How to Cook Student Snacks in the Microwave - dummies

How to Cook Student Snacks in the Microwave

Cooking a full-blown meal in the microwave is pretty difficult because of the small space, but for the student, knocking up snacks and side dishes like rice is a necessity! So here are a few recipes that show how easy cooking side dishes and snacks in the microwave is. All the recipe times are based on an 800W microwave oven.

All-in-One Chilli Con Carne

This is an ultra-easy recipe for chilli con carne, especially if you only have a microwave available.

The key things to bear in mind are to keep stopping and stirring during the cooking process, and making sure that the meat is cooked at the end.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves: 1

150 grams lean minced beef

1/2 small onion, diced

1/2 green pepper, sliced

1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 splodge of tomato purée

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1/2 tin of kidney beans, rinsed

120 millilitres of beef stock (from a stock cube)

1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1 spoonful of cornflour

  1. Place all the ingredients into a microwave-proof casserole dish and mix well.

  2. Place the dish in the microwave and cook on high power for 3 to 4 minutes. Then carefully remove the dish from the microwave and stir well.

  3. Cover with a lid or cling film and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, stopping after every 5 minutes to stir again.

  4. After 10 minutes, remove from the microwave, stir well for one last time and then leave to stand for 2 to 3 minutes before eating. Make sure that the meat is brown and hot all the way through before serving.

Per serving: Calories 1082 (From Fat 260); Fat 28.9g (Saturated 10.8g); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 918mg; Carbohydrate 125.5g; Dietary Fibre 36.5g; Protein 79.9g.

Microwaving Jacket Potatoes

Instead of using the oven for a jacket potato, use the microwave to do all the work for you. Just remember to pierce the potato with a fork a few times before microwaving to allow some of the steam to escape from the potato during the cooking process.

Preparation time: 30 seconds

Cooking time: 5–7 minutes (depending on size of potato)

Serves: 1

1 potato, washed and dried

  1. Pierce the potato a few times with a knife or fork.

  2. Place the potato on a bit of kitchen paper in the microwave and cook on full power for 5 minutes.

  3. After 5 minutes, carefully take it out of the microwave and check that it’s fully cooked by pushing a knife into the potato, which should feel soft in the centre. If it isn’t, place it back in the microwave for another minute before checking again.

  4. Allow it to stand for 1 minute before splitting it open to enable the flavour to improve.

Per serving: Calories 158 (From Fat 4.0); Fat 0.4g (Saturated Trace); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 14mg; Carbohydrate 34.4g; Dietary Fibre 2.6g; Protein 4.2g.

Microwaving Rice

Microwaving rice is really speedy and perfect if you’ve ordered a takeaway and want to save some money by cooking your own rice.

Preparation time: 1 minute

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 1

65 grams (half a mug) of rice

150 millilitres of boiling water or vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

  1. Place the rice in a large casserole dish with the boiling water or vegetable stock.

  2. Cover with pierced cling film. Microwave on high power for 3 minutes.

  3. Reduce the power to medium and cook for a further 8 minutes, stirring the rice every 2 minutes.

  4. Allow to stand for 5 minutes at the end before fluffing with a fork and eating.

Per serving: Calories 243 (From Fat 5); Fat 0.5g (Saturated Trace); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 816mg; Carbohydrate 54.1g; Dietary Fibre Trace; Protein 5.4g.