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Here's How To Actually Make Legit Meals In the Microwave

No stove? No prob. These are perfect for work lunches, dorm rooms, or if you just don't have time to mess with an oven.

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Eating balanced, filling meals isn't the easiest when you don't have a kitchen or even a stove.

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Although cooking in a dorm room doesn't often lead to culinary masterpieces, there are definitely ways to have a delicious, varied diet when all you have is a microwave and a few plates.

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So we created eight recipes you can easily make with a microwave so that you can get more options.

Filled with protein thanks to the quinoa and edamame.
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Filled with protein thanks to the quinoa and edamame.

Here's what you'll need:

Broccoli + quinoa + edamame + cilantro + sesame vinaigrette + olive oil + salt.
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Broccoli + quinoa + edamame + cilantro + sesame vinaigrette + olive oil + salt.

Let's start with the broccoli.

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Place broccoli in a microwavable container with a bit of salt, water, and olive oil. Cover with a wet paper towel, and microwave on high for two minutes. That's literally it.

Next up is the quinoa.

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Place half a cup of quinoa with a cup of water in a pyrex bowl. Cover with a plate, and microwave for five minutes. Take it out of the microwave, stir, cover again, and let sit for about ten minutes until all the water is absorbed.

All you need to do is mix everything together and enjoy!

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Filling, protein-packed, and delicious (sweet potatoes are also loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamin A.)
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Filling, protein-packed, and delicious (sweet potatoes are also loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamin A.)

Here's what you'll need:

Sweet potato + bacon + broccoli + milk + cheddar.
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Sweet potato + bacon + broccoli + milk + cheddar.

Prepare the broccoli like we did in the previous recipe. Next, you'll have to cook the bacon in the microwave.

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It may sound weird, but the result is just as great as stovetop bacon. To make it, just lay two paper towel sheets on a plate, place the bacon slices on top, and cover with another paper towel sheet. Microwave for one minute and a half. Voilà!

On to the potato!

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Poke the potato a dozen times with a fork and wrap it into a wet paper towel. Place on a plate and microwave for seven minutes.

Once the potato has cooled down a little bit, carve it and assemble.

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In a bowl, mash the sweet potato you carved out with a bit of milk. Add the chopped bacon and mix. Fill the sweet potato shell with the mix, add the broccoli, and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Microwave for a minute.

Enjoy!

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For your next breakfast in bed.
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For your next breakfast in bed.

Here's what you'll need:

Eggs whites + avocado + red bell pepper + jalapeño pepper + cilantro + shredded cheddar.
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Eggs whites + avocado + red bell pepper + jalapeño pepper + cilantro + shredded cheddar.

Making eggs in a mug is super easy.

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Spray a little bit of cooking spray at the bottom of your mug. Pour the egg whites and add salt and pepper. Microwave on high for 50 seconds. Stir, add your toppings, and stir again. Microwave on high for 40 seconds more.

The best thing about this is that you can alternate the toppings as much as you like so it never gets boring.

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Don't tell the Italians, but you can totally make pasta in the microwave, and it tastes gooood.
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Don't tell the Italians, but you can totally make pasta in the microwave, and it tastes gooood.

Here's what you'll need:

Pasta + pre-cooked chicken sausage + tomato sauce + shredded cheese.
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Pasta + pre-cooked chicken sausage + tomato sauce + shredded cheese.

The only cooking you'll have to do is microwaving pasta.

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Make sure you pick small pasta, like elbow pasta or macaroni. Place them in a large microwavable bowl and cover with at least twice as much water. Place the bowl on a plate (in case the water overflows) and microwave for two minutes longer than the time suggested on the box. Drain and mix with all the other ingredients. Microwave for one minute, until cheese is melted.

And that's how you get an easy and filling dinner.

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This is perfect for Meatless Monday — and you'll still get a ton of protein from the black beans.
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This is perfect for Meatless Monday — and you'll still get a ton of protein from the black beans.

Here's what you'll need:

Rice + avocado + black beans + cilantro + salsa.
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Rice + avocado + black beans + cilantro + salsa.

The only thing you need to cook is the rice.

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Place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl, with some water and a bit of olive oil. Microwave on high for twelve minutes. Fluff with a fork, mix with all the other ingredients, and serve.

Enjoy!

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Because everyone needs a good breakfast to start the day.
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Because everyone needs a good breakfast to start the day.

Here's what you'll need:

Old fashioned oats + apple + milk/water + peanut butter + ground cinnamon.
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Old fashioned oats + apple + milk/water + peanut butter + ground cinnamon.

Here's how to make the perfect "baked" apples in the microwave.

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Just slice an apple (you can keep the skin or not), and place it in a bowl with some cinnamon and a little bit of water. Microwave on high for five minutes. You can serve it with oatmeal and keep the leftovers to eat on their own or with some Greek yogurt.

Making oatmeal in the microwave is so easy, you'll never want to make it any other way.

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Place half a cup of old fashioned oatmeal with a cup of milk or water (we mixed some of each to make it creamy but light). Microwave on high for two and a half minute —make sure to keep an eye on your bowl and check that it doesn't overflow.

All you have to do next is stir a tablespoon of peanut butter into your oatmeal and serve with the apple. 😍

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The best midnight snack out there.
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The best midnight snack out there.

Here's what you'll need:

Tortillas + baby spinach + tomato + pesto + shredded mozzarella.
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Tortillas + baby spinach + tomato + pesto + shredded mozzarella.

This one is as easy and straightforward as they come.

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Microwave the tortillas on their own for 30-40 seconds. Then, spread pesto on a tortilla, top with tomato slices, spinach, and mozzarella. Cover with second tortilla. Top with a plate to flatten it and microwave for three and a half minutes.

