I just started college, which is going phenomenally. As far as eating goes, I've done an excellent job of balancing the dining hall with preparing things on my own. My school provides various meal plan options, and the one I felt was best-suited toward me was the block-120 plan. In a nutshell, I get 120 meals per semester, which basically translates to 1 or 2 meals a day. I can also feed guests from my plan, which comes in handy when my boyfriend stops in to visit and we're hungry.
My school has an incredible amount of options when it comes to eating healthy. There are fresh salad bars in each dining hall, complete with spinach, romaine, sunflower seeds, blue cheese, feta, tons of vegetables, and even hummus. Grass-fed beef is served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a selection of certified organic produce daily. There's also a great vegetarian bar. As far as good food goes, we're covered. However, I don't want to rely on my food plan...I want to assert some independence and also take advantage of the kitchen on the third floor of my dorm. Thus, I will be cooking for dinner once or twice a week. Lunch and breakfast I throw together daily. None of this Freshman 15 business for me.
(I have to walk 2 miles too and from class daily...so I don't see why that would be an issue in the first place. =P
Soon I'll also be writing for the university's paper. As a reporter I'm only allowed to stick to a certain topic, but I AM allowed to pitch stories with the editor's approval. I'm hoping to pitch a story about healthy dorm eating...and incorporate a few yummy recipes.
I'll keep you posted on the new recipes I try!