Every College student struggles to maintain a healthy diet. With junk foods being the cheapest option and healthy meals being hard to cook in a dorm room, it is essential to find ways to cook healthy meals on a budget in a dorm room. Check out these seven must-try healthy microwave foods for your college student.
- Baked Sweet Potato- We all know we can bake a potato in the microwave, so why not mix it up and bit and bake a tasty sweet potato in the microwave? This is one the easiest foods you can make, simply prick the potato all over with a fork, and cook for 8-10 minutes in the microwave. Afterward, season to flavor with salt, pepper, butter and brown sugar. For added sweetness you can add a few marshmallows too.
- Scrambled Eggs– Never skip a healthy breakfast again! Simply add eggs, milk, seasonings and cheese to taste, whisk into a bowl, cook for two minutes and done. For a fluffy texture, mix up the eggs every 30-45 seconds. Cook your eggs in a mug for a small circular shape to make egg sandwiches for breakfast as well!
- Single Serve Mac and Cheese – By first cooking your desired amount of noodles in a mug (roughly for 5-7 minutes), then adding cheese and milk and cooking for 30-45 seconds, this treat is ready almost faster than a regular box of mac and cheese! Try with various types of pasta adding different sauces in mug serving sizes as well. The options are large if you just make the serving size smaller so that a large pot is not required.
- Kale Chips- This one is easy and very healthy. If you want a tasty and easy way to get in your daily dose of vegetables this immune system-boosting leafy green is perfect! Simply clean and cut to desired size, add oil and salt and cook in the microwave until crispy like potato chips. This can also be done on the barbeque if your kitchen is not limited to a microwave forever.
- Most Vegetables– Almost every vegetable can be cooked in the microwave. From carrots to broccoli to artichokes, there is a microwave recipe for them all. Simply look up the type of vegetable you want to eat and how to cook it in the microwave. You will be surprised by the variety of options for cooking vegetables without using a full kitchen.
- Quinoa– One cup rinsed quinoa and two cups of water in one large microwave safe, covered dish. Microwaves for 7 minutes, stirring after 5. Let stand for 5-10 minutes and enjoy! Serve with the veggies you just cooked in the microwave and you have a complete meal! If quinoa isn’t your thing, any type of rice can be cooked using the same method in the microwave as well!
- Filet of Salmon– Rinse and place filet of Salmon skin down in microwave safe dish. Season to flavor with mayonnaise, lemon or just salt and pepper. Cover dish tightly with lid or microwave safe plastic wrap. Cook for 3 minutes and check for doneness, cook for additional 30 seconds until finished. Serve with quinoa, rice or veggies and enjoy.