My College Life Saver: How a Dorm Microwave Made Life Easier and More Delicious

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Written by Charaf Mrah

Hi there! I'm a Software Engineering major currently studying in college. The purpose of this website is to share my learnings and insights with you, in the hopes of providing value and assistance to those who may need it.

Updated May 1, 2023

Hey there, fellow college students and food enthusiasts! Are you tired of skipping breakfast or settling for bland, uninspiring meals as you rush through your busy mornings?

Fear not, for I have a game-changing solution that will transform your breakfast experience!

In this post, I’ll share how my trusty microwave has become my ultimate life-saver, providing me with quick, delicious, and fulfilling meals that keep me energized and ready to tackle the day. So grab your microwave-safe bowl and get ready to revolutionize your mornings with tasty, nutritious, and time-saving recipes that will have you looking forward to breakfast every single day!

The Microwave: A College Student’s Best Friend

You might be wondering why a microwave is such a big deal. Well, let me tell you, it has become my go-to appliance for late-night snack cravings, saving money on meals, quick and easy meal prep, and gaining independence in my eating habits. Plus, it’s super convenient and easy to use!

Making the Most Out of Your Microwave

A. Dos and Don’ts for Microwave-Safe Containers

I quickly learned which materials are safe for microwaving and avoided anything metal. Stick to microwave-safe materials like glass, ceramics, and plastics.

B. Cleaning and Maintenance

I discovered some quick cleaning hacks, like using a bowl of water and lemon juice to steam-clean my microwave. It keeps it smelling fresh and looking great. Here’s the method I use:

  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for another 2 minutes to allow the steam to loosen any grime.
  4. Carefully remove the bowl (it’ll be hot!) and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth.

Microwave Recipes That Rock My World

A. Quick Breakfast Ideas

Microwave Oatmeal: A Fast, Fulfilling, and Healthy Breakfast

Oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice, especially for college students who need something quick, nutritious, and filling to start their day. It’s packed with fiber and essential nutrients, making it a fantastic energy booster to keep you going throughout the day. Here’s how you can make a delicious bowl of oatmeal in just a few minutes using your microwave:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of water, milk, or a milk alternative like almond milk for added flavor and creaminess. You can also add a pinch of salt if you prefer.
  2. Microwave the oat mixture on high for 2-3 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overflow. Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage, so adjust accordingly.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave, as it will be hot. Give the oatmeal a good stir and let it sit for a minute or two to thicken up.
  4. Customize your oatmeal with your favorite toppings! You can add fresh or dried fruits, nuts, seeds, honey, maple syrup, or a sprinkle of cinnamon. The possibilities are endless and allow you to create a delicious and satisfying breakfast that’s perfect for your taste buds.

With microwave oatmeal, you can enjoy a fast and fulfilling breakfast that will fuel your college days with minimal effort. Just a few minutes in the microwave, and you’re ready to tackle the day ahead!

Microwave French Toast:

  • In a microwave-safe mug, mix 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup milk, a dash of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Add 1-2 slices of cubed bread and press down to soak up the mixture.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the egg is cooked through.

B. Easy Lunch Options

Loaded Baked Potato:

  • Pierce a medium-sized potato several times with a fork.
  • Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, or until soft.
  • Slice open the potato, add toppings like cheese, sour cream, and chives, then microwave for another 30 seconds to melt the cheese.

Healthy Rice Bowl:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup of your favorite veggies, and a protein like cooked chicken or tofu.
  • Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  • Top with soy sauce or your favorite sauce for extra flavor.

C. Simple and Satisfying Dinners

Microwave Pasta:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup of pasta, enough water to cover the pasta, and a pinch of salt.
  • Microwave on high for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.
  • Drain the pasta and add your favorite sauce and toppings.

Steamed Veggies and Proteins:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add your choice of chopped veggies (broccoli, carrots, etc.) and a protein like diced chicken or tofu.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of water and cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate or lid.
  • Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, or until the veggies are tender and the protein is heated through.
  • Season with your favorite herbs, spices, or sauce.

D. Late-Night Snacks

Mug Cake:

  • In a microwave-safe mug, mix 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, 3 tablespoons of milk, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until the cake is cooked through.
  • Enjoy with whipped cream or ice cream on top!

Cheesy Nachos:

  • On a microwave-safe plate, spread out a layer of tortilla chips.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese and your favorite toppings (jalapeños, black olives, etc.) over the chips.
  • Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Top with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.


If you’re a college student like me, I highly recommend investing in a dorm microwave. It has saved me time, and money, and made my meals way more enjoyable. With the cleaning method I shared and these delicious recipes, you’ll make the most out of your microwave in no time. Wishing you all a fun and delicious college journey!

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