As a someone who doesn’t know how to cook (without resulting in disaster), microwaves are a godsend. They’re not just good for heating up takeaway, but also for cooking! Here are my top 5 idiot-proof microwave snacks!

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1. Brownie Mug Cake


Absolutely yum! Warm, dense chocolatey goodness is always appreciated on a rainy day, or after a long day of lectures, and this brownie mug cake can be made in under 10 minutes. Heads up: this recipe does require a few ingredients you might need to keep on hand in advance though, like flour and vanilla extract, if you’re not a regular baker. It’s definitely worth the extra effort though.


2. Cinnamon Sugar Oats

Recipe: Mine!

I adapted this recipe from one for plain ol’ microwave oats, which tastes alright but is largely improved by a little sugar and spice. I make this with 5-6 tablespoons of cooking oats, a cup of water (which you can substitute for milk, I’m just lactose intolerant), a couple of (generous) teaspoons of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Nuke it for 90 seconds, stir and leave to cool for a bit before digging in! This is pretty good for busy mornings when I’m rushing for class but don’t want to leave the house on an empty stomach. If cinnamon isn’t your thing, you can swap it out for fruits or any other toppings like a dollop of peanut butter to give your oats a bit more flavour.


3. Rice, Eggs and Veggies


Alright, this recipe’s a bit on the broke-student side, but it’s a filling meal that works when you’re on a budget! Fill a bowl with a cup of rice and 2 cups of water; leave that uncovered and nuke it for about 15-18 minutes or until the rice is soft and fluffy. The eggs can be cracked and stirred into the rice and microwaved for another 2 minutes or microwaved separately in another bowl with some soy sauce and pepper for 2 minutes. For the veggies, drizzle some cooking oil or some soy sauce on top of some sliced green beans and/or carrots and heat it up for 5 minutes. Voila! A dinner for 1 that can be prepped, cooked and eaten in under an hour, as everything can be cooked at the same time in the microwave.


4. ‘Baked’ Sweet Potato


A one-ingredient recipe that’ll fill you up and keep you going through all-nighters or afternoons of work! As the recipe goes, scrub your sweet potato clean, prick it all over with a fork and heat it up in the microwave until tender. Tip: If you want it a bit softer, soak a paper towel and wrap it around the potato while you heat it up, and set the timer to around 15 minutes to ensure you’ve got a soft and sweet snack! Finally, slice it in half and sprinkle salt on top, if that’s your thing.


5. Banana Bread in a Mug


To finish off on a sweet note, here’s a delicious recipe for banana bread (one of my favourite things in the world) which lets you use up any overripe bananas you’ve got lying around. It does call for a lot more ingredients than the other recipes so to save some $$$, split the cost of ingredients with a few friends and make a big batch of banana bread together! On the bright side, prepping and nuking the whole thing takes 6 minutes tops, making this a pretty quick snack, given that you’ve got everything needed. Tip: The baking soda can be missed out by doubling the amount of baking powder you use.


That’s all I’ve got to say for now, I hope y’all enjoy whipping up these easy treats in the kitchen, regardless of whether or not you can actually cook. See you next time!

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