Make quality meals in the microwave

By Beth Schumacher

College students are busy, and that’s nothing new. Chances are you don’t have time to make breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and the dining hall doesn’t always match your schedule.

At this point, the microwave has become your best friend. You don’t have to grab for the nearest TV dinner, though. Here are some microwave-friendly recipes to add to the book.

Get your fast breakfast burrito on

For breakfast, try a Cereal Bowl Egg and Cheese Burrito. This recipe, which comes from, calls for one microwave-safe cereal bowl, one medium tortilla, one large egg, one tablespoon shredded cheese of choice and one tablespoon of salsa. Line the cereal bowl with microwave-safe paper towels. Press the tortilla into the bowl. Crack the egg in the center of the tortilla and beat carefully, being conscious not to break the tortilla. Microwave on high for thirty seconds, then stir and continue microwaving until the egg is almost set–15 to 30 seconds longer. Carefully move the tortilla and paper towel lining from the bowl to a flat surface and top the egg with cheese and salsa. Fold the bottom of the burrito over the egg and fold in the sides.

Cook time: one minute.

KFC has nothing on the Makeshift Potato Bowl

Another great recipe you can’t go wrong with is the Makeshift Potato Bowl. This recipe, which comes from, calls for a microwave-safe bowl, one package of instant mashed potatoes, a can of corn, a can of green beans, some shredded cheese and a package of chicken tenders; I personally like buffalo chicken bites in mine. Drain the corn and green beans. Follow the directions to microwave your mashed potatoes and microwave halfway through. Add in the corn, green beans and chicken and resume microwaving; the microwave time will depend on the potato brand cooking time instructions. Once finished cooking, sprinkle cheese on top and let cool. This is fast, easy and delicious.

No oven? No problem for this chocolate cake

This last recipe is possibly the coolest I’ve found. The Chocolate Mug Cake recipe was found at and calls for a small bowl, one large coffee mug, four tablespoons cake flour, four tablespoons brown sugar, two tablespoons cocoa powder, a pinch of baking powder, a pinch of salt, one beaten egg, three tablespoons milk, three tablespoons oil and two to three drops of vanilla or coconut. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the egg, oil and milk; mix well. Grease the mug and pour all of the mixture in. Microwave on high for two minutes and 30 seconds. Let cool and sprinkle with confectionery sugar, frosting, caramel or whatever other topping your sweet tooth desires.

There are several more appealing microwave recipes out there. You’d be surprised just how many options you have.