10 Microwavable Meals

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Stephen Clawson pulls a Banquet dinner out of the microwave. College students often have to think of cheap and easy dinner ideas. Photo by Ray Morgan

Stephen Clawson pulls a Banquet dinner out of the microwave. College students often have to think of cheap and easy dinner ideas. Photo by Ray Morgan

Food on your menu could use a little more variety if you are just eating ramen and cereal. Sometimes it is hard to cook on campus when all you have is a mini fridge and a microwave.  What you may not know, however, is that your microwave can be used for more than just heating up leftovers. Here are some meals that you can make!

  1. Crispy bacon
    Place the bacon on an upside down bowl. That way the fat drips off instead of soaking the bacon. Cook until the bacon reaches your desired crispiness!
  2. One-minute quiche in a mug
    Yep, you heard right. You can make quiche in a mug, in your dorm room. It’s easy, cheap, and so good you might want to change your meal plan.
  3. Scrambled eggs
    Another breakfast classic you can make in a mug. Just crack the eggs, scramble them with a little milk, and microwave in intervals of 20 to 30 seconds until your eggs are done.
  4. Poached eggs
    Everyone knows making poached eggs the traditional way can be, at the very least, a hassle. But not with a microwave! Just put a little water, a little salt, and a little vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, then carefully crack an egg into the mixture. Microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Enjoy!
  5. Potato chips
    Craving a late night snack, but don’t want to go to the convenience store? All you need is a potato, a little oil, and some salt. And, of course, a microwave.
  6. Mac and cheese—in a mug!
    Tired of mass produced cheese powder? Craving the real deal? Make your very own mac and cheese with real cheese in just a few easy minutes.
  7. Steamed veggies
    Easy, healthy, and cheap. Put your favorite fresh (with bit of water) or frozen veggies in a microwave-safe container (with a lid!), spice to taste, and zap them until they’re hot.
  8. Chocolate chip cake in a mug
    Okay, we’ll admit: we love food you can cook in a mug. It’s hilarious and tasty. Especially dessert!
  9. Healthy popcorn
    No need to buy the store-bought kind, which is processed, full of fat, and overpriced. Just get popcorn kernels instead and microwave them in a microwave-safe bowl covered by a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high until there’s a few seconds between each kernel popping. Salt to taste.
  10. Roasted nuts
    Why buy roasted nuts when you can make them yourself? Just microwave some nuts in intervals of one minute until the nuts have a bit of a crunch and a toasted flavor.



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