The semester is winding down. Or maybe it’s winding up because finals are almost here. Now more than ever, it is tricky to cram in time to make a meal while you’re cramming for your exams. Fortunately, here are a few terrific microwave tips to save the day.
On Heating Two Bowls Simultaneously
So you were trying to be a buddy to your roommate by heating bowl of left over chow mien for her, too. But you really don’t have an extra two minutes to wait for each dish to heat up on its own, and the microwave is not wide enough to hold both dishes. This might sound like a first world problem, but there is a convenient solution. Grab an empty coffee mug and perch one of the bowls on this mini lift. Problem solved.
Left Over Pizza to Perfection
There are two annoying things about reheating pizza in the microwave. Number one is that the cheese is either too cold or so piping hot and stringy that you can’t get it five feet from your mouth without severely burning your tongue. Number two is the inevitable problem of making mushy and stale microwaved crust. While there is still no balance help for problem one, number two does have a solution. Next time you warm up a slice of pizza, try placing a glass of water on the plate next to it. This will keep the crust from becoming overly chewy. Make sure that it is a glass cup as plastic and microwaves should not be mixed.
Healthy and Filling
One of the classic favorites when it comes to microwave cooking is broccoli and a baked potato. All you have to do is bake your potato in the microwave first for several minutes, according to College Fed’s instructions. Then place your broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl, add water and cover with a microwave safe plate. Cook them for a few minutes until the broccoli is steamed to the texture you prefer. Now all you have to do is assemble the potato and let some cheese melt all over the top. You can also add a dollop of sour cream and some bacon bits to create the ultimate comfort food.
Eggs in a Cup
You have probably already heard of the multiple cake and brownie in a mug recipes floating around. I tried one that was supposed to be coffee cake microwaved in a mug. While it wasn’t exactly like the real thing, it was interesting. Well, did you know that you can also make breakfast in a mug? Just crack an egg and whisk it up with a little milk and some shredded cheese. Then heat it up until the egg is completely cooked. This is perfect for dorms where a stove top is not an option.
The Greatest Study Incentive Ever
This last tip is completely un-microwave related. But it is one of the best tips I’ve heard in a while. Strategically place gummy bears at the bottom of every page or every paragraph depending on how laborious your textbook seems. And then enjoy an occasional yummy reward as you breeze through reading faster than ever before.
So if you are starving your way through South University programs, these microwaveable recipes should come to the rescue. And if all else fails, at least there are gummy bears.
By Jessica Socheski, a freelance writer who is passionate about good eating. You can connect with her on Twitter.
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