One thing I missed about going to college was that I didn’t have the chance to cook for myself, as the dining halls were a great resource. However, sometimes I just wanted to eat from the comfort of my dorm room. Only having a microwave made me feel limited, but I came to realize that there’s so much I could make. Although it may seem that a microwave’s only use is reheating leftovers and making popcorn or ramen, it can also be used to make many delicious foods that are easy to make for anyone who wants a night in.
If you’re the type of person that loves to have real breakfast food in the morning, eggs is the way to go. They’re filling, nutritious, and fast to make. All you need is a bowl, a few eggs, and a fork to scramble them. Crack the eggs in the bowl, and pop it in the microwave, stopping it at 30 second increments and stirring until they’re cooked all the way through. This meal is perfect if you want something easy before class, and you could even put in vegetables, cheese, or other ingredients to make it similar to an omelet.
Lunch is always a meal I had trouble with as I needed something quick when I was running between classes. Doing it this way can be easy to eat if you have to take it to class, plus it’s just a healthy meal to make sure you get your daily intake of vegetables. I would recommend carrots, broccoli, green beans, peppers, corn or peas. However, you can pretty much steam any vegetable of your choice. Just put them in a microwavable safe bowl after cutting them up in to smaller pieces, then fill it up with water until they’re about half covered. Then put a lid on top and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to flip them and to check for if they’re soft enough for you.
Mac N Cheese
You no longer have to have the 3 minute mac and cheese in a cup. If you’re craving a childhood favorite, you can recreate this meal without leaving your dorm. Mac N Cheese is filling, simple, and just a great meal to have if you’re a cheese lover. Just put the noodles in a microwavable bowl and fill it up with water until it covers the noodles. Microwave that and stir at 2 minute intervals until the noodles are soft and have absorbed the water. Then take as much cheese as you would like and add that into the bowl, returning it into the microwave until it’s melted. If you want, add a bit of milk if you want it to be the creamy Mac N Cheese you may have had as a child.
If you’re going to be having a movie night with friends and want that perfect dinner to go along with it, this is a great meal. It’s customizable and only take around 2-3 minutes to make. If you like queso, you just need to have cheese, tomatoes and peppers in small pieces, then microwave for 3 to 5 minutes while stirring occasionally to get a creamy combination. You could also put your nachos on a plate and melt cheese onto it for around 30 seconds, then add other ingredients such as salsa, refried beans or sour cream to build your nachos.
Rice Crispy Treat
If you had the experience of making these with family or friends as a kid, then making this will bring you back to this time. This is great for when you’re craving a quick desert and or something sweet but you don’t want to get a whole cake. You place a few marshmallows and about a teaspoon of butter into the mug. Microwave that for about 20 to 30 seconds. Remove once the marshmallows are puffed up and the butter is melted. You can then add in crushed up rice crispy cereal or any cereal of your choice to the mix, then you’re finished.
These recipes helped me a ton throughout my first year of college. I was able to make the things I wanted, with a small amount of ingredients in a small amount of time. Plus, cooking for myself made my dorm feel a little bit more like home.