Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t have the time, or the motivation, to haul yourself all the way down to the dining hall. Or how about when you get home from class late and the dining hall is closed. For all the times you can’t go to meal hall, or just don’t want to, here are 5 easy dinners you can cook in your dorm room using just a microwave, a knife, a plate, a mug, and a fork.
One of my absolute favourite dorm room dinners is microwave omelettes. These may be more similar in texture to scrambled eggs but they’re still delicious. I like to eat them straight, on a slice of bread, or in a wrap with some ketchup.
veggies finely chopped (I like red onions, peppers, and mushrooms)
a dash of milk (whatever kind suits you)
cooking spray or butter (optional but will help a lot with sticking)
Note: You can even pick up fresh veggies right on campus by visiting the DSU Market on Studley and Sexton campuses.
- If you’re using cooking spray or butter, coat your bowl (you can also use a plate as long as it has a rim).
- Beat your eggs, add your toppings, pour into your bowl.
- Microwave on high for 1.5–2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds or so to stir.
2. French toast in a cup
Feeling decadent but still want something reasonably healthy? Don’t want to go out and splurge on a nice dessert? Midterms got you down? This recipe works as breakfast, mid-day pick me up, and dessert.
1–2 slices of bread (doesn’t matter what kind)
1/2 tbsp of butter (or margarine)
1/2–1 egg (if you’re using a full egg use more bread)
2 tbsp of milk (whatever kind suits you)
cinnamon or vanilla (optional)
berries for topping (optional)
- Chop your bread into pieces.
- Coat your mug in butter so it doesn’t stick.
- Add your bread to your mug.
- Whisk your remaining ingredients together in a separate cup.
- Add egg mixture to bread.
- Microwave (start with 1 minute and add 15 seconds at a time from there).
3. Loaded sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are delicious and full of healthy brain-boosting nutrients. My favourite way to eat them is burrito style, topped with black beans, greens, tomatoes, avocado, and tahini, but you can really do anything. Some ideas: chili, taco meat, hot sauce, broccoli, basil, tahini mustard dressing, or sour cream. They’re also super cheap and filling and can be found year-round at the grocery store or at the Farmers’ Market.
1 sweet potato (I like to get one about the size of my hand for a main course, and half of that for a side)
toppings of choice
- Poke holes in your sweet potato (trust me don’t forget this step).
- Microwave (start with 5 minutes and increase in 2-minute increments, you know it’s done when it feels soft).
- Use a fork to shred the inside of the sweet potato.
- Add your toppings and dressing.
4. Gourmet ramen
When the craving for ramen hits, we’ve got you covered. Our recipe uses the same old ramen packets you buy from the grocery store but takes them up a few notches. This way you’ll be throwing a little nutrition into your standard salty delicious bowl of goodness.
1 ramen packet (I like the ones with the oil packet included)
greens (spinach, cabbage, bok choi)
whatever veggies you have on hand (carrots, broccoli, etc.)
sriracha sauce (optional)
miso paste (optional)
- Place your noodles in a bowl with some water and microwave for 1.5 minutes (add any longer-cooking veggies now too).
- Stir in your flavouring (either the miso paste or the sauce packet).
- Add your egg (see note below).
- Add your greens and veggies, and top with sriracha.
Note: You can either beat your egg and stir it through at the end so it forms ribbons, or you can poach it in the hot water. If you’re poaching it make sure your water is hot enough to cook it. If it isn’t, microwave it with the egg for 30 seconds before you add your veggies.
5. English muffin (or pita) pizzas
Have some English muffins lying around? Craving something a little indulgent but not full-blown pizza indulgent? This recipe is for you. It’s quick, easy, and reasonably healthy. That means it’s perfect for when you have 10 minutes between classes, or you just don’t have the energy to go get real food.
1 pita or English muffin
pizza toppings (olives, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, pepperoni, chicken)
pizza sauce (pasta sauce or barbeque sauce also works)
- Put some sauce on your base.
- Place your toppings on top.
- Finish off with some cheese.
- Microwave for 30–45 seconds, or until cheese is melted.
- Douse in ranch dressing and enjoy.
There you have it: 5 easy meals you can cook in your dorm room (or at home if you’re living off campus) for when you can’t, or just don’t want to, go to the cafeteria or make a big meal. Now get out and get cooking!
Have any great recipes everyone should know about? Leave them in the comments below.
Dani’s a master at cooking with just a microwave!