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The Megawatt Menu

By Sydney Meyer
On September 24, 2017

Photo by: Ashley Alonzo

Microwaves have suffered quite the controversy due to the theory that they can cause cancer. Can they truly alter DNA? Does reheating pasta actually make it healthier? Whether or not you subscribe to such beliefs, most can agree microwaves are quite useful, especially when you’ve been living off dining hall food for the past month.

That being said, I’m not sure frozen dinners qualify as “better” alternative than dining hall food, but if you’re craving an outlet for your culinary prowess, looking to eat something more creative than a burger, this is the article for you.


Brunch on the weekends is a nice idea, in theory, but if you’re like most people you’re hungry long before 10 o’clock. Enjoy the most important meal of the day with these recipes below.

French Toast

With a few slices of bread, an egg, and lots of syrup, you can make yourself a breakfast for champions. 


French Toast

(In a mug)

Serves: 1

Cook Time: 20 min.



2 pieces of bread

1 tbsp butter

1 egg

3 tbsp milk


Vanilla extract



1: Cube the bread

2: Melt butter in your mug of choice, and slosh it around, greasing the sides of the mug.

3: In a separate bowl, mix milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

4: Place cubed bread into mug, and pour mixture over bread.

5: Let bread sit for a minute, absorbing the moisture.

6: Cook mug for one minute, adding time in 10-second increments, until it’s complete.

7: Add syrup



Modified from Pretty Prudent





Bacon. In the microwave. Need I say more?

To make your bacon, just layer paper towels on a plate, place bacon on top of the paper towels, and cover with another layer of paper towels. Microwave for 30 seconds per each piece.

Make an egg to go with it by cracking an egg into the mug, poking the yolk with a fork and microwaving it in thirty second intervals until the egg is cooked.


If you’re in the mood for something more fulfilling than what the dining hall has to offer, try these lunch/dinner ideas to impress your friends.


Who knew you could create such a masterpiece with just five different ingredients and ten short minutes? You don’t even need to invite anyone to share it; the smell alone will draw a crowd to your room.



Serves: 4

Cook Time: 10 min.



2.5 c. enchilada sauce

12 corn tortillas

2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken

1 c. shredded cheese

1/2 c. fresh cilantro



1. Spread 1/2 enchilada sauce over the bottom of a 9X13 pan.

2. Mix cilantro, chicken, and 1 c. enchilada sauce together.

3. Dip each tortilla in the remaining enchilada sauce, fill with chicken mixture, and roll.

4. Place in the pan and repeat with other tortillas.

5. Spread remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

6. Microwave for 5-7 minutes.



Recipe adapted from Flippin’ Delicious.





Microwavable meatloaf? Serve it with extra ketchup and some green beans, and you’ll be on your way to chef status.



Serves: 1

Cook Time: 3 min.



2 tbsp milk

1 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp quick-cooking oats

1 tsp. onion flakes

1/4 lb ground beef


1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

2. Spray mug with cooking spray and put mixture inside.

3. Cover and microwave on high for three minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.

4. Let stand 3 minutes.



Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.




Salmon with Sriracha Sauce

Who says date-night has to break the bank? Don’t waste money trying to impress your significant other when you can make a five-star meal in your own dorm room. You might want to clean up a bit first …



With Sriracha Sauce

Serves: 1

Cook Time: 5 min.



1 single-portion salmon filet


2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp sriracha sauce

2-3 lemon wedges

1 tbsp parsley



1. Rinse salmon.

2. Place salmon, skin side down, in a microwave-safe container.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

4. In a separate bowl, combine sriracha and mayonnaise.

5. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the salmon.

6. Add lemon slices and parsley, and cover the dish with plastic wrap.

7. Microwave for 3.5 minutes.

8. Check the center of the fish -- it should be flaky.

9. If there is any uncooked fish, microwave for another 30-45 seconds.




For another version, try spreading honey over the salmon for a honey-glazed version.

Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life




Chicken and Dumplings

Sometimes, you just need comfort food. Feel right at home after you cook up the microwave version of chicken and dumplings.


Chicken and Dumplings

Serves: 4

Cook Time: 15 min.



2 c. chicken broth

1/4 c. flour

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 c. frozen mixed veggies

2 tbsp butter, cut in pieces


2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken


1/2 c. flour

1/4 c. yellow cornmeal

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 c. milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil


1. Whisk chicken broth and flour in an 8X8 baking dish until there are no lumps. Then stir in onion, butter, salt and pepper.

2. Cover with plastic wrap and cut a small slit in the center to vent steam.

3. Microwave for 5 minutes.

4. Carefully remove dish from microwave, whisk once more, and then microwave again, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Add milk and oil in the center, and stir it until it comes together.

6. Take dish from microwave, whisk the broth again, and then stir in chicken and mixed veggies.

7. Arrange rounded teaspoons of dough (about 16 dumplings) around the perimeter of the bowl.

8. Cover dish with new piece of plastic wrap and cut slit in the center.

9. Microwave for 6 minutes. If dumplings are not puffed or cooked through, microwave again in 30 second increments, or until done.



Recipe adapted from Food Network.





What could possibly be greater than a microwaveable dessert?


Baked Apples


Baked Apples

Serves: 1

Cook Time: 2 min.



1 apple

Spoonful of sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cornstarch

1 tbsp water


1. Slice apple and place in freezer-quality Ziploc bag, along with the other ingredients.

2. Open bag just a bit, to allow venting.

3. Microwave 2 minutes, or longer if necessary.



Recipe adapted from Salad in a Jar.

Enjoy this over icecream, oatmeal, or snickerdoodle cookies.




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