College students are known for miraculously surviving for four years on chips, pretzels, and instant meals, but it’s possible to make real food in minutes without leaving your dorm room! All you need is a microwave for these easy recipes.
Brownie in a Mug
4 tablespoons flour (I use rice or coconut flour)
1 tablespoon. cocoa flour
1/2 tablespoon chocolate hemp protein powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon soy milk (I use vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate chips (optional; I like the Enjoy Life non-dairy ones)
Spray a coffee cup with vegetable cooking spray. Stir in the dry ingredients, then mix in the liquid ingredients. Stir until smooth, then bake in the microwave for about a minute, checking if it’s done around 50 seconds.
4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
Scrub the potatoes and thinly slice them. Place parchment paper over the bottom of your microwave oven, and place a layer of potato slices on top. Cover the later with another sheet of parchment paper, then cook on high for 8 minutes or until the slices are brown and crispy. Remove the chips and allow them to cool.
2 cups rolled oats
3 ½ cups sweetened vanilla almond milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup dried tart cherries
Stir all the ingredients except the cherries together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are soft. Then stir in the cherries, and serve while hot.
2 pounds chopped apples
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine apples in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 minutes, then process the mixture in a blender until it’s smooth. Return it to the bowl, microwave for 5 more minutes, and store your finished product in the refrigerator. This is great on toast and biscuits, and it be used to replace oil, eggs, and butter in baked goods!
1 bunch flat-leaf kale (trim away ribs and cut leaves into 2-inch pieces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt to taste
Place kale pieces on a microwave-safe plate, then drizzle the olive oil on top and season with sea salt. Cook in the microwave for around 2 minutes or until crispy.
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