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HOW TO: microwaveable meals for the busy college student

For the busy college student, it can be hard to make meals yourself. However, with only a few ingredients and minimal time, you can make any meal in your dorm room microwave.

Easy savory mug frittata

Instead of  heating up the normal bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast, crack a few eggs into a mug for this microwavable frittata. With a few staple ingredients, you can have a savory breakfast in your own down room. This recipe is adapted from www.incredibleegg.org.


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2 eggs

2 tbsp. of milk

2 tbsp. of cheese

Salt and Pepper

Optional: chopped vegetables (onion, spinach, tomato or bell pepper)

To prepare: Mix the eggs, milk, cheese, seasonings  and optional add-ins together in a microwave safe mug of your choice. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, and then stir. Put the mug back into the microwave for another 60 — 90 seconds, or until the frittata has puffed up and cooked all the way through. Serve immediately with toast.

Only taking two to three minutes, this easy frittata can be made before class or even on Sunday morning for a make-shift brunch with friends. For a fancier dish, try combining spinach, onion and feta cheese or even prosciutto, chopped basil and brie.

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Microwave mac & cheese

Although every college student is all too familiar with a meal of microwave mac and cheese, the dish can be transformed from tasting artificially flavored to being reminiscent of home cooking with a handful of easily accessible materials. This recipe is from www.thekitchn.com.


1/2 cup of dried pasta

1/2 cup of water


1/2 cup of cheese

1/4 cup of milk

Optional: chopped vegetables, bacon or ham.

To prepare: Pour the dried pasta and water into a microwave safe bowl of your choosing. In intervals of two minutes, microwave the pasta until it is cooked through. It should take anywhere from four to eight minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the bowl, as the water may bubble over the sides. 

After the pasta is completely cooked, drain the water and add the rest of the ingredients. Heat this mixture through for a total of one to two minutes, or until fully combined.

Enjoy immediately for lunch, dinner, or a midnight snack.

Cinnamon apple crumble

If you are craving a warm, fall-inspired dessert, look no further than this six ingredient apple crumble. Mimicking the taste of a baked dessert, this sweet treat takes only a few minutes in the microwave.


1 chopped apple

2 tbsp. of brown sugar

1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

1 tsp. of lemon juice


Whipped cream

Optional: vanilla ice cream

To prepare: Chop one granny smith apple into small chunks. Combine in a mug with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Microwave the mixture for two to five minutes, or until the apples are soft. Top with your favorite granola and whipped cream. Serve immediately.

To make the dessert even more decadent, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Alternatively, to enjoy a healthier crumble, you can replace the brown sugar with one tbsp. of agave syrup or equal parts coconut sugar. Even though Thanksgiving is more than a month away, this dessert will satisfy your apple pie cravings.

Photo courtesy of Lori Stalteri

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