Between long days at the office, summer classes that seem to drag on for hours and busy summer schedules, collegiettes are forced to master the art of saving time. During the busy week, 6 p.m. hits and the thought of making a healthy, home-cooked dinner seems absolutely ridiculous. The task is even more daunting when the only kitchen appliance in your apartment is a microwave. While delivery and takeout offer ease and convenience, there are ways to avoid this temptation, saving both your diet and your wallet.
We’ve scoured popular food blogs and cooking channels for DIY microwave meal inspiration and we have come up with easy, affordable, delicious, and most importantly, healthy meal options. Whether you need a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner, side, or dessert, HC has got you covered!
Making stovetop oatmeal can be a hassle. If you’re pressed for time, but are craving a hot breakfast, this microwavable version is for you. The oats are a healthy dose of protein, which will satisfy your hunger for longer, and the pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. What better way to start your day than with a homemade and delicious bowl of oatmeal?
½ cup quick cooking rolled oats
¼ cup and 2 Tbsp. skim milk, or as needed
¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon sugar
* ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and/or ginger if you have it on hand
Mix together oats and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for one to two minutes, stirring once. Add more milk or oats to achieve the desired consistency and then cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in pumpkin puree and cinnamon, sugar and any other additional spices. Microwave for another 15 seconds and enjoy!
Frittatas are typically thought of as a breakfast food, but they are actually a fantastic lunch option as well. The eggs provide protein and depending on what veggies you have on hand it can be an excellent way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. The following recipe is just one suggestion, but feel free to play around with the ingredients and find what flavor combinations satisfy your taste buds.
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped red pepper
¼ cup broccoli
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until melted. Add onion, red pepper and broccoli. Cover and microwave on high for one minute. Stir in eggs, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for one to two minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for about three minutes, so the frittata can set.