Whether you live in a dorm and want to save money on your meal plan or are an apartment dweller that doesn’t always trust their cooking skills, recipes for cooking with your microwave can really come in handy. They’re quick, easy and affordable and there are hundreds of them out there online and they prove that just because you cook something in the microwave doesn’t mean that it came out of a package!

  • Scrambled Eggs
    For most college students it doesn’t become uncommon to skip breakfast for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s because you don’t want to buy something or don’t have time to cook or pick something up it’s easy to justify skipping that first meal of the day. However, there are a couple of easy and affordable recipes that will take under 5 five minutes to make. The first is for you egg lovers out there; scrambled eggs. All you need for this recipe is two eggs, milk, and a coffee mug or bowl and a fork. Crack the eggs into the mug or bowl and add about two table spoons of milk and mix together with a fork. Pop it into the microwave for 45 seconds, stir then microwave for another 30 to 45 seconds. The full recipe for this can be found on here. A dozen eggs at most grocery stores costs anywhere between 2 to 5 dollars and milk can usually be found in small bottles at most dining halls for a couple of dollars and can be bought with your meal plan if you have one. Also, if you feel like spicing things up, you can add vegetables or any other of your favorite toppings you’d usually reserve for omelets.
  • Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    If eggs aren’t your cup of tea for breakfast, another great and affordable option is Oatmeal. Instant Oatmeal in packets can be found at the grocery stores for often under 5 dollars, but for a similar price you can simply buy a container of dry oats (like Quaker Oats-Old Fashioned). Using the plain oats instead of the packages has the advantage of not being pre sugared or flavored, allowing you to do those things yourself and to your taste and is as simple as mixing the dry oats and water and popping it into the microwave until the mixture thickens.
  • Baked Potato
    Another, more dinner related meal that can be made in your microwave is a simple baked potato. A baked potato can be a healthy filling meal, or part of a meal but buying them at your cafeteria or dining hall can start to add up quickly. At your local Grocery store a five pound bag of potatoes costs about 4 dollars, they don’t need to be refrigerated and will last a long time before even starting to go bad. For preparation all you need to do is wash the potato and poke a few holes in it using a fork then place it in the microwave (you can use a bowl or just place it on the plate of the microwave if you choose). Most Microwaves come with a button/function for baked potatoes but it’s usually a good idea to check it ever minute or so by poking your fork into it until it’s cooked to your liking. Making your own baked potato as opposed to buying from the cafeteria or dining hall can help you save money on your meal plan and in general.
  • Mashed Potatoes
    If you live in an apartment you can also make mashed potatoes in the microwave without having to use instant mixes. The recipe for this can be found at here. This recipe can also be used by people living in dorms who are willing to put in the extra effort but because of some of the extra steps and materials needed it is more suited to apartment dwellers.
  • Desserts
    If you’d like a way to treat yourself you can also try some fun dessert recipes for things like pudding and even coffee cake! Things like this take a little more time and effort, and have a few more ingredients so they may be better saved for special occasions like birthdays or surviving midterms and finals. You’d be surprised how many delicious desserts can be whipped up in your microwave in half the time you’d expect!

These are just a few of the hundreds of recipes out there for meals and treats you can make in your microwave. Using these and other recipes can be a great way for any college student to save both time and money. It’s true that in college your microwave can become your best friend when it comes to cooking.


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