Dorm rooms don't come with stoves, so students must quickly learn how to get creative with a microwave if they don't want to be chained to the cafeteria for every meal they eat. With a bit of imagination and a few staple foods on hand, you can make some delicious meals and some healthy snacks without ever leaving your room.
Cheese Pita Snack
Cut a slice of cheese and place it in the middle of a piece of pita bread. Add anything else you want including leftover chicken, tuna or even a tablespoon of salsa. Fold the bottom edge of the pita directly below the cheese and then roll the pita around the cheese. The folded bottom prevents the contents from spilling when you eat it. Stick a toothpick in the middle of the rolled pita to keep it from unraveling and then cook it in the microwave on "High" for 30 to 40 seconds. Press down on the pita to spread the melted cheese inside -- be careful, it's hot. Add sour cream if you have it.
You can usually buy small cans of pizza sauce in the grocery store but if you can't find it, spaghetti sauce works just as well for microwave pizza. Put two halves of an English muffin in the toaster and when it's done, put a tablespoon of pizza sauce on top. Place a thin slice of mozzarella on top and then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds on "High." If you have it, add pepperoni, mushrooms, a slice of green pepper or anything you have to dress your pizza before you heat it.
If you don't mind going through a lot of paper towels, cooking bacon in the microwave is easy. Just put three or four paper towels on a plate and put on three or four slices of bacon in a single layer. Put two more paper towels on top and then put them in the microwave. Cook it on "High" for about five minutes or a bit longer if you like it crisp. Press a couple more paper towels down on the bacon to get rid of the excess grease and then put it on a sandwich or eat it right off the plate.
Oatmeal with a Twist
Having a box of microwaveable oatmeal on hand makes for a filling and nutritious breakfast before class. To add a bit of extra flavor to your oatmeal in the morning, just add a dash of maple syrup. For a late-night snack after a long cramming session, mix in a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips after it’s cooked. Throw in some mini-marshmallows and a crumbled graham cracker, and you'll have yourself an instant oatmeal s'more.
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