Easy Vegan Microwave Meals that Won’t Break the Bank!

by | January 19, 2019

Whether you’re a vegan college student with minimal resources or just looking for a minimal-effort weekday meal, vegan microwave meals are a great option. Microwaves are versatile, you can cook almost anything in one with enough creativity. Here are some of the best vegan microwave meals that you can cook in a microwave for those types of days.

Easy Vegan Microwave Meals that Won’t Break the Bank

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes

When I was in college, microwaved potatoes were a major staple, they were either the star of your meal or an added as a side to bulk up on calories. By simply poking a substantial amount of air holes in your sweet potato and wrapping it in a damp paper towel to help create steam, you will have the closest thing to a baked potato that you can get without an oven. Cooking time will vary depending on your potato siwe, for a medium potato begin cooking for six minutes then continue to cook in one minute increments until it is soft enough to eat. Slice long ways and stuff with canned beans, pico de gallo, microwavable rice, corn… the possibilities are endless!

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Begin by cooking either microwavable rice (or normal rice if you have enough patience to cook it in the microwave) and once it is nearly cooked, add in a dash of cooking oil and any frozen or canned vegetables that you would like. I recommend using a bag of frozen vegetable medley because of the low price point and easiness. Once your vegetables are finished, add salt and pepper to taste, a squeeze of lime as well as soy sauce and sriracha. If you want to get fancy, scramble Follow Your Heart’s vegan egg (in a pan, not a microwave) to bring this dish to a whole new level.

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Filling Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is not only a healthier alternative to traditional pasta, but it is actually much easier to cook in a microwave compared to in the oven. Carefully slice your squash vertically (so that you have longer noodles) and poke a generous amount of air holes in it so that it doesn’t explode. Using a little bit of olive oil, coat the inside of the squash and season with salt, pepper, and basil. Cook face down in a microwave-safe dish with about a half inch of water for ten minutes. Continue cooking in minute-long increments as needed until you can easily use a fork to retrieve your “spaghetti.” Top with any sauce of your choice and enjoy with a delicious side salad.

Which of these vegan microwave meals would you try? Let me know in the comments below.

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