It’s hard leaving the comfort of home and your own kitchen where you know your way around. It’s always easier to whip something up when you have a stocked pantry and full kitchen. Although dining halls exist, and there’s normally a communal kitchen somewhere nearby, I never felt that I was getting what I needed from these resources.
Hopefully you’ve seen our blog post about what kinds of foods are great in your freshman dorm microwave. If not, check it out! In this post I give a quick how-to of my personal favorite well-rounded microwave meal, a play on stir fry.
First, the ingredients. My favorite combination included rice, broccoli, bell pepper, water chestnut, tofu, and of course soy sauce/stir fry sauce. I always bought my vegetables frozen so they would last, and the sauces will store for a long time in the fridge as well.
Step 1: Make your rice! Follow the directions on the package for cooking in the microwave.
Step 2: Combine frozen veggies and steam. Make sure you add water to the bowl on this step, as most package directions recommend.
Step 3: Add protein! This is important for a well-rounded diet, and easy to forget. You could add meat to your stir fry, but I prefer tofu.
Step 4: Sauce it up! The most important part is the flavor.
And there you have it! Enjoy your microwaved meal and don’t forget to open a window so that your roommate isn’t met with too much scent as they enter the room.