We all hear warnings about staying away from fast food and instant meal packets, but sometimes, we just can’t avoid it—especially when we live alone or have no cooking skills. Sick of fast food, deli sandwiches, and eat-on-the-go meals, but have no idea how to fire up the stove and whip up a meal? Don’t worry—thanks to microwave ovens and toasters, you can actually get away with coming up with full meals that don’t require cooking on a stovetop.

Greek Salad With Tuna

Salads like these are satisfying, tasty, and quite healthy. This particular one is loaded with colorful veggies and flavors that will make for a great meal.

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 small bottle of pitted, sliced black olives
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced or diced
  • 1 Cup feta cheese
  • 6 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 small can of tuna chunks in water

Combine all vegetables and top with tuna (drain the water from the can first!). Drizzle with olive oil and toss to enjoy.

Sushi Crab Rolls

If you know how to make rice, great—if you don’t, then make the roll without rice! Homemade sushi rolls are actually super easy to make and don’t require cooking.

Ingredients (per roll):
  • 1 sheet of Nori (Seaweed sheets, available in the Asian food aisles of most supermarkets)
  • 2-3 imitation crab sticks
  • 1 TBSP Japanese mayo
  • ¼ Cup cooked rice (optional)
  • 2 thin slices of ripe mango
  • 2 thin slices of ripe avocado

Lay a sheet of Nori on a flat surface. If you’re using rice, spread out rice onto the edge of the Nori (around 1 inch-wide). Top with crab sticks, mango, avocado, and mayo. Roll tightly, dabbing the nori with cold water to seal the roll. Slice into smaller bite-sized rolls, sushi style, and enjoy.

Microwave-Scrambled Eggs

This easy breakfast recipe is packed with nutrients and doesn’t require much effort.

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ Cup ham, diced

Beat 2 eggs with milk and add a dash of salt and pepper. Combine with chopped ingredients. Microwave for 3 minutes or until fluffy, pausing every 30 seconds to “fluff up” the mixture as the eggs cook. Enjoy with a piece of whole wheat toast.

Toaster Baked Salmon

You may not realize it, but your toaster is actually more than just where you heat your bread. It’s technically a tiny oven, which means you can bake and grill food the same way you do a full-sized oven. Salmon and other fish is a good option, because it cooks much quicker than meats and poultry.

  • 2 pieces of salmon fillet
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • ½ Cup each of soy sauce, brown sugar, and water

Season Salmon fillets with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, rubbing both sides well. Dissolve the sugar with soy sauce and water, and pour into a bowl or re-sealable plastic bag. Marinate for an hour to overnight. Cover grill rack with foil or use the baking rack (if your toaster has one) and preheat toaster to 375 degrees. Take out salmon, shaking excess liquid. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the fish has a flaky texture.

Apple Crumble

To round out your complete meal, whip up this dish reminiscent of apple pie.

  • 1 apple, diced
  • ½ Cup oatmeal
  • ¼ Cup brown sugarr
  • ¼ stick of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Cream together butter, sugar, and oatmeal with half your amount of sugar. Toss apple cubes with brown sugar and cinnamon. Put apples in a small ceramic dish and top with butter, sugar, and oats mixture. Bake in toaster for 10 minutes or until crisp and toasted. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.