In college, I loved making my own healthy meals using just the microwave. Last week, I uploaded the first of a three part series featuring dorm room recipes that are affordable, healthy and easy to make. The first recipe is a lunch or dinner meal idea using a sweet potato. It can easily be made vegan with a mini swap. Enjoy this meal if your cafeteria closes down lunch before you get back from class!

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Dorm Room Tex Mex Sweet Potato Lunch VIDEO

Serves 1, Total Time 10 minutes

  • Medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp black beans
  • 2 tbsp corn salsa
  • 1 tbsp chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt

Pierce sweet potato with a fork to break the skin. Really wash any remaining dirt off the potato. Put it in the microwave for 8-12 minutes depending on the size. While it’s cooking, combine 1 tbsp black beans, 2 tbsp of corn salsa bought from the store and 1 tablespoon of chopped tomatoes. 

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You can use canned tomatoes and black beans for convenience. Buy grape tomatoes and have as a snack during the week.

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If you can’t find any corn salsa, just buy enough corn for a 1 tablespoon and combine the black beans, tomatoes and corn with a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, a 1/2 teaspoon of coriander and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. I thought the jarred salsa would be easier for college students but if you have these spices available, go ahead and try this version!

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Once the sweet potato is done cooking, slice it down the middle and fill with your tex mex mixture. Finish with a large dollop of plain greek yogurt (nonfat or 2%) on top! You can also use sour cream if you have it available. Enjoy. 

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Watch the video here! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get the next two recipes featuring trail mix cookies and mug French toast! 

Healthy Dorm Room Meal: TexMex Sweet Potato

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  • Lisa Johnson

    I know all too well how great this tastes, because for the past few years I’ve been making sweet potato salsas, including a Mexican flavor. In fact, it used to be called “Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Dip”!

    For what it’s worth, I do offer them on, in case your readers find themselves a little time-strapped.

    My salsas have no fat, no sweetener, only 250 calories per 12 oz jar, and tons of natural nutrition, of course!

    Happy noshing,
    Lisa, Yambassador, Yummy Yammy

  • Sarah

    Can you start putting the nutrition info? I’m going on a low carb diet and I love your site and it would be really useful for the recipes.

    • Sarah

      I use myfitnesspal for the nutrition info. If you put in the nutrition info on your own using it, it will come up. This is not a “low carb” meal as it’s a potato but they are good carbs that will not spike your bloodsugar nor are they processed. IT’S CLEAN.