Eating healthy while at university can be tough and not just cause of all the promo pizzas and discount meal deals thrown your way. Among all the excitement and balancing your studies and an active social life, it’s easy for cooking your own meals to take a back seat. But we’re here to help you along a little on your road to ‘Healthy 2019-20’ with 3 quick and easy microwave meals that fit our time and taste criteria.

To give everyone an idea of what you could be making we’ve included a Non-vegetarian, Vegatarian and Vegan option but feel free to replaces any of the items for something else you prefer or for dietary requirements.

VEGETARIAN

No Mess Burritos

Ingredients 

  • 500g large flour tortillas
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 100g sliced black olives, drained
  • 6 torn lettuce leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 450g tinned refried beans
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 450g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 225ml soured cream

Method

  1. In a large serving dish, arrange spring onions, diced tomato, sliced olives, lettuce and avocado. Set aside.
  2. Place refried beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Season with onion flakes, garlic, salt, cumin, chilli powder and oregano. Stir in water, cover and cook in microwave, on high, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Take one tortilla and spread a thin layer of beans on half of it. Sprinkle on the cheese and whatever toppings you would like. Spread soured cream over the other half of the tortilla.
  4. Fold the tortilla in half and then into quarters and serve.

(Recipe and Image courtesy of allrecipes.co.uk)

NON-VEGETARIAN

Easy Microwave Salmon

Ingredients

  • 450g salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place the salmon fillets in an 20cm microwave-safe baking dish, and place the onion and tomato on the fillets. Sprinkle with garlic granules and onion powder, drizzle with white wine and olive oil, and wrap the dish with cling film.
  2. Microwave on High power setting until the salmon is opaque, about 6 minutes. Carefully peel off the cling film to avoid steam, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Recipe and Image courtesy of allrecipes.co.uk)

VEGAN

Mac & Not Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pasta
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Carrot Puree
  • 2 TB Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder

Instructions

    1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the pasta and water.
    2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir, and cook another 2 minutes until the water is mostly absorbed.
    3. Now add the carrot, nutritional yeast, mustard, and spices. Mix well to combine.
    4. Microwave again for 2-3 more minutes.

(Recipe and Image courtesy of strengthandsunshine.com)