Dorm recipes: Microwave mug meals and munchies
Living in a dorm is hard. Roommate issues, cramped living quarters, and awkward social scenarios coupled with an intense workload and lack of sleep can put anyone on edge. Who actually thought it would be a good idea to pack hundreds of 18-year-olds away from home for the first time into a building together? It’s a recipe for disaster… (Please excuse my terrible culinary puns). At times, all you want to do is cook yourself something delicious and curl up in bed to watch Netflix. Unfortunately, your dorm room does not have a kitchen and the trek to Dewick or Carm is far too much effort. Whether you’re hungry, bored, cranky, or hung-over, I have the perfect solution: microwave mug meals. Stock your micro-fridge with a few crucial ingredients, and you can whip yourself up one of these mug snacks in no time.
Quiche in a Mug
This recipe, inspired by the Saint Louis Post’s version, is the only thing that will get you out of bed after a late night. I promise it’s worth it. Experiment by adding different veggies, meats, herbs, and spices.
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Salt & pepper
2 teaspoons goat cheese (or any cheese)
1/2 slice prosciutto, ham, or turkey
A sprinkle of herbs (thyme, chives, etc)
1. Beat the egg and milk together in your mug with a fork. Add salt, pepper, or other spices. (I recommend paprika). Stir in your goat cheese. Rip the prosciutto into small pieces and add. Scatter your herbs on top.
2. Microwave the mug on high until it appears done. It should take around 1 minute and 15 seconds. Once it’s done, dress it up with a bit of mustard or, if you’re looking for more of a kick, some chili pepper flakes or hot sauce.
“Baked” Mug Oatmeal
If you’re seeking a fast, nutritional and delicious option for a dorm room breakfast, look no further. Based off Food and Whine’s recipe, don’t hesitate to add whatever fruit you snagged from the dining hall last night. Or, add more honey and turn it into an addicting dessert.
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup milk
1/3 of a banana, mashed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 of an apple, chopped
2 teaspoon honey
1. Put the oats, egg and milk into your mug. Use a fork to mix it up well.
2. Add the banana, apple, cinnamon, and honey. Stir it again until fully mixed
3. Cook in microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
4. If you have any, add some yogurt or peanut butter for a nice garnish.
LUNCH OR DINNER:
If you love nachos (who doesn’t??), you’re definitely going to want a big mug for this one.
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheddar (or any type of cheese)
1. Crumble up a few tortilla chips, cover with cheese, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Repeat this until you have as many layers as can fit in your mug.
3. Microwave on high for around 45 seconds or until the cheese is fully melted.
4. Spoon on generous helpings of sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, and dig in with a fork!
1 cup of water
¼ cup of polenta
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
Milk or cream
1. Put the cup of water, the polenta, and a pinch of salt into your (large) mug and stir.
2. Microwave on high for 2.5 minutes.
3. Stir the contents and add a splash of milk or cream, if you have any. Cook again for about 2 more minutes or until sufficiently thickened.
4. Sprinkle your red pepper flakes and shredded cheese on top and mix. The best cheeses for this recipe are sharp, strong cheeses such as parmesan or asiago.
Optional: Top with veggies (see below)!
Although some of us foodies may shudder at the thought of cooking vegetables in the microwave, steaming veggies is an incredibly easy way to get your nutrients without leaving your dorm room. Plus, this New York Times article proves cooking vegetables in microwaves actually retains more vitamins than other methods, due to the shorter cooking time.
Your vegetable of choice. This works well with carrots, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, peas, bell peppers, and more.
1. Cut your vegetables into small pieces and put them into your mug
2. Add a spoonful or two of water, so it covers about 1/8 of the vegetable.
3. Cover your mug with plastic wrap or a lid and microwave for 2 minutes. Rotate the vegetables if necessary, then cook again for four minutes.
4. Test your veggies for proper steamed softness. Continue alternating sides and cooking for one minute intervals until they are tender.
For a complete microwave mug meal, add your vegetables to the cheesy polenta dish above.
This recipe, inspired by Brit & Co, is for the more ambitious mug chefs. It’s a great way to surprise your roomie with a homemade dorm room meal on his or her birthday.
1/2 tablespoons butter or oil
1 tablespoon of onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup rice
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of broth or water
1-2 tablespoons of white wine
Mushrooms and spinach (or peas, kale, herbs, etc)
1. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter or oil and a spoonful of chopped onions to your mug.
2. Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes. Stir it to distribute the butter/oil evenly.
3. Add 1/4 cup rice and 1/4 + 2 tablespoons of broth or water.
4. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Add additional broth if necessary. Repeat heating process.
5. After heating for a total of 4 minutes, add 1-2 tablespoons of wine to your mug. At this point you should also add your mushrooms and spinach (or whatever ingredients you choose).
6. Cover again with plastic wrap and heat for another 2 minutes. Everything should be fully cooked at this point. If not, continue to heating for 1 minute increments until done.
7. Add Parmesan and enjoy!
SNACKS AND DESSERT:
Although baking nuts in the oven or toasting them on the stove top is preferable, it turns out that microwaving nuts can also add depth to the texture and flavor. Put your favorite nuts (I recommend almonds, hazelnuts or peanuts) into a mug and cook them in 1-minute intervals on high, giving them a stir in between, until they have a crisp texture and a fragrant, toasted flavor. These are perfect for a cold winter afternoon! Toss on some salt, pepper and seasonings to spice it up. Or, for those of us with an insatiable sweet tooth, sprinkle on some brown sugar.
This perfectly-sized dessert is is incredibly easy to make and beyond satisfying.
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons sugar
1. Crack the egg into your mug and beat it.
2. Mix in all the other ingredients thoroughly.
3. Cook on high for 1.5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
4. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Add fresh fruit, nuts, or any other tasty toppings you have in your dorm room!
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