Microwave Cooking

As the semester comes to a close, you’re all out of Dining Dollars, you (probably) only have finals left so you probably don’t want to add Clipper Cash to your account, and you don’t have any cash on you. You haven’t been working because you’ve been studying, so your bank account isn’t looking too hot either. You’re bored of the food in the dining hall, so what do you do? The answer is simple: Use your Microwave.

I’m not talking about frozen, TV Dinners. I’m talking about good food. Baked potatoes, omelet, broccoli and cheese, and mug cakes. Most of these ingredients can be found at White Dove, Outtakes, or you could go to Market Basket — shuttles go every Sunday! Here are the recipes!


Microwave Baked Potato


What you need:

  • 1 Large Russet Potato
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 teaspoons sour cream



  1. Scrub the potato, and prick several times with a fork. Don’t stab it! Be careful. You need to poke it so steam can get out. If you don’t poke it, your potato will explode. Be safe everyone! Place the potato on a plate.
  2. Cook on full power in the microwave for five minutes. Turn over, then cook for five more minutes. When the potato is soft, remove it from the microwave and cut it in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then mash up the inside a little using your fork. Top the open sides with butter and 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Return to the microwave and cook for about one minute to melt the cheese.
  3. Top with the remaining cheese and sour cream, and it’s done!!


Omelet in a Mug

mug omelet

What you need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon diced green bell pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • a mug



  1. Combine egg, egg whites, cheddar cheese, ham, bell pepper, salt, and ground pepper in a microwave-safe mug coated with non-stick spray.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir. Return to microwave and cook until eggs are completely set, 1-1.5 minutes longer. That’s it!!!


Quick and Simple Broccoli and Cheese

broccoli and cheese

What you need:

  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen broccoli florets— they sell some that you can steam in the microwave, get that!
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese



  1. Steam the broccoli as the directions on the package say. Put in a microwave safe casserole dish — a mug will also work.
  2. Pour melted butter over broccoli (use more or less, to taste) and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over the top and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until cheese is melted. And that’s it! Let cool and eat up!


Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

mug cake

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (depending on how chocolatey you want your cake
  • 1 microwave-safe mug



  1. In the mug, crack egg, add powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk together with a small whisk until well mixed.
  3. Microwave for 50-60 seconds, until the cake is cooked through (but not overcooked!).
  4. Top immediately with a handful of milk chocolate chips, hot fudge, whipped cream, or ice cream. Yum!!


So whether you just missed hours at the dining hall on the weekend or if you don’t want to walk over, you can make something right in your dorm! These are only a few of the recipes online, if you don’t like these there’s bound to be something you like! 🙂


Good luck with finals and if you need anything, stop by the First Year Experience Office in Meier Hall 100A, give us a call at (978) 542 – 2618, or email us at firstyear@salemstate.edu!


-FYM Kaitlynn


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