Microwave Meals to Make in a Hotel Room

Here is a list of easy microwave meals that can be made in a hotel room. Perfect for business travel or a frugal family vacation!

Hey everyone, Phillip here, with some microwave meals for you that you can make in a hotel.


And if your kids like making their own food, then they’ll love these Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board Ideas!

Microwave Meals You Can Make in a Hotel Room


Bagel Pizzas

Slice a bagel in half and warm it up in the microwave.  (If your hotel room or the hotel kitchen has a toaster, that’s even better!)

Top with pasta sauce, shredded cheese, and pepperoni slices.  Warm up for 30 more seconds in the microwave.

Pasta & Chicken

Here’s an easy, healthy dinner for you!  Have you tried these Barilla ready pouches?  It’s an awesome way to get pasta in the microwave (that doesn’t taste like pasta in the microwave).  So here’s what you do:

  • Cook up the Barilla ready pasta
  • Tear apart the Rotisserie chicken
  • Warm up some alfredo or pasta sauce
  • Cook up microwave frozen vegetables

Mix the chicken, veggies, and sauce in with the pasta, and you have a delicious dinner ready!


Get two tortilla shells and either lunch meat (ham) or Rotisserie chicken.  Put the meat on one of the tortilla shells along with shredded cheese, and warm in the microwave until the cheese is melted.

This is almost one of our favorite 5 minute meals for picky eaters.

Mini Microwave French Toast

When you need French toast in a flash! 1, 2, 3 in the microwave, gluten-free and vegan; breakfast will never be boring again with this mini microwave French Toast, even when you’re in a rush! Plus there’s no mess to clean up!

Cinnamon Apples

Peel and cut an apple into slices or bite-size chunks.  Put apple into a bowl or a mug.  Add 2 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp sugar, and 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Cook in the microwave for 90-120 seconds for a delicious breakfast or dessert! It’s a perfect microwave meal you can make at your hotel!

Savory Veggie Quinoa Flakes

Looking for a savory protein-packed breakfast recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free? A quick & easy healthy bowl of savory veggie quinoa flakes will nourish and fill you up with what you need!

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

Microwave 3/4 cups of frozen cauliflower in a lidded bowl for a minute.  Chop into small pieces and microwave for another 50 seconds.

Added about 1 oz of shredded cheese and microwave for 10 more seconds.  Then stir in 1 Tbsp of heavy cream until a sauce forms for an extremely healthy macaroni and cheese!

It tastes almost as good as our Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, or the macaroni cheese we make from scratch.

Mediterranean Couscous Tuna Bowls

If you can heat up water in a kettle or a microwave, you can make this flavor-packed Mediterranean couscous bowl with shelf-stable ingredients!


In a bowl or a mug, mix two large eggs, 2 Tbps shredded cheese, and any other omelet mix-ins you prefer (like lunch meat ham or peppers).

Microwave for one minute, stir, and then microwave for another minute (or until eggs are set).  Then top with more cheese for a simple microwave breakfast (that does not have rubbery eggs)!

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Cut a spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds.  Place the prepared spaghetti squash flesh side down in a bowl and fill it with 1″ of water.  Cook for 10-15 minutes in the microwave until the squash is tender.

Use a fork to scrape the inside of the squash to create “spaghetti noodles” of squash.  Toss into a bowl with 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp oil, and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.  You can add in some basil, ground pepper, and salt to taste if you want.

Loaded Baked Potato

These chili loaded baked potatoes can easily be made in the microwave. They’re an easy and filling dinner option.

Rice & Beans

Get a cup of minute rice, and purchase a can of Bean with Bacon soup.  Cook the soup in the microwave with half the water than the recipe calls for, and you get a nice coup with broth.

Then get some pork or other meat from the deli of the grocery store and add it in for a nice meal of rice and beans with meat.

Vegetearian Rice Bowl with Chickpeas and Tomato

A balanced meal made in a microwave? Yes, it’s possible–and easy to make. Enjoy this delicious vegeterian rice bowl with chickpeas and tomato.

An earlier version of this post was written by Tiffany on The Crazy Shopping Cart

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  1. This is perfect for what I need right now as I’m moving between hotels and eating out is really costing me! Thank you for sharing

  2. These are such great ideas because they’re budget-friendly, easy to make, and doable in many situations (at home, or on-the-go). Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I travel a lot and use the microwave frequently. These tips would have saved me a lot of ramen! 😩😆

  4. My husband and I worked on the road for a year and this would’ve been great to have for that time! What inventive ideas!

  5. Hi I know the article is a few years old now, but do you have any recommendations on getting the tortilla of the quesadilla to crisp at all?

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