Sometimes our cooking options are LIMITED, so you have to become creative with cooking methods! If you only have a microwave, not to worry. There’s plenty you can do with it! Here are some healthy recipes you can make in a microwave.
Make sure to use a microwavable-safe bowl or plate when you’re making a microwave meal!
These are all single-serving meals and snacks.
There are tons of recipes you can alter to microwave – swap out scrambled eggs for microwave frittatas, swap out a regular cake for a mug cake, spaghetti squash for zucchini noodles that can be heated in a microwave, etc.
Healthy Meals You Can Make In The Microwave
Here are some microwave recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious. These are done in less than 15 minutes, so they’re perfect for a quick and easy meal.
Baked Apple “Crisp”
Need a treat but don’t want something that’s going to ruin your health goals? Try this one.
1 medium apple
Bake in microwave for 1 minute (or more depending on how crispy you want it)
Parmesan Crusted Green Beans
This was one of my favorites when I needed to stay up late to study. Healthy, and just salty enough to be delicious!
1 cup frozen green beans
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I like the “shaves” from Trader Joe’s)
Everything Bagel seasoning
Microwave green beans for 3-4 minutes, until hot & not frozen. You may need to stir around
Top with cheese, microwave for another 30 seconds
Top with Everything Bagel seasoning
Canned soup is good for so many reasons. You guys know I generally follow a low carbohydrate diet, and I also find the research to show that when you chew foods, you’re more full than when you drink or slurp.
Therefore, the soups I’m recommending are fairly low-carb, and will either 1) keep your full for hours, or 2) are just a little snack to tide you over or to eat when you’re working late at night and just need something to munch (slurp?) on.
Some of my faves are…!
Vegetable soup (clear broth)
Chicken vegetable (not chicken noodle)
Chili with ground meat (turkey or beef is fine!)
Oatmeal is so good to keep in the pantry – lasts (nearly) forever! Here’s an easy recipe:
Add 1/2 cup uncooked oats & cover with a bit of water in a bowl
Microwave for 1-2 minutes (based on the strength of the microwave)
Top with cinnamon and 1/4 cup of nuts to make a complete breakfast!
Loaded Baked Sweet Potato
This can be a full meal not just a side!
Cut a deep cut into 1 medium sweet potato and open wide; poke holes in the potato as well with a fork
Cook in a bowl for 10 minutes in the microwave
Top with 1/2 can chili and 1/3 cup shredded cheese
Cook for 30 seconds – cover with a paper towel
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
Crack eggs & beat with a fork in a bowl; add in spinach leaves and cheddar cheese
Microwave in a bowl or other microwaveable safe container for 3 minutes
Mug cakes are great microwave meals! They’re easy to make, and so delicious. Here are a few mug cake recipes you can do in a microwave!
Chocolate Walnut Mug Cake
2 Tbsp Cacao powder – 40 calories
1.3 Tbsp Almond flour/Almond meal – 52 calories
3 tsp Brown sugar – 51 calories
1 Tbsp Butter (Tbsp) – 103 calories
1 tsp Water (tsp) – 0 calories
2 Tbsp Yogurt, flavored (<15 gm sugar/ serving), 2% Greek (Tbsp) – 24 calories
⅛ cup Walnuts – 96 calories
1 Tbsp Chocolate chips – 70 calories
1 Salt, dash – 0 calories
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until batter’s smooth
Microwave for 60 seconds, then in 30 seconds intervals until no longer watery
I’m using vanilla yogurt here, but use whatever you have (greek yogurt for example)