Oatmeal is a go-to option for college meal prep (especially in a dorm), but it’s not the only healthy, microwaveable breakfast. Instead, try this deliciously simple and budget-friendly twist: a QUNIOA breakfast bowl!
Basically, it’s like a quinoa breakfast porridge or quinoa hot cereal. Just as warm and comforting as oatmeal, loaded with whole grain goodness, and quinoa even has an added boost of protein!
Top it however you like—with fresh berries, dried fruit, or chopped nuts and seeds. But, since affordability is crucial with meal prep for college students, I chose a cheaper fruit option: banana!
Best of all, this microwave quinoa breakfast bowl is just as convenient to make as oatmeal. In fact, this recipe shows you how to cook quinoa in the microwave! You can prep a batch in bulk and keep it in the fridge to use throughout the week—for quinoa breakfast bowls OR other meals.
How to Cook Quinoa in Microwave
Once you learn how to cook quinoa in the microwave, you’ll never go back! Honestly, I can’t tell a difference between stovetop and microwave quinoa, and it’s just so darn EASY to cook quinoa in the microwave. First, there’s the option to rinse your dry quinoa with cold water.
Whether you want to make quinoa in the microwave OR on the stove, rinsing helps remove quinoa’s natural saponin coating, which can give the grain a bitter or soap-y taste. But, it depends on the type/brand of quinoa, and rinsing may not be necessary with boxed varieties that come pre-rinsed.
Then, to cook quinoa in the microwave, grab a microwave-safe bowl and add your dry quinoa (rinsed, if you prefer) and water. You can really cook as much as you want, I just recommend using a 1:2 ratio of quinoa-to-water. Meaning, for every ½ cup of dry quinoa, add 1 cup of water.
Finally, cover your bowl with a lid or plate and let ‘er rip! Personally, I like to microwave quinoa for 6 minutes, stir, cook another 4 minutes, then I let it rest with the lid/plate on. After 8-10 minutes of resting, all of the water should be absorbed and your quinoa is cooked!
Healthy on a Budget TIP:
Pre-packaged quinoa can be a bit pricier than oats. So, to keep your college meal prep extra budget-friendly, buy dry quinoa from the bulk bins in your grocery store! You can fill up a bag with however much you need, but the price by weight is far more reasonable.
And, with a large microwave-safe dish, it’s easy to cook quinoa in the microwave in bulk! That way, you can have healthy grains on-hand for meals throughout the week—whether it’s a quinoa breakfast bowl, a burrito bowl, a Buddha bowl, or whatever you like!