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7 Microwave Hacks to Up Your Meal Prep Game

Did you know you can cook entires meals in your humble kitchen microwave? Well, you can. Here are 7 microwave hacks that will revolutionise the way you meal prep.
Updated on Feb 28, 2024

If you’ve ever been without a microwave for just a few days or (heaven forbid) lived in a place without a microwave at all… you’ll understand just how much you rely on and need a microwave.

Microwaves are just one of those kitchen appliances that are so versatile, and once you really know how to make the most out of your microwave, you’ll never look back. I’m talking about cooking entire meals in your microwave – no oven or stovetop required!

In this article, I’ve got 7 microwave hacks that will truly up your meal prep game by minimising prep, cooking and clean-up time. You’re welcome.

Simplify Your Meal Prep with These Microwave Recipes & Ideas

1. Cook Your Grains

If you get tired of watching over a pot of boiling grains, why not cook your grains in a microwave? From rice to quinoa, you can microwave your gains in a glass bowl that you can then use as a storage bowl, so you don’t have to transfer from a pot to a container.

All you need to do is mix the grains with water in a large microwave-safe glass bowl, cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Just make sure you check on it every five minutes or so.

 2. Make a Quick Protein-Rich Egg Meal 

While microwaving eggs might seem like a weird thing to do, you can make a really tasty and quick meal with hardly any clean-up needed. Here’s how:

Mix eggs with some herbs, salt, water or milk and add any other condiment you like. Pour the eggs into a bowl, cover with cling wrap and poke some holes for ventilation and cook on high for three minutes. Drizzle with some oil and add some extra seasoning and you’re done.

 3. Cook Bacon

No one can deny that bacon is delicious, but it can also be a major (greasy) headache to cook. Enter: microwave bacon. All you need to do is:

Line a microwave-safe plate with a paper towel, top it with bacon and cover with another paper towel (to keep the grease from splattering all over your microwave). Cook on high for 6 to 7 minutes and dig in.

While it might not be as crunchy as pan fried or grilled bacon, it’s a quick, mess-less way to cook up a batch of protein for your meal prep.

 4. Bake a Protein-Packed Dessert

Desserts are often messy and time-consuming to make, but not if you cook your dessert in a coffee mug and chuck it in the microwave. If you’re craving something sweet post-dinner or even post-workout, there are heaps of mug cake recipes you can whip up in about less than two minutes.

Here’s a delicious keto chocolate mug cake to get you started.

  5. Veggie Burrito Rice Bowl

Another quick dish you can make in bulk and divvy up for the week is a veggie burrito rice bowl. All you do is cook the rice in the microwave (as per above), remove it from the microwave, add black beans, tomatoes, salt and pepper, top it with your desired choice of protein, add some avocado and you’re done. A tasty meal in less than 10 minutes.

This is also a great recipe you can follow.

 6. Microwave Granola

Granola is one of those meals you could eat any time of the day. It’s good for breakfast, it’s good for a snack, it’s good for a pre-workout carb load… the list is endless. Store-bought granola can also be pretty high in sugar, so if you’re a granola fan, it’s usually best to make your own.

It can also be fiddly to make when you try to do it in the oven, which is why you need to give microwave granola a go.

This recipe is for granola in a mug, but you could double or triple the ingredients, stick it in a bowl, and have a batch that’ll last you a few days.

7. 3-Minute Microwave English Muffin

Who doesn’t love an English muffin slathered in PB? Store-bought English muffins usually come with a lot of preservatives and not to mention are pretty high in carbs. Why not make your own version that takes 3 minutes in the microwave?

Check out this quick and easy recipe here. You can make a few batches in one hit, and store them in the freezer for a quick grab & go breakfast sandwich.

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Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Health & fitness journalist and presenter based in Melbourne/Naarm with a passion for – you guessed it - health and fitness, cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, and travel.


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