23 Dorm Room Meals You Can Make In A Microwave

No stove? No problem.

1. Instant Mac ‘n’ Cheese


In the Battle of The Instant Macs, let it be known that Parmesan will always beat ~cheese powder~. Get the recipe.

2. Upgraded Instant Ramen

Learn how to cook ramen noodles without a stovetop here, then just add veggies, drop an egg into the hot broth, and let it poach. (Or, even easier? Crack an egg, break the yolk, and slowly stir – you’ll get instant egg ribbons, like in egg drop soup.) Full recipe here.

3. Pizzadilla

This version heats things up on the stovetop, but there’s no reason you couldn’t swap that for the microwave. Get the recipe.

4. 10-Minute Butternut Squash Risotto Cup

(Easiest. Risotto. Ever.) Find this and other ideas at Brit + Co.

6. Easy Omelette

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Breakfast for dinner, anyone? Recipe here.

7. Broccoli & Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Get the recipe here — and learn how to swap the oven for the microwave here.

Then pair the quinoa with vegetables that (also) cook in the microwave — like glazed carrots, steamed broccoli, or spaghetti squash:


Make sure you’re getting your veggies here, here, and here. (HI, MOM!)

9. Margherita Quesadilla

Because even quesadillas want to get ~dressed up~ sometimes. Recipe here.

10. Microwave Nachos


11. Spinach & Feta Mashed Potatoes


There’s greens in there so this counts as dinner, right? Get the recipe.

12. Microwave Salmon with Sriracha Mayo

For fancy times. Get the recipe.

13. Red Beans & Rice

Find the recipe at PopSugar.

14. Easy Egg & Cheese Burritos

Portable protein FTW. Instructions here.

16. Brown Rice & Edamame with Pineapple

Filed under: Filling Eats That Won’t Leave You In A Food Coma. Get the recipe.

17. DIY Pita Pizza

If the question is “Can you pita it?”, the answer is almost always yes. Get the recipe.

18. Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Praise be to Cheesus. Get the recipe.

20. Couscous Greek Salad

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No reason why you can’t make a bigger batch of this and space it out as leftovers. Get the recipe.

21. Pizza Mug Cake

Ready in all of two minutes. Get the recipe.

23. Sausage & Cheese Spaghetti Dinner

Two is always better than one. Get the recipe.

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