Quick and easy healthy vegan microwavable meals

I've been staying at my brother in laws home for the past 3-4 weeks out in Hampton, VA. My husband and I are in between places and are on the hunt for our next apartment hopefully somewhere on the beach! In the meantime, I am trying not to wear out my welcome and trying to stay out of my brother in laws and his girlfriends space. They work a lot. At the end of the day I totally get that they need to veg out and decompress alone.

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The hardest part of an extended stay is the lack of kitchen time.  I love to cook! I find cooking to be a relaxing as well as a cheaper and healthier alternative to eating out all the time. But whats a gal to do when you are trying to be mindful of space but you love to cook...... Well I guess I'm back to the good old dorm days and I gotta start cooking in my microwave!

Turns out cooking in the microwave is kinda fun. You get to flex your creativity muscles and cooking time is cut in half. Plus my meals are smaller portions due to the nature of the cooking apparatus ( I see this as a plus).

Now you don't need to be someone's guest to use the microwave to cook. This type of cooking is good if you are short on time, exhausted from a long day or need to whip up something at the office.

Breakfast:

Chocolate Berry Oatmeal

1/2 cup of dried oatmeal

1 handful of blueberries/raspberries

1 tablespoon of non dairy chocolate chips

1/4 cup of water

Combine the ingredients and mircowave for 45 secs

Cinnamon Apple Yogurt

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1 cup of yogurt (I enjoy the cashew yogurt the best)

1/2 of an apple

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tablespoon of honey

optional 2 tbsp hemp seed

Dice the apple into small pieces and then combine with the oatmeal. Afterwards, microwave for about 1 min- 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Mix the remaining ingredients with the cinnamon apples and enjoy!

Spinach and Kale Black Bean Scrambled Tofu

1 handful of chopped spinach

1 handful of chopped kale

1 tbsp of minced garlic

2 oz of tofu

I /4 cup of black beans

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp turmeric

1 tsp of cumin

dash of salt and pepper

Start by placing the kale in a microwave safe mug (with a lid) add 1 tablespoon of water and then steam in the microwave for 5 mins. Remove the kale then microwave spinach in the same container for 2 mins. Mix the kale and spinach together. Crumble tofu in hands and then add nutritional yeast, cumin and turmeric into the tofu. Microwave for 60 seconds. Finally microwave the black beans for 1 minute and then combine all of the ingredients together. Serve warm !

Lunch/Dinner:

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

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1/2 of spaghetti squash

1/4 cup of marinara sauce

dash of salt and pepper

1 tbsp garlic

6 meatless meatballs

Place the half of spaghetti squash face down in the microwave. Cook for about 8 mins. Scrape out tender squash with a fork. Heat meatless meatballs for about 2 mins in the microwave. Afterwards heat the marinara sauce for 30 seconds. Mix the ingredients together and enjoy!

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, Hummus and Red Pepper

1 sweet potato

1/4 cup chickpeas

2 tbsp of lemon hummus

1/4 diced red pepper

Start by heating the sweet potato in microwave for about 4 minutes or until tender. Cut the sweet potato in half and place a tablespoon of lemon humus on each half. microwave chickpeas for 30 secs. Sprinkle chickpeas and red pepper over the sweet potato halves and enjoy!

Black Bean Burrito Bowl

1/2 package of Uncle Ben's microwavable brown rice

1/4 cup of black beans

1/4 diced yellow pepper

1/8 diced onion

Toppings: Avocado, Salsa

Start by microwaving rice for 90 seconds. Heat beans for 30 seconds. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then top with 2 tbsps of favorite salsa and 1/4 avocado. Enjoy !

Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

1 cup Chopped Brussels Sprouts

1/2 cup quinoa

1/4 cup of dried cranberries

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tablespoons of walnuts

dash of salt and pepper

First, begin by rinsing your quinoa under warm water to remove residue. Then, place in a microwave-safe bowl or container and add in 2 cups of water. Cover with a lid and cook quinoa for 6 minutes. Remove and stir. Next, heat the Brussels Sprouts in the same dish add water.  Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until tender, stirring and rotating a quarter turn every 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and toss together and enjoy.

Dessert:

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

1 Avocado

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp honey

Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass or microwave safe mug and heat for 60 seconds. Let it cool for 1 minute and enjoy!

Cinnamon Blueberry Peach Crisp

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1/2 cup oatmeal

1 handful blueberries

1/2 diced peach

3 tbsp vegan butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of sliced almonds

 Start by melting "butter" for 30 seconds in microwave. Stir oats, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Mash butter into the oats mixture with a fork until the mixture is crumbly; sprinkle over the fruit to cover and mix remaining ingredients all together. Enjoy!

Chocolate Sunflower Butter Chia Seed No bake Goodness

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp sunflower butter

1/4 banana

Heat sunflower butter in microwave for 20 seconds. While the sunflower butter is warming begin to mash banana in a separate bowl. Once the sunflower butter and banana are finished add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. You can then roll the mixture into tiny balls and chill or eat as is!

Eating healthy doesn't have to take up a large chunk of your day. With these 10 easy microwavable meals you can avoid the fast food drive through and nourish your body in a pinch.  If you had a long day and don't feel like slaving over the stove, don't have the time to cook or maybe you are kitchen impaired......Avoid the frozen tv dinners and try these recipes next time you are starving!