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September 14, 2020

Written by Victoria Dissmore, Marketing Employee

Do you ever have those mealtimes when you don’t feel like going to the Rot, or you just want a change? You can easily make meals in your dorm room microwave that are still healthy — well, relatively healthy. In this blog, you will learn the basics of microwave cooking so you can mix and match different foods to make your own custom meals. Note: For all of your microwave creations, be sure your mug or plate or bowl is microwavable!

Eggs

Eggs are super easy to cook in the microwave.

  • Crack a couple in a mug
  • Beat them with a fork until smooth
  • Microwave for 2-3 minutes

You can add veggies and cheese for an omelet or scramble them up with some fried rice.

Pasta

Who doesn’t love some good pasta?

  • Throw some macaroni in a mug
  • Add equal parts water (ex: 1/2 cup of water for 1/2 cup of macaroni)
  • Microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Add whatever toppings you want (mac and cheese, anyone?) and microwave for another 30 seconds for a heartwarming meal.

Potato

If you’re craving a loaded baked potato or sweet potato, here’s how to cook one in the microwave:

  • Poke holes all over potato with a fork (so the potato doesn’t explode)
  • Coat potato with oil and salt if desired
  • Wrap potato loosely with a damp paper towel to hold in the moisture
  • Microwave 7-9 minutes

Broccoli

You can even get some steamed veggies from your microwave endeavors.

  • Add 1/2 cup of fresh broccoli to a microwavable bowl
  • Drizzle on 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Add 1 tablespoon water
  • Sprinkle a little bit of salt to taste
  • Cover with a damp paper towel to keep the moisture in
  • Microwave 2 minutes

Rice

Get those carbs in with a steaming bowl of rice.

  • Add 1/2 cup dry rice to a microwavable bowl
  • Add 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Stir and cover with a microwaveable plate
  • Microwave 6-8 minutes or until water is gone

Spaghetti Squash

If you have a sharp knife and a cutting board, you can add this tasty gourd to your meal creation.

  • Cut spaghetti squash open long-ways
  • Scoop out all the seeds
  • Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on the open halves
  • Microwave 10-15 minutes until soft
  • Scrape the sides of each half with a fork to get the fruit out

You can even warm up some frozen meatballs and pasta sauce (microwave 1-2 minutes or as directed on package) for a fun take on spaghetti and meatballs!

French Toast

If you want to make your own breakfast, or you’re craving breakfast for dinner, whip up some mug French toast!

  • Cut any kind of thick and sturdy bread (brioche, challah, French baguette) into bite-sized cubes and drop into a large microwaveable mug
  • In a separate bowl, mix 1 egg, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  • Add fresh blueberries to the mug of bread cubes (add both at the same time to mix better)
  • Pour egg mixture over bread and blueberries, soaking each bread cube
  • Microwave 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Drizzle on maple syrup and enjoy!
  • *You can also do this with bananas and chocolate chips instead of blueberries*

Hopefully these recipes and tips give you the tools you need to make your own microwave meals! With the guidelines above, you’ll be on your way to becoming a master microwave chef in no time.