Simple dishes made with dining dollars

For those with meal plans, Dining Dollars are the sets of currency trapped inside your student ID, often overlooked in favor of meal swipes or debit cards. While they may be useful for buying extra smoothies or frappucinos, Dining Dollars can also be used to buy groceries. Sidestein Market, which just opened this year, offers a large variety of grocery items, as well as the markets located in Third North and other residence halls. Here are three recipes that are quick and use ingredients that can all be purchased with Dining Dollars.

Cinnamon Strawberry

Pancakes (Serves Three)


1 cup Bisquick Pancake Mix 

2 tbsp. sugar

3/4 cup of milk (can substitute with almond milk)

1/2 cup of chopped strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp. butter

Dash of cinnamon

Cool Whip (optional)

Directions: Melt the butter in the microwave or in a pot over the stove. Mix together the pancake mix, melted butter, sugar and milk in a medium-sized bowl until the batter is smooth and has an even texture. Add a few dashes of cinnamon and stir.

Coat your plates with a thin layer of butter to prevent the pancake mix from sticking. Finely dice the strawberries and cover the bottom of each plate. You can add more or less depending on how much fruit you want.

Fill the plates with the pancake batter and stir slowly to get an even distribution of fruit.

Pop each plate in the microwave for 30 seconds and then flip and cook for another 30 seconds. After the pancakes are cooked, top with fresh fruit, leftover butter or Cool Whip.

Microwave Scrambled Quiche in a Coffee Mug (Serves One)


1 egg

1 1/2 tbsp. milk

1/4  bagel

2 tsp. cream cheese

1/2 slice prosciutto or ham

Dash of salt

Dash of ground black pepper

Dijon mustard (optional)

Directions: Beat the eggs and milk together and add a few dashes of salt and pepper in a coffee mug.

Tear the bread into small chunks and add them into the mixture. Add the cream cheese and strips of ham and mix well. Top with Dijon mustard if desired.

Microwave on high for a minute and 10 seconds.

Cake Batter Milkshakes

(Serves Two)

(Adapted from “Cooking Classy”)


1/2 cup vanilla cake batter mix

1 cup milk

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Directions: Place all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until there is an even consistency. If you do not have a blender, let the ice cream melt slightly and blend by hand in a mixing bowl. Pour into two cups and enjoy.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 21st print edition. Email Sangjun Bae at [email protected].