Do you live in a dorm or apartment with nothing but a microwave, but want to eat healthier? Do you rush out the morning without eating breakfast? Learn how to make healthier breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with nothing but a microwave and some commonly found household foods!
If you’ve only got a few minutes in the morning, microwaved eggs and some toast is a great way to get some of the vitamins and nutrients you need to feel full throughout the day! To make scrambled eggs, just whip some eggs, cheese, herbs, and pepper in a bowl, sprinkle some salt at the bottom of a coffee mug, ramekin, or custard dish, pour in the egg mixture, and microwave away. Although each microwave is different, try shooting for 30 seconds or a minute. Alongside a slice of cheese and a toasted English muffin, these microwaved eggs make a great breakfast sandwich that is quick, easy, and cheap to make!
Did you run out of time (or money) this morning, but were craving that yogurt parfait anyway? Try microwaved granola! With coconut oil, honey, vanilla, raisins, rolled oats, and some water, you can make quick, easy homemade granola (that’ll impress even your mom!) To shake and bake this homemade treat, add the coconut oil and water together, and microwave for 20 seconds. Add all the other ingredients (except the raisins!) and toss in the microwave for another minute or two. Take it out, add the raisins and dried fruit, and serve! To shake it up, add some spices, like nutmeg or cinnamon, for a taste that you won’t forget.
Do you want to be able to make your lattes at home? Try this easy hack for homemade milk foam! To prepare, fill up a jar with a lid (like the recently uber-trendy Mason jar) halfway with milk, shake until the liquid bubbles and expands, nearly filling the bottle, and then microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Boom, instant foam! Topping the foam on your coffee with cinnamon or another spice is a great way to get some flavor into your coffee without the added calories of creamer or half and half!
Sweet potatoes, apples, potatoes– all are fair game in the quest for microwaveable snacks! Although the use of a mandolin is helpful, it’s not required. To make these chips, slice your fruit, vegetable, or tuber of your choice to slices around an eighth of an inch thick. Arrange on a plate, and microwave for three-minute intervals, flipping between rounds until you get your desired level of crispiness, and voila, chips! Instead of topping your fries with salt, try different spices– like pepper or a little bit of garlic.
Crispy or soft? Why not both? If you are craving the crunch of taco shells, but only have tortillas on your next Taco Tuesday, try this hack that’ll turn your soggy tortillas into the crispy, crunchy shells of your dreams. To make, stuff a tortilla into a mug so that it looks like a taco shell, lay the cup sideways on a plate, and nuke it for thirty seconds to a minute. Easy, breezy, beautiful homemade taco shells for even the laziest of cooks.
Dried Beans and Lentils
Did you forget to soak your dried beans overnight? No problem! Toss them in a bowl filled with water, throw in a pinch of baking soda, and pop them in the microwave for about 10 minutes. After you pull them out of the microwave, let them soak for 30 or 40 minutes, and then, boom, perfectly soaked beans, perfect for boiling, tossing into a bowl of soup, or cooking in a pressure cooker or slow cooker.
Your mom would be proud of you for this one, we promise. To steam fresh veggies without using a stove like a champ, toss them into a large, microwave-safe bowl, along with some water. Place a plate on top of the bowl, facing downward, and microwave for two to four minutes. Let sit for a minute, then drain out any excess water before serving your fresh veggies.
Ah, the real college staple– microwaved ramen. To cook this wallet and time-friendly staple, break your noodles into smaller chunks and place them in a bowl. Fill your microwave-safe bowl with water– barely high enough to completely cover your noodles to the point where they can float. Pop the bowl in the microwave for five minutes, stopping for a few seconds at the third minute to add the flavoring packet and stir the noodles. Let sit for a minute or two before you pull out of the microwave and dig in!
Do you have a favorite microwaved food that you make all the time? We would love to hear your experience! Let us know in the comments below!