College Cuisine - Easy Microwave Meals Students Can Make In Their Dorm Room
Skip the Freshman 15... And Other Reasons To Cook In Your Dorm
Are you looking to avoid the dreaded freshmen 15? Did you run out of meals last week? Move into an apartment and get rid of your mandatory meal plan? Really sick of meatloaf Monday, chicken patty Tuesday, and other boring dining hall options? Whatever reason has led you running from the dining hall toward your mini-fridge, these easy recipes will help you become a seasoned dorm-room chef in no time.
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Not Sure what to put in your omelet? Try some of these delicious combos:
Cheese - Don't limit yourself to standard American. Cheddar, swiss, feta and many other cheeses make delicious omelet additions.
All-American - Diced ham (deli meat works great), cheddar cheese and tomato
Meat Lovers - Domino's Pizza meets the omelet. Ham, sausage,bacon, pepperoni.... any meat you have on hand is a go with this omelet! Make sure your meat is ready to eat or pre-cooked before adding it to the omelet.
Veggie Delight - Like the meat lovers, this is an anything goes affair. Tomatoes, spinach, olives, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and broccoli are all great options.
Greek Omelet - My personal favorite is made with tomatoes, spinach, olives and feta cheese.
A few easy fixins
Grilled Cheese or Quesadilla - This one is pretty self explanatory put a few slices of your favorite type of cheese between two slices of bread or tortillas, and heat until the cheese melts. You can also add some deli meat or veggies for extra variety. Worried cooking for one will mean the veggies go bad before you eat them all? Make a visit to the salad bar, and buy just enough veggies for the meal you are cooking.
Omelets or Scrambled Eggs - Even the culinary challenged can mix up some eggs, cheese and veggies. If you’re unsure how to flip an omelet, just scramble everything together with a spatula and call it a day! For a healthier twist try egg whites or liquid egg beaters.
Chicken - Perdue's new "Oven Ready" chicken products take all of the guesswork out of cooking chicken - these pre-seasoned chicken breasts can be cooked in the bag. Sure to impress any dates. Other easy options included chicken nuggets or chicken patties. Top a chicken patty with diced tomatoes and some mozzarella for an easy chicken parm.
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But, I Only Have A Microwave?
Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about the kitchen-less set. There are many options for those poor souls living in traditional housing with no kitchen access. First, consider all of the food that is specifically manufactured to be heated in the microwave – tv dinners, steamfresh meals, Betty Crocker’s Warm Delite desserts and more. In addition to these products especially designed for the microwave, almost any prepared food can be heated in the microwave instead of the oven or stovetop. These heat and eat options, include soup, chili, oatmeal, eggs, veggie burgers, canned veggies, popcorn, and Ramen noodles. If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, here are a few more options:
Steamed Veggies – The microsteam bags put out by Ziploc and Glad, give you no excuse for not eating your veggies! All you do is chop up the veggie, stick it in the bag and microwave. I haven’t tried cooking anything other than veggies in these myself, but according to the directions you can steam just about anything in them including meat and fish!
“Baked” Potatoes- whether your prefer sweet potatoes or the traditional white starch, you can easily make a baked potato in the microwave. Just pierce a few holes in the surface with a fork then cook for 3-8 minutes depending on the size of the potato.Just like the oven- baked classic these are delicious topped with butter, sour cream, salsa, cheese or veggies. This great article offers step-by-step directions and specific cook times for microwaving potatoes.
Chili Cheese Dip- This hot dip is sure to be the talk of the party, and with only three ingredients it is very easy to prepare. Layer softened cream cheese, turkey chili (without beans), and shredded cheese in a microwave-safe dish. Cook for about three minutes until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted. Serve with chips.
Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups - These ham and cheese roll-ups have been a favorite of mine since I was a child! This budget friendly classic requires only deli ham and a slice of cheese, my favorites are swiss or cheddar. Center the cheese in the middle of the piece of ham, top with spinach or broccoli if desired then roll up. Heat in the microwave until hot, about one minute.
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