Easy Microwave Recipes for Travel Nurses: Tips for Travel Nurses

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By Amber Pickler

June 11, 2020



Easy Microwave Recipes for Travel Nurses

Being on the road makes meals difficult. Even if your housing has a full-size kitchen, after working 12+ hours, you may not feel like preparing a meal. Also, preparing meals for 1 or 2 people isn’t always easy either. Below you will find 8 different types of easy microwave recipes.

Microwave Macaroni And Cheese:

• 1/3 cup of pasta
• 3/4 cup of cold water
• 4 tbsp of milk
• 1/4 tsp of cornstarch or cornflour
• 4 tbsp of grated cheddar cheese
• Salt
• Pepper


This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. Serves 1.

In a large microwaveable mug or small bowl, add water and pasta. Microwave for 3.5 to 4 minutes until pasta is soft.
Remove the water.
Add cheddar cheese, milk, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Microwave for 1 minute.

Microwave Mug Pizza:

• 4 tbsp of all-purpose flour
• 1/8 tsp of baking powder
• 1/16 tsp of baking soda
• 3 tbsp of milk
• 1 tsp of olive oil
• 1 tbsp of marinara sauce
• 1 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese
• 5 mini pepperoni
• Half a tsp of dried Italian herbs (basil or oregano)


This recipe takes about 6 minutes to make. Serves 1.

In a microwaveable mug or bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add milk and oil. Mix well.
Scoop some marinara sauce and spread on top of the batter.
Sprinkle cheese, pepperoni, and Italian herbs on top.
Microwave for 1 minute and 10 to 20 seconds until the top is bubbling.

Microwave Granola In A Mug:

• 1 tbsp of maple syrup
• 2 tsp of water
• 2 tsp of vegetable oil
• 1/8 tsp of salt
• 4.5 tsp of rolled oats
• 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut
• w tbsp of pecans


This recipe takes about 8 minutes to make. Serves 1.

Mix all of the ingredients in a big microwaveable mug or bowl.
Pop in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, then stir the granola.
Continue this process until the granola becomes brown and crispy.
Let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve with yogurt and fruits.



  • 1/3 cup fettuccine
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put the pasta in a big mug and fill it with water and add salt.
  2. Cook in a microwave at first 4 minutes (then mix), then 2 minutes (then mix) and one.
  3. Add grated cheese and heavy cream. Stir and cook in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  4. Serve with grated black pepper.



1 potato
1 tbsp olive oil
coarse salt


parchment paper
microwave-safe plate


  1. Wash and dry the potato. Use a mandoline on the thinnest setting to slice the potato into thin chips. Please place them in a bowl and add the olive oil. Toss them to distribute the oil.
  2. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the microwave-safe plate. Place the potato slices on the parchment-lined plate in a single layer. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes, or until they become crispy. The exact time will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Devour—or serve—immediately. Happy snacking!

Egg Fried Rice In A Mug


  • 1 cup cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 stalk of green onion, sliced
  • small pinch of mung bean sprouts
  • small pinch of shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder


  1. Place the rice into a large mug. Lay the peas, red pepper, green onion, mung bean sprouts, and cabbage on top. Cover the mug with cling film. Using a knife, puncture one or two small holes through the film. This step is important! You don’t want to scald yourself—microwave on high for 1 minute 15 seconds.
  2. In the meantime, beat the egg and mix in the seasonings (soy sauce, sesame oil, onion powder, and five-spice powder). Pour the egg mixture into the mug, and stir with the vegetables and rice.
  3. Cover the mug with cling film again, and microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds. Take the mug out of the microwave, and give everything a good stir. Let the fried rice stand for a minute to finish cooking. Use a fork to fluff up the rice and serve.

Coffee Cup Quiche

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 slice prosciutto or ham
  • Fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives
  • Dijon mustard

1. Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-size pieces; stir in. Add cream cheese; stir in. Tear or cut prosciutto into small pieces; add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme.

2. Microwave on high until done, about 1 minute 10 seconds. Garnish with mustard and fresh thyme or chives.

Per serving: 200 calories; 10g fat; 4g saturated fat; 205mg cholesterol; 12g protein; 16g carbohydrate; 1.5g sugar; 0.5g fiber; 440mg sodium; 70mg calcium.

Note: The nutrition information in this recipe has been corrected.

2-Minute French Toast in a Cup


  • 1 or 2 slices of bread, cubed (just fill your cup to overflowing a bit)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs milk
  • Dash cinnamon
  • A drop of vanilla extract (optional)


Cube bread.

Melt butter in cup for a few seconds in your microwave. Swoosh it around the cup.

Add bread to the cup.

In a separate cup, combine the egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir.

Pour the liquid over the bread. Smoosh it a little and allow the liquid to soak into the bread.

Microwave. Start with one minute, then add ten seconds at a time until it’s cooked to your liking (no runny eggs). In my microwave that’s 1 minute, 20 seconds.

Add syrup if desired. Eat!


Microwave Apple Chips


2 apples


Wash and thinly slice the apples into 1/8 inch rounds.

Place on the plate with parchment paper, in single layer.

Microwave it at highest power for 4 to 5 minutes, the edges of apples start to curl up.

Then flip each slices and microwave for about 2 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


If you want to use an oven, at 425 F bake for about an hour or dry.

We hope that you found these quick and easy microwave recipes helpful. Do you have any quick and easy recipes to share? Comment them below if you would like. Here are a couple more articles with great recipes if you are looking for more quick and easy recipes.

We hope that you found these recipes helpful! Pinterest is always a great place to look for quick and easy recipes. Do you have any microwave recipes you would like to share? Comment them below.

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