Easy Microwave Food Recipes For The College Dormitory Student

Try some of these easy and quick microwave meals in your dorm for a change of pace.

When you first get accepted into college and move into a dorm, your mind is a whirlwind. No more curfews, nobody to answer to and nobody to watch over your shoulder every single second are just a few of the thoughts that may find their way into your mind. Sure, not having parents around means a lot more freedom, but it also means an end to delicious home-cooked meals. Instead of walking into your home to the smells of pot roast and garlic mashed potatoes, you will be walking into your dorm room to the smell of the trash your roommate forgot to take out two weeks ago. However, just because you don't have Mom to cook your meals, doesn't mean you have to starve to death. Here are some quick and easy meals you can make using only your dormitory microwave.

Flavorful Couscous

Love Mediterranean food, but only have enough money to do one last load of laundry? Try this recipe for seasoned couscous. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat a can of your favorite vegetable soup until it has just started to boil. Immediately toss in eight ounces of unflavored couscous. Cover the bowl and let the couscous absorb the liquid, approximately five minutes. At this point, you can shake in some garlic salt, cayenne pepper and lemon pepper seasoning. For a little zing of sweetness, throw in a sprinkle of cinnamon. Remember, the seasonings are all to taste.

Peanut Sauce Ramen

Ramen noodles and college students is a well-known cliche, but, cliche or not, you cannot deny the fact that you have about twenty packets of these ramen noodles sitting in your pantry right now. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together one third of a cup of peanut butter, one third of a cup of water, two tablespoons each of soy sauce and lemon juice, one teaspoon of sugar and a dash of cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Microwave this mixture for thirty seconds and toss with one or two bags of cooked and unseasoned ramen noodles.


Don't you hate when you only have thirty minutes between classes and you haven't had lunch yet? Why not make some quick and hot pizza in your dorm room? Slice an English muffin in two and spread some spaghetti sauce over the two halves. Sprinkle with your favorite cheese, like mozzarella, and top with your favorite toppings (mushrooms, pepperoni, onions, olives). Heat in the pizza in the microwave until the cheese begins to brown and melt.

Sweet Baked Apples

What do you do when it's two in the morning and you get a sweet tooth? Try these sweet and tasty baked apples that can easily be made in your microwave. Using a knife, gentle take the core and seeds out of your favorite kind of apple (Granny Smith apples work great in this recipe). Place the apple on a microwave-safe plate so that it stands up. Fill the hole you just made with a mixture of half a teaspoon of cinnamon, one tablespoon of butter and one and a half tablespoons of brown sugar. Heat for one and a half minutes in your microwave for a delicious sweet treat.

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