Just add a microwave: Residence hall-friendly recipes for college students

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Dining halls at MU are convenient, with a variety of options and staff that does all the work for you. 

But if you're hungry when the dining halls are closed, or you're looking for an escape from salad bars and french fries, here are quick and tasty recipes to make using a microwave — and little else. 


This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and is good if you've slept in a bit or don't want to go to the dining hall by yourself before class.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onion, diced (optional; use desired amount)

Beat eggs well and add milk, salt and pepper. Then stir in diced onion. Cook in microwave on high for two minutes and then stir. Cook another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. 



This chicken salad can be prepared in advance, and it makes more than enough for multiple meals. 

  • 1 can chicken (check near the canned tuna to find this at a grocery store)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced

Mix ingredients and refrigerate. 



This is a good option for a late-night snack or a quick dinner.

  • 1 tortilla
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chicken or bacon (optional)

Cover half the tortilla with shredded cheese and choice of meat and fold it over. Make sure if using meat that it is cooked prior to making quesadilla. Microwave for 30 seconds. After the quesadilla cools, slice it in half and cover with salsa or sour cream. 


This recipe is simple and allows for endless possibilities.

  • 1 pita, opened
  • 3 tablespoons pasta or pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Choice of vegetables and (cooked) meat

Spread sauce and sprinkle cheese on pita bread. Add vegetables and meat, and cook on high in microwave for one minute. 


Take a study break and enjoy this delicious treat. 

  • 4 graham cracker squares (2 rectangles broken in half)
  • 2 chocolate bar pieces
  • 2 large marshmallows

Place one cracker square  on a paper towel, and top with chocolate and a marshmallow. Microwave for 15 seconds or until the marshmallow puffs. Remove and cover with other cracker.  

Easy Mac, ramen noodles and soup are also good options for microwave meals. 

When cooking in the microwave, it's important to make sure that dishes are microwave-safe. Glass and ceramic plates and bowls are the best options. When shopping for dishes, check the label on the bottom. Most will say whether or not the dish is suitable for the microwave.

It's also a good idea to have plastic containers and Saran wrap for leftovers.

Other quick snacks when you've overslept, are in a hurry or need to eat between classes are: granola bars, fruit snacks, small cans of chicken or tuna and water in a refillable bottle. 

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