Microwaves tend to be as thoroughly used in your kitchen as your hot oven or even gas or electric stovetop range, if not more. Also, you can spend upwards of $3,000 or more annually by eating outside instead of preparing home meals for consumption at your office.
Why not use your microwave instead of your wallet to make food for work or office lunches? It’d certainly save you grief and cash down the line for sure.
What are the Best Microwave Meals for Work?
What meals can you microwave to eat at work later or to microwave in your break room at your office? Quite a lot, actually. The microwave—even a non-convection one—is surprisingly versatile when it comes to cooking loads of dishes, even though the portions are usually bowl-sized or mug-sized.
You should try your hand at being a home cook even as the worldwide epidemic winds down and more people are going back to their offices in order to work at full salary instead of a fraction of their salary by working at home instead. You can cook more than just leftovers with your microwave.
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Microwaveable Meals for Work are Aplenty
There are many microwave meals for work you can cook via microwave or you can prepare so that you can use your office break room to heat them up during your lunch break and whatnot. The truth of the matter is that there are many delicious items you can steam or bake using your microwave.
In particular, by following specific recipe instructions, you can maximize the quick-heating abilities inherent in all microwaves. To wit, here are just some of these meals you can try out yourself.
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Spaghetti squash is healthy and looks like spaghetti pasta or Asian noodle dishes in vegetable form. Watch out, though. This meal prep requires 20 minutes to do so you should make time for it instead of using it as a morning rush job meal like mac & cheese.
For two servings, you need the following ingredients. Salt and pepper (to taste), 1 spaghetti squash, 1 tablespoon of oil, 2 cups of pasta or spaghetti sauce, and 12 meatballs (already fully cooked). You also need grated parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley to serve.
How to Prepare the Vegetable Spaghetti Noodle Dish
Cut the squash in half. If you’re having issues with this step, pole some holes using your knife to perforate the squash then microwave it for 5 minutes before slicing. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and innards. From there, rub salt and pepper as well as oil all over the squash’s surface.
Go and microwave the prepped spaghetti squash for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the squash is tender to the point that you can pull the skin away easily. Use your fork in order to shred the squash into pasta-like strands.
How to Prepare the Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce
Put the meatballs in pasta sauce then microwave them while covered (lightly not vacuum-sealed) for about 2 minutes or up until the meatballs are fully heated from the inside out. Spoon the meatballs and sauce on top of the spaghetti squash.
Garnish the resulting meal with parsley and Parmesan. You can also use other cheese if you like, which is also the case when making your own custom macaroni & cheese.
Barbecue Chicken Nachos
It takes about 4 minutes to make delicious barbecue chicken nachos! It’s so quick to make it might as well be a TV dinner. For two servings, you need the following ingredients.
Get a cup of shredded rotisserie chicken, ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onion, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 large handfuls of tortilla chips, 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce, and ¼ cup of pico de gallo. You also need sour cream and guacamole (to serve).
Create Layers and Layers of Deliciousness
Combine the chicken with BBQ sauce. Spread the resulting concoction all over your bed of tortilla chips. The mixture should then have an even layer of pico de gallo, green onions, and cheese on top of them, which should then be microwaved for 1 to 2 minutes.
Keep microwaving until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Put guacamole and sour cream all over this cheesy treat then serve while hot for best results.
Egg Microwaved Rice Instead of Fried Rice
Instead of ordering Chinese for tonight’s dinner or the next day’s packed office lunch, you can make your own egg-fried rice without the frying part. You can microwave egg-fried rice and come up with something as delicious as fried food (but probably a touch more healthy for lack of frying).
The ingredients for one serving of egg microwaved rice are the following. 2 eggs, ½ cup of uncooked rice, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 2 strips of chopped bacon, ½ cup of frozen peas and carrots, salt (to taste), and fresh scallion for garnishing purposes.
Further reading: How to Cook Eggs in the Microwave
How to Microwave Pseudo-Fried Rice with Radiowaves
The preparation time for this is about 10 minutes. First off, combine the bacon, sesame oil, soy sauce, water, and uncooked rice together inside one microwaveable bowl. Stir them together then microwave the whole concoction while lightly covered (with space to spare to let out the resulting steam).
Cook the rice for about 6-8 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Mix the frozen carrots and peas into the rice. You can also use frozen mixed vegetables instead (which might also include baby corn or corn kernels). Beat the eggs with salt on them in a microwaveable mug.
Microwave the beaten eggs for about 1-2 minutes or until the eggs are cooked. Cook the rice as well for about the same period of time (1-2 minutes). Break up the cooked eggs into small bits to mix with the hot rice then garnish with scallions. You’re now good to go.
What Have We Learned?
Put that takeout menu down and prepare some microwave-ready or microwaveable dishes for a chance. Your wallet will thank you for such discretion.
If you’re in a pinch, do remember that many scrumptious meals and dishes are available to you for baking or steaming. You can also avail of microwave-ready meals at the convenience store or grocery aisles that require 1-3 minutes of microwave to enjoy.
- Zee Krstic, “20 Easy Microwave Meals and Snacks That Are Budget Friendly, Too“, GoodHousekeeping.com, August 26, 2020
- Kathleen Elkins, “7 legit meals you can make in a microwave that will save you time and money“, CNBC.com, December 9, 2017
- Melissa Jameson, BuzzFeed Staff, 23 Dorm Room Meals You Can Make In A Microwave, www.buzzfeed.com