Dorm room microwave cooking for the holidays

by Laura Tomah

Yeardisc editor

The holiday season is upon us once again, and it’s time to make yourself miserable with your family at the dining room table.

What better way to help out your mom or prepare for your club’s holiday party than putting your microwave to use?

While these recipes will never come close to mom’s or grandma’s, they will surely fill your holiday comfort-food void and impress your friends.

They can also make good snacks for finals week.


Impress your whole family with this delicious pecan pie.

That is, if you can make it out of town before your neighbors eat it all.





Servings: 8

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup corn syrup

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 cup pecan halves

1 (9-inch) pastry roll out refrigerated pie shell


Roll out refrigerated pie shell and place in microwave-safe pie pan.

Microwave for 4 minutes and set aside.

Place butter in a medium-size glass bowl.

Cook on high 1 1/2 minutes or until butter is melted, then stir in remaining ingredients except pastry shell.

Pour mixture into shell. Cook for 10 minutes without pecans.

Put pecans on top of custard and cook for 2 minutes.

Cool and serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving (values rounded to the nearest  whole number): 439 calories; 22 g total fat; 7 g saturated fat; 4 g polyunsaturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat; 77 mg cholesterol; sodium 202 mg; potassium 164 mg; 67 g total carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 59 g sugars; 4 g protein.


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Pumpkin pie is my personal holiday favorite and something I am especially picky about.

This recipe is in my favorites for this treat now with its perfect mixture and taste.




Servings: 8

1 (9 inch) roll out refrigerated pie shell, baked

1 can (30 oz.) pure pumpkin

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2/3 cup evaporated milk

¾ cup of sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of cinnamon

½ tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter


Roll out refrigerated pie shell and place in microwave-safe pie pan.

Microwave for 4 minutes and set aside.

Mix together pure pumpkin, eggs, milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Melt butter in small custard cup, about 30 seconds.

Add 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and brush mixture on pie shell.

Pour pie mixture in shell. Cook 22 minutes on high.

Let cool and serve with whipped cream if desired.


Nutrition information per serving (values rounded to the nearest whole number): 229 calories; 7 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 280 mg sodium; 332 mg potassium; 39 g total carbohydrate; 5 g dietary fiber; 26 g sugars; 4 g protein.


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This banana pudding is sure to please your sweet tooth and is so simple as well as quick that your friends will love you on movie night.




Servings: 15

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoon flour

3 egg yolks

1 cup milk

1 stick butter

1 box vanilla wafers

4 bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla


3 egg whites

6 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix sugar and flour. Add egg yolks. Add milk to make paste.

Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir mixture and then microwave 3 minutes or until desired thickness.

Cut up bananas and layer with wafers in microwave safe pan. Cover bananas and wafers with mixture.

Beat egg whites until stiff and add sugar and vanilla. Put on top of pudding and microwave 6 minutes.

Refrigerate for about an hour and then serve.


Nutritional information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 305 calories; 11 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 86 mg sodium; 210 mg potassium; 49 g total carbohydrate; 1 g dietary fiber; 29 g sugars; 3 g protein.


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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my friends and I have. I can honestly say these recipes helped me make new friends, and I can’t wait to share them with my family.


Please your sweet tooth with this Microwave Banana Pudding recipe. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)


Impress your family and friends this holiday season with Microwave Pecan Pie. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)


Microwave Pumpkin Pie with a delicious mixture and taste to please any holiday guest. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)