Bored of Ramen and Popcorn

By Heather Konish, First Year Mentor, First-Year Success Center

     I know the routine. Wake up. Grab yesterday’s coffee. Put it in the microwave. Beep. Drink. Go to class. Come back. Open microwave. Reheat leftovers. Cook some easy mac. Beep. Eat. Go to bed. Wake up. Heat up water in the microwave. Beep. Make tea. Go to class. This happens over and over again. It becomes habit. And I get it-you’re busy and the microwave is easy. But your microwavable foods don’t have to be dull and predictable. Spice things up a bit! Here are some snacks and meals to make, right in your microwave.

Soup: Open the can, pour in a bowl and heat it up for 3 minutes.

Quesadillas: Lay a tortilla down, slap some cheese on there, and microwave.

Microwave dinners: Either from the C-Store or down at Shop Rite. Easy to make and pretty filling.

Baked Potatoes: Wash the potato and poke some holes in it with a fork. Wrap it in a paper towel and microwave for a few minutes until you can poke straight into the center.

Nachos: Chips, cheese, any toppings and one minute in the microwave. Need I say more?

Scrambled Eggs: Crack some eggs and scramble them up. Pop ‘em in the microwave. Occasionally mix it up while it’s cooking. Throw in some bacon or cheese to add a little something special.

Brownies/Cake: There are so many recipes online for how to make brownies or little cakes right in a coffee mug. And it usually only takes a minute in the microwave!

Hotdogs: Put a small slit through it and heat until hot.

Steam bag veggies: Grocery stores have them in almost any vegetable. Read the package on how long and enjoy a fresh, healthy side with dinner.

Tuna melt: Make the tuna (tuna and mayo), put a bit of mozzarella cheese on it and heat it up. Scoop in onto some bread or use crackers for a quick bite.

Chicken Parm Sandwich: Make chicken nuggets in the microwave. Put warmed tomato sauce on a bun and a slice of cheese. Put nuggets on the sandwich when cooked.

Potato Chips: I’m not talking buying chips and heating them up. Nope. Take a potato and slice it up nice and thin. Coat lightly with vegetable oil and put in the microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add salt to your heart’s content.

Cornbread: With flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, an egg, milk and vegetable oil you can make your own cornbread right in the microwave.

Butterbeer: Place 2 cups of ginger ale a microwave-safe measuring cup, and microwave on high until the soda is hot but not boiling, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon of butter, and then stir in the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.

Break the habit of boring microwave foods. With a few extra minutes you could be eating a full course microwave made dinner in your flannel pajamas in your dorm room. So, go to the C-store. Grab some supplies. Mix ingredients. Cook in the microwave. And then wait for the signal to dig in:  Beep.

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