Six 5-Minute Recipes for College Students


By Staff Writer Published on May 25, 2017

College life can get hectic. It can be hard to find time to eat, let alone make a real meal. When you live with roommates or follow a busy schedule, finding food to prepare with limited time and equipment can be a serious challenge. Here’s a list of six super quick and easy recipes—ranging from nutritious meals to simple snacks and semi-healthy desserts—that you can make using just a microwave!

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  • 1/3 cup pasta
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tbs butter (optional)

Combine macaroni and water in a mug or bowl, and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir, then repeat as needed until macaroni is tender (probably four minutes total). The water should absorb completely; if not, drain any excess water. Next, stir in cheese and milk (and butter, if you desire a creamier texture). Microwave again for 1 minute, then stir and enjoy.

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  • Sandwich thins, flatbread, or English muffins
  • Marinara sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Pepperoni (or whatever pizza toppings you like)

Spread marinara on your “crust” of choice, sprinkle with cheese, and top with pepperoni or whatever else you like. Microwave until cheese is melted. For a crispier pizza, bake in a toaster oven. 

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  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 slices of bread, cubed
  • syrup (optional)

Microwave butter in a mug until melted, then tilt the mug around to coat sides with melted butter. Add in milk, egg, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla; mix. Submerge bread cubes in mixture, microwave for 90 seconds, and enjoy with or without syrup!

  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • nonstick vegetable oil spray

Coat the inside of a mug with cooking spray. Combine ingredients in a separate bowl; stir well. Pour batter into mug, and microwave on high for 1–2 minutes, until firm on top.

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Mix peanut butter and maple syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals until bubbly; whisk between each 20-second interval. Thoroughly stir in oats. Roll balls of cookie dough, drop onto wax paper, then flatten balls to desired thickness with your thumb or a fork. Chill in freezer for 15–25 minutes or in fridge for 1 hour, until completely cooled and firm. Store in fridge.

College can be a wonderful experience, if at times challenging. Have some fun with it by enjoying these six 5-minute recipes. For more inspiration, visit the Better Life Blog.