Top Microwaveable Foods for College: Easy Steps

No. 1 Monkey Bread

Serves: 10


7 tbsp butter

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cans biscuits


Melt butter and mix with sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Cut biscuits into quarters and pour sugar mixture over. Stir to coat.

Microwave on high 4 minutes.

Let stand 2 minutes to cool. Flip out onto a plate and serve.


No. 2 Nachos

Serves: 1-2


1 bag (5.5 oz) Food Should Taste Good™ Tortilla Chips Multigrain

1 cup Old El Paso™ Refried Beans

1/2 cup Pico de Gallo or Salsa

4 tbsp Old El Paso™ diced green chiles

2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (Optional)

Guacamole as garnish

Sour cream as garnish

Pico de Gallo as garnish


Scatter the entire bag of chips onto a large plate.

Place beans in microwave for 30 seconds to make them easier to mix. Add in Pico de Gallo and mix together.

Drop spoonfuls of the bean and Pico de Gallo mixture onto the chips.

Sprinkle green chilies on top of the bean mixture and chips.

Evenly distribute the shredded cheese over the top.

Place in microwave and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave.

Remove from microwave and top with sour cream, additional Pico de Gallo, and guacamole if desired.


No.3 Pizza in a Mug

Serves: 1


4 tbsp all purpose flour

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/16 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp marinara sauce

1 generous tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese

5 mini pepperoni

1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs (basil or oregano will work)


Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a microwavable mug.

Add in the milk and oil with mix together. There might be some lumps but that is okay.

Spoon on the marinara sauce and spread it around the surface of the batter.

Sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni and dried herbs

Microwave for 1 minute 10 to 20 seconds, or until it rises up and the topping are bubbling (timing is based on a 1200W microwave so your timing might vary).

Enjoy straight away!


No. 4 Mac and Cheese

Serves: 1


1/2 cup dried macaroni

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup milk, any percent

1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese


Mix the macaroni, water and salt in a microwaveable mug.

Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir.

Add the milk, cheese, salt and pepper, then stir.

Microwave for another 30 seconds, stir and garnish with a sprinkle of chives


No. 5 Pancake in a Jar



Mason Jar





Fill jar with bisquick 1/3 of the way.

Mix with water.

Microwave for 90 seconds.

Add syrup.


*Recipes taken from Tasty, The Neighborhood Moms, Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking and the Mama’s Girls.