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12 Microwave Meals Way Better Than Cup Noodles

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1. Sriracha Salmon Fillet

This 5-minute microwave salmon fillet will trick all your friends into thinking you’re fancy AF. Get the recipe.
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This 5-minute microwave salmon fillet will trick all your friends into thinking you’re fancy AF. Get the recipe.

2. Chicken Risotto

This risotto with garlic, shallots, and spinach is gooey, cheesy goodness. Warning: It does ask that the chicken be *lightly cooked* but if you just add another minute to the microwave you’ll be good to go. Get the recipe here.
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This risotto with garlic, shallots, and spinach is gooey, cheesy goodness. Warning: It does ask that the chicken be *lightly cooked* but if you just add another minute to the microwave you’ll be good to go. Get the recipe here.

3. Chicken Stew With Coconut Milk

This Indian-inspired stew is the perfect super-easy winter dinner. Just put all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and let it cook for half an hour. Recipe here.
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This Indian-inspired stew is the perfect super-easy winter dinner. Just put all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and let it cook for half an hour. Recipe here.

4. Creamy Tomato Soup

Easy tomato soup doesn't have to come in a can. This recipe comes with a cute instructional video to get you through. Get it here. And if you're worried about the European measurements, try a conversion site.
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Easy tomato soup doesn't have to come in a can. This recipe comes with a cute instructional video to get you through. Get it here.

And if you're worried about the European measurements, try a conversion site.

5. Tacos

This genius recipe has convinced me that microwaved beef with the right blend of flavors is just as juicy and delicious as meat from a pan. Add your favorite tortillas and fixings and this dinner is ready in under 10 minutes. Get the recipe.
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This genius recipe has convinced me that microwaved beef with the right blend of flavors is just as juicy and delicious as meat from a pan. Add your favorite tortillas and fixings and this dinner is ready in under 10 minutes. Get the recipe.

6. Vegetarian Lasagna

Go meatless in style with this hearty lasagna. Recipe here.
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Go meatless in style with this hearty lasagna. Recipe here.

7. Southwest Chicken Casserole

This casserole is my two favorite things: cheesy and easy. Pro tip: Sub in pre-cooked rotisserie chicken for extra flavor. Get the recipe here.
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This casserole is my two favorite things: cheesy and easy. Pro tip: Sub in pre-cooked rotisserie chicken for extra flavor. Get the recipe here.

8. Yakiniku Udon

Time to upgrade your noodle game. This slightly-spicy pork and udon recipe is perfect for a night in, and can easily be modified into a tasty vegetarian dish. Get the recipe.
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Time to upgrade your noodle game. This slightly-spicy pork and udon recipe is perfect for a night in, and can easily be modified into a tasty vegetarian dish. Get the recipe.

9. Steak

It CAN be done, folks! If you're ok with medium or well-done steak, this simple recipe will do the trick. (Yes, this assumes that you are fancy enough to buy a steak but not fancy enough to own a stove, but who am I to judge?) Recipe here.
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It CAN be done, folks! If you're ok with medium or well-done steak, this simple recipe will do the trick. (Yes, this assumes that you are fancy enough to buy a steak but not fancy enough to own a stove, but who am I to judge?) Recipe here.

10. Spicy Potato Curry

This is listed as a side dish, but add some rice and extra sauce, and this baby is the main attraction 😍 Recipe here.
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This is listed as a side dish, but add some rice and extra sauce, and this baby is the main attraction 😍 Recipe here.

11. Chicken Noodle Soup

This 10-minute chicken noodle soup in a mug is the embodiment of Mom's love when you're sick but technically an adult so no one's there to take care of you. Get the recipe.
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This 10-minute chicken noodle soup in a mug is the embodiment of Mom's love when you're sick but technically an adult so no one's there to take care of you. Get the recipe.

12. Mac and Cheese

This one-bowl masterpiece features four cheeses, a hint of mustard, and noodles cooked in milk for extra creaminess 🙌 I may never use the stove again. Recipe here.
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This one-bowl masterpiece features four cheeses, a hint of mustard, and noodles cooked in milk for extra creaminess 🙌 I may never use the stove again. Recipe here.

*Bonus: Chocolate Birthday Cake

Because you've earned it. Recipe here.

Because you've earned it. Recipe here.

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