Yes, you can make oatmeal in it, you can heat up leftovers, you can heat your dorm with it…? But there is SO MUCH MORE that that magic machine can do.
I am about to share with you some of the top hacks I’ve discovered using your microwave that basically make healthy living in college a breeze.
1. UNSTALE BREAD
I know how hard it is to find time to go grocery shopping between classes, clubs, etc., so I’m sure there was at least one time when that old loaf of bread sitting on your desk has gone stale. Well, don’t throw it away! Instead, wrap it in some wet paper towels and microwave it in a few 10-second bursts. #MONEYSAVED #PBJTIME
2. HEATING PADS
For all those muscle aches and pains that just always seem to happen on the worst days. Wet a small bathroom towel, fold it up, and microwave for a few minutes until whatever desired temperature is reached. Place your towel in a plastic bag to use, or press directly onto sore area.
3. STEAM VEGGIES
Sometimes, oily dining hall veggies just don’t cut it anymore. Place some fresh veggies (farmers markets are a great place to get quality veggies really cheap!) in a microwave safe bowl with a dash of water, salt, and pepper. Cover loosely with a lid, or saran wrap, and microwave for 2-3 minutes (time will vary depending on vegetable).
4. SWEET POTATOES IN A FLASH
Cooking a sweet potato takes: 1. An oven and 2. 30-45 minutes… But living in a dorm, who has either of those?! No one. To the rescue: you guessed it. Your microwave. Wrap your sweet potato in saran wrap tightly, and microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on the size. Bam. Cooked sweet potato. Stuff it, season it, or just eat it plain.
Oatmeal is a classic quick microwave breakfast, but did you ever think about making eggs for breakfast instead? Whisk eggs with a bit of milk and spices in a microwave safe mug. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, stirring halfway. For a mug omelet, add in some veggies and/or cheese before cooking!
Have a sweet tooth? Stir together 1-2 T coconut flour, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 egg white, and about ¼ c almond milk in a microwave safe bowl (or mug) and microwave for about 1-2 minutes, or until fully cooked. It’s a piece of cake! (Literally.)
If you’re ever in need of an indulgent treat…I often buy premade cookie dough that I store in my fridge for just that occasion. Take out single servings as desired and microwave for about 45 sec-1 minute. The microwave will bake you a perfect little cookie.
A super easy and nutritious breakfast that is easy to make in seconds! Add 1/2-1c of oats with just enough water to cover the top and microwave for 1-2 minutes. You can even add in some protein to make a delicious treat!
9. MICROWAVE LATTE
Make foamy milk for your coffee like a Starbucks barista using only your new favorite appliance. Pour your choice of milk into a mason jar or other lidded container, put lid on and shake for about 30 seconds, remove lid and microwave for 30 seconds. Hold back foam with your spoon while you pour the milk into your coffee. Then, spoon the remaining foam on top.
10. QUICK QUINOA
In a microwave-safe bowl, add 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. Cover with lid, or plate, and cook for about 6 minutes (for 1 cup quinoa), remove and stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes, remove and allow to sit covered to steam for about 5-10 more minutes.
Contributing Author: Colby Triolo