pop popcorn without oil and without all the chemicals and dairy products in the boxed microwave popcorn).
-oatmeal with soy milk and cinnamon and raisins for breakfast (microwave ready).
-Wraps with fresh veggies and beans (I LOVE wraps with canned black beans, canned corn, and salsa - started eating those in college),
-sandwiches with nut butter,
-sandwiches with hummus and veggies,
-you can buy pre-cooked tofu (smoked or baked tofu) that is good to slice and put on sandwiches
and every college student's favorite: EATING OUT!
- pizza without cheese (ask if there is dairy in the crust, but i find 95% of the time there is not)
- fresh salads in any restaurant
- chinese/indian/japanese/italian restaurants typically have vegan options
- ask waitresses lots of questions and don't be afraid to (politely) ask for substitutions!
- find vegan restaurants in your area: www.happycow.net/
Do you have a vegan/vegetarian club on campus? If not, can you start one??? Talk to your Dining Services manager to see if they can start having a vegan option in the cafeteria (maybe offer to help them research, and/or plan some menus), ask them to list the ingredients for their sauces and dishes so you can identify vegan-friendly options. Ask the servers if they can adapt some things for you. Make your voice heard, or ideally make many voices heard (get a group together!).
Edited by: KELLY122581 at: 2/12/2013 (02:50)
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