College meals that are microwave friendly may leave you scratching your head for new ideas. Pre-packed foods get old after awhile and they aren’t exactly cheap on a student budget.
That’s why I put together this article with 30 easy recipes that you can make in your dorm room! No special cooking skills or tools needed.
You will want to have your basics, though.
That’s just stuff like a mug, bowl, plate and utensils. Things you probably already have or can pick up at a garage sale.
I DO recommend investing in microwave cover. It’ll keep those food spatters off the inside of the microwave and make clean up so much easier.
Now let’s get to those college meal ideas!
I even sorted the recipes by type, so you can quickly find what you’re looking for:
30 Easy Microwave College Meals for Dorm Living
Blueberry Pancakes in a Jar
Yep, you CAN still enjoy pancakes in your college dorm thanks to this easy mug recipe! It calls for blueberries, but I bet you could substitute other mix-ins like strawberries or cinnamon, too.
Microwave Poached Egg
If I knew poached eggs were THIS easy to make I would probably have them more often. Put one on a slice of toast for a quick breakfast meal.
Two Minute Breakfast Burritos
These breakfast burritos are nothing fancy, but they get the job done. Plus, in the long run it’s much cheaper than eating out!
Microwave Breakfast in a Cup
Don’t these breakfast cups look yummy?? Simplicity and deliciousness all rolled into one makes for great college meals.
Crispy Microwave Bacon
Make awesome crispy bacon with just your microwave and a couple pieces of dishware. I’ve never heard of this trick before I ran across this recipe!
Strawberry Microwave Breakfast Bowl
For those college meals when you want something a little fancier than eggs, this strawberry breakfast bowl recipe will come in handy. Add a little milk of choice over top or eat it as is!
Scrambled Eggs in the Microwave
…and for for those days where you do want eggs for breakfast, this scrambled egg recipe will make it easy on you! The best part is it only takes 3 minutes.
If you think that the microwave isn’t suited for cooking healthier foods, you’re wrong. This microwave quinoa is one of many college meals you can make.
2 Minute Cheese Quesadillas
Quesadillas – classic, uber easy and tasty. Add this college meal to your microwave repertoire.
10 Minute Microwave Enchiladas
Up next on this list of college meals you can make in a microwave are these KICK ASS enchiladas. I never would have even thought to attempt cooking something this!
Make sure to use a microwave safe glass dish like this.
Boiled Pasta in the Microwave
If you know how to boil pasta in the microwave your meal options really open up! Cook noodles of your choice and serve with a sauce you love.
Easy peasy meal!
Microwave Mug Pizza
If you can’t afford to order out, a version of homemade pizza is the next best thing. And because it’s in a mug, clean up is quick.
Cross two college meals together and you get this tortilla pizza. Because you just can’t go wrong with pizza!
Microwave Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug
Classic comfort food deserves a spot on this list of easy college meals. And mac n’ cheese is THE poster child for comfort foods.
With this mug recipe, there’s no box required!
White potatoes are full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals, this microwave recipe could be used for sweet potatoes, too. Load it up with any toppings you like!
Parmesan Herb Microwave Spaghetti Squash
Veggies are an important part of a well rounded diet, and this spaghetti squash recipe makes them go down easily. It makes enough to save some for later, cook once – eat twice!
Egg Fried Rice in a Mug
Sneak those veggies in with ease when you make this egg fried rice meal. Healthier than take out, but still delicious!
Sweet Potato Chips
You can skip the chip aisle at the store, because you can make them from the comfort of your dorm room. SO cool!
Homemade Microwave Spaghetti-Ohs in a Mug
Spaghetti-ohs take me back to childhood. Make it just using a microwave and a mug, now that’s easy!
5 Minute Vegetarian Burrito Bowl
Yummy vegetarian food is super possible to add in to your college meals. I love how creative this recipe is!
Microwave Mushroom Risotto
Bet you didn’t think you could make classic Italian dishes with your microwave, cause neither did I! Add some pre-grilled chicken for protein and call it good.
Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Cheesy broccoli soup is one my favorite soups! This is almost the same thing, except with rice.
On some days, nachos are what’s needed to hit the spot. This easy microwave nacho recipe will help quell those cravings.
Easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding
This pudding recipe is just as easy as the box, but tastes better. This is just one option to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Harry Potter Butterbeer Cake in a Mug
The Harry Potter fan in me totally LOVES this recipe! I’m sure others will ask you how you made it, too.
‘Cause fans are everywhere!
Microwave Cinnamon Apples
Dress up an apple with this uber easy college microwave meal. Reminds me of apple pie without all the extra work.
Rice krispie treats are a fav sweet treat of mine. Make enough for just you when powering through a late night study session.
S’more Mug Cake
S’mores in a mug; just like regular s’mores but with less mess! Takes me back to memories of summer camping trips.
Dulce De Leche Microwave Flan
It looks fancy but it’s actually easy to “bake” in the microwave. I’m super impressed with this flan recipe!
1-Minute Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie
Finally on this list of easy college meals we have a timeless classic:
The microwave cookie! It’s ooey and gooey in all the right places.
Which microwave college meal are you going to try first?
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