Microwaves-giving For Hopeless Dorm Dwellers

By Sydney Mahl

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I give you Microwaves-giving, AKA a college student’s version of Thanksgiving.  It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds. I promise (sort of).

If you can’t make it home or at least to a place with a fully functioning kitchen during Thanksgiving, you can put that microwave to work. Here’s how to have a full-fledged feast, out of the comfort (or lack thereof) of your dorm room.


Let’s start with the basics: the turkey. Just kidding. Let’s talk supplies.

You’ll need a microwave (duh), larger mixing bowls, measuring cups, and as an extra option, microwave bags.  Also, probably some serving spoons and a knife for the turkey so you don’t have to go all caveman on the food.

Now it’s time to talk turkey. Or more specifically, turkey breast.  While you could manage to cook a six pound or less turkey in a microwave, life is a little easier when you’re dealing with just a turkey breast.

First, thaw it out and cover it in olive oil or butter, depending on your preference. Then add seasoning, like onion soup mix or dry salad dressing.  Then, place the meat in the microwave bag and cook it for ten minutes per pound, making sure it rotates in the microwave. Let it set for roughly 15 minutes after it is finished before serving.

Next, the stuffing. Please save yourself the time and sanity by just buying pre-made stuffing, like Kraft’s Stove Top. All you do is add boiling water and a spoonful of butter to the stuffing, then stir, cover and fluff.

Now it’s time for the potatoes. While both you and your microwave might be ready to give out at this point, you’re almost done. It is possible.


Please make sure to wash your potatoes, then poke them with a fork all over and put them on a paper towel in the microwave.  It should take roughly 18 to 20 minutes if you have about five potatoes in there, but check them around 12 minutes.  You’ll know they’re done when your fork goes right through the potato without effort.  Mash and dress to your desire.

For vegetables, if you’re into that kind of thing, use steam bags or pre-cooked vegetables that you can find in the freezer aisle.

Finally, the good part: dessert. While it’s mildly impossible to bake a pumpkin pie in your dorm, these no-bake mini pumpkin cheesecakes are a great, classy-looking substitute.

And there you have it. It’s the little microwave that could. Enjoy your microwaves-giving. You’ve earned it.

If your dorm has a kitchen available for use that you trust, check out these easy 11 recipes. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!