Bon appétit!

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Because sometimes you need a good lunch to-go.
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Because sometimes you need a good lunch to-go.

Here's what you'll need:

Bagel + baby spinach + tomato slice + sliced cheddar + sliced smoked turkey + one egg + milk.
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Bagel + baby spinach + tomato slice + sliced cheddar + sliced smoked turkey + one egg + milk.

You'll only have to cook the egg.

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It's a similar method as in the previous recipe, except we used a whole egg and added a bit of milk.

And the only thing left to do is assemble and enjoy.

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Here are all the recipes:

BROCCOLI EDAMAME QUINOA BOWL

INGREDIENTS

½ cup quinoa

Salt, pepper

½ cup broccoli florets (about a handful)

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup edamame

2-3 tbsp sesame vinaigrette (to taste)

Chopped fresh cilantro

PREPARATION

Pour the quinoa with a cup of water and a pinch of salt into a microwave safe bowl. Stir and cover with a plate or a lid. Microwave on high for six minutes. Take out of the microwave, stir, cover with the lid again, and let sit for 15-20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed by the quinoa.

Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, stir broccoli with olive oil, one tablespoon water, salt, and pepper. Cover with a damp piece of paper towel. Microwave on high for two minutes.

Once the quinoa is ready, assemble all the ingredients in a bowl and serve. Enjoy!

BROCCOLI AND BACON LOADED SWEET POTATO

INGREDIENTS

2 bacon slices

1 sweet potato

2 tbsp whole milk

Salt, pepper

¼ cup broccoli florets, cooked (see method above)

¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar

Sour cream, to serve

PREPARATION

Place a sheet of paper towel on a microwave safe place. Place the bacon slices on top, making sure they don't touch each other. Cover with another paper towel sheet. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds (time may vary depending on the microwave). Uncover and chop the bacon on a chopping board. Set aside.

Poke the sweet potato with a fork a dozen time (this is very important, otherwise your potato might explode). Wrap the potato in a couple of damp paper towel sheets. Place on a plate and microwave on high for seven minutes.

Let the potato cool down for a minute, then carve an oval hole in it with a knife and spoon the flesh out into a bowl. Add milk, salt, and pepper to the bowl and mash the potato with a fork until you get a homogenous mixture. Stir in the chopped bacon.

Spoon half of the flesh back into the sweet potato. Top with a few cooked broccoli florets. Cover with the rest of the flesh and top with broccoli florets and cheddar. Microwave on high for one minute, until cheese it melted.

Serve with sour cream and eat right away. Enjoy!

SCRAMBLED EGGS IN A MUG

INGREDIENTS

Cooking spray

½ cup egg whites

Salt, pepper

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

½ avocado, diced

1 tbsp shredded cheddar

Chopped fresh cilantro

PREPARATION

In a mug, mix egg whites with salt and pepper. Microwave on high for two minutes.

Stir in pepper, jalapeño pepper, avocado, and cheese and microwave for 30-40 seconds, until the eggs are set.

Serve with cilantro. Enjoy!

SAUSAGE AND TOMATO SAUCE PASTA

INGREDIENTS

1 ¼ cup macaroni

2 chicken sausages (already cooked)

¼ cup tomato sauce

¼ cup shredded cheddar

Salt, pepper

PREPARATION

In a large microwavable bowl, cover pasta with at least twice as much water. Place the bowl on a plate (in case the water overflows) and microwave for two minutes longer than the time suggested on the box. Drain. In a bowl or on a plate, mix pasta with the sliced sausages and the tomato sauce. Top with cheese. Microwave for one minute, until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

SOUTHWESTERN RICE AND BEANS

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rice

1 teaspoon Olive oil

Salt, to taste

¼ cup black beans

¼ cup salsa

½ avocado

Fresh chopped cilantro

PREPARATION

Place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl, with one and three quarter cups of water, a teaspoon of olive oil, and salt. Microwave on high for twelve minutes. Fluff with a fork. Place half of the rice in a bowl and mix in all the other ingredients. Save rest of the rice for later. Enjoy!

"BAKED" APPLE OATMEAL

INGREDIENTS

1 apple

¼ tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp water

½ cup old fashioned oatmeal

1 cup water or milk (or a mix of both)

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp peanut butter

PREPARATION

Core and slice the apple (you can keep the skin or not). Place slices in a bowl with cinnamon and water. Microwave on high for five minutes. Set aside.

In a bowl or a mug, combine oats with water or milk and a pinch of salt. Microwave three minutes on high. Stir in the peanut butter and serve with the baked apples. Enjoy!

PESTO MOZZARELLA QUESADILLAS

INGREDIENTS

2 flour tortillas

2 tbsp pesto

3 tomato slices

¼ cup shredded mozzarella

1 handful baby spinach

PREPARATION

Microwave the tortillas on a plate for 40 seconds.

On one tortilla, spread pesto, top with tomato slices, cheese, and baby spinach. Cover with second tortilla and cover with a small plate. Microwave on high for three and a half minutes. Enjoy!

BAGEL SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS

1 egg

2 tsp milk

Salt, pepper

1 bagel

1 handful baby spinach leaves

2 slices cheddar or provolone

1 slice smoked turkey

1 slice tomato

PREPARATION

In a bowl or a mug, whisk the egg with milk, salt and pepper. Microwave on high for a minute and a half, until egg is set.

Slice open the bagel and toast it if you'd like. Lay spinach leaves on the bottom half. Top with a slice of cheese, the cooked egg, another slice of cheese, a slice of turkey, and a slice of tomato. Cover with top half of bagel and serve. Enjoy!

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