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Blue Roses
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I'm staying on campus over the summer, and for the first two weeks, we have to fend for ourselves as far as food goes. We have a microwave adn fridge, and that's it. I'm a fairly good cook, but I'm not used to dealing without a stove or oven. Anyone have good tips for healthy stuff you can make in a microwave without resorting to variations on prepackaged carbohydrates? (I'm also trying to be vegetarian) Prepackaged stuff tends to have so much salt and fat, and it can be sort of expensive. So far I'm going with pb&j's, cereal, and the healthier of the canned soups. I'll also get some fruit and baby carrots and such once I get the fridge set up.
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Milke
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Get thee some instant rice, pasta, rice noodles, potatoes, oatmeal, flour tortillas, canned beans and veggies, peanut butter, soy sauce, hot sauce (if you like it), and taco seasoning mix. Salsa and cheese if you like them.

Riceandbeans - Boil about two cups of water, toss is as much instant rice, cook until done. Add a can of drained beans (black is good, but any kind works), and the taco seasoning, stir it all up. Serve wrapped in a tortilla with cheese, or all by itself, or as a side dish.

Something much like pad thai - Cook rice noodles in boiling water, drain, add a dab of peanut butter and some soy sauce (and any other seasonings you like, hot sauce is good too), and mix them in. Add canned mixed Chinese veggies if you'd like.

Zap a potato until cooked through (stab with a fork a few times first), split it open, and put in cheese, salsa, or anything else you'd like.

Oatmeal's easy, get the quick kind (not the stuff in little packets, just the kind that's cut smaller than standard), follow the instructions on hte package, add a little milk and/or sugar if you'd like.

You can put peanut butter on a tortilla and wrap it up. Add a bit of chocolate bar and zap for a few seconds for a quick dessert.

Pasta's pretty easy in a microwave, but try to get a small shape so it cooks faster.

And . . .I'll try to think of more later, too.

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Blue Roses
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I didn't know you could nuke rice and noodles...about how much time does it take?
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Bear in mind too that the healthiest foods aren't cooked at all: raw foods are as good as it gets when it comes to your health.

One of my daily staples are good wrap sandwiches: I keep around whole grain toritillas or flatbreads and just wrap'em with sprouts, raw veggies, soy cheese, hummus, the works.


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Milke
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About as long as on the stove once you've boiled the water (get a big glass bowl), maybe a bit less time. It's the same idea, really, just stir them occasionally, handle with care (ie: ovenmitts or a thick towel) when removing, and it should be fine. Microwaves can heat anything, but they can't bake things or brown them, so most anything but cakes or pastries should work.

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Microwave Recipes! http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000518.html

and from the Gen. Health & Nutr. forum FAQ

Healthy Food http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000013.html http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000100.html http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000029.html

Vegetarianism http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000061.html http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000420.html http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000431.html

Tofu (what is it, how to cook it, why we love it!) http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum24/HTML/000045.html


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if your trying to be a vegetarian, go get those frozen soy burger deals. I forget who they're by, but I think they're in a green box in the frozen foods section of your local grocery store, or food market. Oh, and celery, carrots are good in ranch dressing. The soup-to-go by campbells are REALLY good. I like the creamy chicken, but your doing the veggie thing, they have cream of brocolli, and tomato. Another thing, cereal and milk. Can't go wrong with that. I LOOOVVEEE Frosted Flakes & 2% milk, so so so so good. Just look around your local grocery stores, or market. You'll find a ton off stuff. Also, head over to the book store and pick up some cook books. Or if you're strapped for cash, look it up online. Foodnetwork.com has a TON of recipes! Good luck!!

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Thanks for the suggestions :-) I can now boil things even more easily, since it was discovered that through freeboxes and stuff, our little cooking co-op of four people has among us approximately seven hot pots. Go figures *shrugs* So much noodles are being cooked by all.
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