White rice. I know. It is not very thrilling, but when you are in a hotel and limited to a small fridge and microwave and you really want to cook, you just have to go back to basics and build from there. I can do flavorful steamed veggies with our current set up, and there is always some good roasted meats at local markets. There still needs to be a starch, and a cheaper version than what can be found in prepackaged microwaveable bags. All you need is rice, water, a little butter and a glass bowl. Frankly, it takes about the same amount of time as on the stove top, but why compare if you are lacking a stove top, huh? Even when I do have a stove I may still make the rice in the microwave – it will give me more space on the stove and the rice keeps nice and warm in the microwave after it is cooked. Next time I will probably add some herbs and chicken broth to liven it up.
1 cup enriched long grain rice
1 ¾ cup water
1 Tbsp butter
Pinch of salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl that holds at least four cups. Place uncovered bowl in microwave and cook on high for ten minutes. Without opening the microwave door cook for another 12-15 minutes 50% power. Let set in unopened microwave for at least five minutes. Fluff and serve. Cooking time may vary depending on the power of your microwave.