College is a time of cheap eating, but that does not mean what you are eating cannot be delicious. 

Whether living on or off campus, many of students have access to a microwave. The great thing about having a microwave handy is there are so many things one can prepare in a small amount of time. 

Making something simple and good to eat does not have to be complicated. Besides, there are only so many times you can eat Ramen noodles before you get tired of them.

With some basic ingredients, you can turn a snack into a meal. But what does this mean? Just by adding a few extra ingredients to something, or by mixing basic ingredients together, you can have something so much better than what you did before.

So, here’s a list of recipes to help get you through the semester:

Rice

Yield: 1
Prep time: 2 minutes
Total time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

Parboiled rice - 1 cup

Butter - 2 tablespoons

Water - 2 cups

Salt - 1 teaspoon

Directions

Pour the rice into a microwavable cup or bowl. Add the water, butter and salt. Stir until the rice is submerged. Place it in the microwave, and cook for 10 minutes. Let it cool, and enjoy.

Scrambled eggs

Yield: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 3.5 minutes

Ingredients

Eggs - however many you want

Salt - optional, season to taste

Pepper - optional, season to taste

Cheese - optional, however much your cheesy heart desires

Directions

Crack egg(s) into microwave-safe bowl, and beat with a fork. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for a minute and 30 seconds. Remove from microwave, and add optional ingredients. Enjoy.

Mac and Cheese

Yield: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Elbow macaroni - 1/2 cup

Water - 1/2 cup

Milk - 3 tablespoons

Salt - optional, season to taste

Pepper - optional, season to taste

Shredded Cheese - 1/4 cup

Chives - optional garnish

Directions

Mix the macaroni, water and salt in a microwaveable mug. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir. Add the milk, cheese, salt and pepper, and stir again. Microwave for another 30 seconds, stir and garnish with a sprinkle of chives. Enjoy!

Brownie in a Mug

Yield: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

Butter - 2 tablespoons

Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup

Milk - 1/4 cup

Sugar - 3 tablespoons

Cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons

Brown sugar - 1 tablespoon

Vanilla extract - 1/2 teaspoon

Self-rising flour - 2 tablespoons

Egg - 1

Directions

In a small bowl, melt the butter in a microwave. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Microwave mixture for 10 to 15 seconds if needed. Add the egg, milk, sugar, vanilla, brown sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth. Add in flour. Pour batter into mug, making sure to only fill halfway. Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds. Let cool, and enjoy.

Oatmeal

Yield: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

Rolled oats - 1 cup

Milk - 1 cup

Water - 1 cup

Ground cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon

Optional ingredients: almonds, peanut butter or fruit to taste

Directions

Combine oats, milk, water and cinnamon in a bowl. Microwave for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool and thicken. Stir and enjoy.

Baked Potato

Yield: 1

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 22 minutes

Ingredients

Russet potato - 1

Optional ingredients: butter, salt, cheese or bacon bits to taste

Directions

Wash potato with cold water and pat dry. Poke a line of holes onto the top and bottom of the potato to avoid an explosion. Put the potato on plate and microwave for 10 minutes. Flip the potato to other side and microwave for 10 more minutes. Let cool slightly. Cut open and add any optional ingredients and dig in.

Quesadilla

Yield: 1

Prep time: 1 minute

Total time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

Tortilla - one

Shredded cheese - 1/2 cup

Optional Ingredients: cooked meat, sour cream and salsa to taste

Directions

Lay a tortilla flat on a plate. Add cheese and any other optional ingredients and fold over. Microwave for one to one and a half minutes. Let cool. Enjoy.

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