Vegetarian-friendly microwave recipes?

I'm a college student living on campus and next semester, to save a bit of money, I'm getting the least expensive meal plan I can get. This means I won't be able to eat in the dining halls for every meal. I have a mini fridge and a microwave, but I'd rather not have ramen, easy mac, and TV dinners for every meal.

So, does anyone know of some easy and cheap vegetarian-friendly recipes that can be made in the microwave? Preferably nothing made with tofu, since I don't really like the texture of microwaved tofu. I'm searching for recipes on Google, but it'd be great if anyone could point me to some good websites/cookbooks to look at.


I do have access to a stove, but since 1 small kitchen is being shared by a whole large building, I want to mostly have on hand recipes that I can quickly make on my own without having to wait for someone to get done using the kitchen. But, a few simple stovetop recipes certainly wouldn't hurt.

4 Answers

  • lulu77
    Lv 5
    8 years ago
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    Do you have a blender? Here is a black bean soup recipe:

    1 can of black beans

    1/2 cup - 1 cup vegetable broth or water (depending on how thick or thin you want the soup)

    1/2 cup salsa

    1/4 cup diced red onion

    1/2 cup corn

    1/2 cup diced bell pepper

    Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste

    Just blend the black beans and broth/water in the blender (or I guess you could mash them up if you don't have one), the. add the other ingredients and you can heat it either on the stove or in the microwave.

    You could, when you have access to the stove, cook a bunch of quinoa or rice and keep it in the fridge to mix with microwable stuff. Like get some steam-in-the-bag stir fry veggies and teriyaki sauce. Or pinto beans, green peppers, tomato, lime juice, and cilantro. Yummy with either rice or quinoa.

    You could also mix garbanzo beans, red onion (one red onion goes a long way with me lol), diced cucumber, diced tomato, garlic powder, lemon juice, and a little feta cheese. You don't even have to heat that one up :-). Sorry for the lack of measurements on that I usually try to get equal amounts of everything in there.

    Hope this helped!

  • 8 years ago

    There are options but microwave cooking has its limits. Do you have any access to a hob or oven r toaster? It really opens your options and is SO much cheaper than eating in dining halls or ready meals.

    Fresh veg can cook ok in the microwave. It takes a bit of practice, so if it first fails do try again(Often takes a lot of stop-stir-start type technique to get an even cook). Starchy foods like potatoes, rice and pasta take about the same time in a microwave as on a hob. Baked spuds are an easy staple, my son lived on baked potato with cheese and beans when he was a teenager. It may be worth investing in some microwave cookware which enable multiple ingredients to be cooked in the best manner - you can get steamer, little saucepans, and storage boxes with steam vents which can go straight from freezer to microwave.

    A little known fact is microwaves make amazing cakes. They rise amazingly and take a fraction of time to cook. They don't go brown and crispy obviously but taste delicious with custard. Of course microwaves are great for reheating things, but more than just microwave meals. You can get some pretty good soups, casseroles, sauces, rice pudding, etc all much cheaper than eating out.

    You aren;t going to be able to make a passable homemade vegetable boloignaise with pasta in a microwave but will hopefully save a few pennies.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Boca, Morningstar Farms, Amy's Kitchen, and Lightlife are brands of vegetarian foods that can be found at the frozen and fruit and vegetable aisles at pathmark, stop & shop, and supermarkets that sell organic foods. Here are some easy to make recipes Spaghetti with vegetable ground crumbles. Ingredients: Spaghetti, Tomato sauce, and Boca's Ground Crumbles(vegan) Bake or fry the ground crumbles. Season them with salt and pepper. Boil your pasta. Cook your sauce in a pan, and be sure to add water as needed. Once everything is done, drain your pasta, put the sauce over the spaghetti, and add the ground crumbles. Boca's Chicken nuggets(vegan nuggets) with french fries. Bake or fry the french fries. Bake or microwave the vegan chicken nuggets. Serve them with juice or milk. Lightlife Veggie Ham and cheese Get some lightlife ham, add regular cheese or vegan cheese If they don't eat cheese, put some mustard or ketchup on the sandwich, instead. Get some fresh pears or apples to eat with the sandwich. Boca veggie burger with baked or mashed potatoes Make the burger in the oven. Boil the potatoes. Add salt to the potatoes. Morningstar Veggie Ribs(vegan) with sweet potatoes and corn Put the Veggie Ribs in the oven. Put the sweet potatoes in the oven. Put the corn in the oven, or boil them. Burgerking sells a veggie burger value meal. You could order it without the mayonaise to make it kid friendly. Or you could order it plain, if they don't like lettuce or tomatoes. And you could get apple fries instead of regular fries and juice instead of soda.

  • Brook
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    I would buy plenty of dried grains (rice, couscous, amaranth, quinoa, bulgur, barley, oats, etc.) as well as some fresh or frozen vegetables to steam. You could also make beans and rice or bean burritos this way. Canned soup can be made in a microwave, and soup and a sandwich is a good meal. I mean, there's really not too much you can't make here.

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