Drool-worthy Mug Meals in Mere Minutes

Drool-worthy Mug Meals in Mere Minutes

Get ready to raise the bar for your microwave meals with these quick, easy and delectable recipes that can be made in. A. Mug. No fuss, no mess (and only one glass to clean). You're welcome.  

1. We'll start with some amazing breakfast options like this Banana French Toast from Steph's Bite By Bite!

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  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • maple syrup
Layer half the bread cubes in a coffee mug. Top with 1/2 of the banana slices. Layer with the remaining bread cubes and top it with the rest of the banana. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, almond milk, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over the bananas and bread. Place mug in microwave for 2 minutes on HIGH. Top with syrup before serving.  

2. Coffee Cup Quiche - hello prosciutto and thyme!

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Stltoday.com)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 slice prosciutto or ham
  • Fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives
  • Dijon mustard
Using a fork, beat egg and milk together in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into bite-size pieces; stir in. Next, stir in cream cheese. Tear or cut prosciutto into small pieces; add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme. Microwave on high until done, about 70 seconds. Garnish with mustard and fresh thyme or chives.  

3. Fresh Granola - a quick update to grandma's recipe...

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  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • 2 teaspoons of oil (olive, coconut or butter)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1/3 instant oatmeal flakes or regular oats
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed nuts or seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped dried fruit (raisins, dried apricots, prunes or cranberries)
Assemble (but don’t mix!) the maple syrup or honey, water, oil, salt, oatmeal and nuts in a large mug. Microwave at medium power for two minutes. Mix thoroughly and make sure that there’s no syrup left at the bottom. Microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes on the same power setting; the oatmeal should turn a golden color. Add the dried fruit, cool for 2-3 minutes, and voila, breakfast to go!  

4. Egg White Omelet - a healthy and lean option!

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  • 4 egg whites (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of green bell pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of red bell pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of cheese
  • Green onions
  • Salt and pepper according to taste
Grease a mug with vegetable oil. Whisk the egg whites, add all the ingredients and mix well. Microwave for one minute, then stir and put the omelet back in for another 1-2 minutes until the eggs are completely cooked.    

5. Coffee Cup Chilaquiles - spice up your lunch!

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Stltoday.com)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sharp cheddar cheese
  • 5 tortilla chips, divided
  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Queso fresco
  • Chopped green onion
Beat egg and milk with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add cheddar; stir to coat. Break 3 or 4 tortilla chips into small pieces to fit in the cup; stir into the mixture. Add salsa. Microwave on high until done, about 70 seconds. Garnish with remaining tortilla chips, sour cream, queso fresco and green onion.  

6. Meatballs without the mess!

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Brightside.me)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of ketchup (you can make without this if cooking for kids)
  • 2 tablespoons of instant oatmeal flakes
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) minced beef
  • Salt and pepper according to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and shape them into balls. Place the meatballs in a mug greased with oil. Bake in the microwave at high power for three minutes. Serve with sauce or pickled vegetables.  

7. Bacon and Kale Microwave Risotto - you read that correctly. Talk about a life hack! Forget stirring by the stove for hours with this time saver:

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Brit.co)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Parmesan
Begin by adding 1/2 tablespoon of butter to each mug or ramekin and adding a spoonful of onions. Microwave for 90 seconds on high, stirring after 30 seconds to distribute the melted butter. Next, add a pinch of garlic, 1/4 cup rice, and 1/4 + 2 tablespoons broth. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave at 50% power level for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Add additional broth if necessary. Repeat heating process. After heating for a total of 4 minutes, it’s time to add the wine. About 1-2 tablespoons per mug/ramekin should do it. At this point, you should also add your mushrooms. Cover again with plastic wrap and heat for another 2 minutes at 50%. Add the chopped bacon and kale. Heat on 50% power for another minute, then add your parmesan.  

8. Italian Meatball Stew - hearty deliciousness!

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  • 4 frozen beef meatballs
  • 1⁄2 cup marinara sauce (125 mL)
  • 1⁄3 cup ready-to-use beef broth (75 mL)
  • 1⁄3 cup drained canned mixed vegetables (75 mL)
  • 2 tbsp drained canned or jarred (30 mL)
  • mushroom pieces
  • Salt and ground black pepper
Suggested accompaniments: Grated Parmesan cheese or shredded Italian-blend cheese; chopped fresh parsley In the mug, microwave meatballs on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely warmed through. Using a fork, cut meatballs in half. Stir in marinara sauce, broth, mixed vegetables and mushrooms. Microwave on high for 1 1⁄2 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with suggested accompaniments, as desired.  

9. It sounds counter-intuitive, but for a low-carb meal option, I present Lasagna in a Mug.

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Ginnyslowcarbkitchen.blogspot.com)
  • 1 tablespoon Classico Pizza Sauce
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pParmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pork sausage patty, precooked, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Classico Pizza Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
Spray 1 soup mug or small bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Add 1 tbsp pizza sauce and spread on the bottom of your mug. In small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and salt. Mix well. Pour into mug on top of pizza sauce. Add 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese on top. In small bowl, mix pork sausage with 2 tbsp pizza sauce and spread on top of cheese layer. Sprinkle an additional 2 tbsp mozzarella on top. Microwave 2 to 2 1/2 minutes on high. Let cool for a couple minutes.  

10. Egg Fried Rice - a great way to get some vegetables in!

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Healthynibblesandbits.com)
  • 1 cup (about 125g) instant microwave rice
  • 2 TBS frozen peas
  • 2 TBS chopped red pepper
  • ½ green onion, chopped
  • small pinch of mung bean sprouts
  • small pinch of shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp five-spice powder
Place the rice into a large mug and cover with cling film. Using a knife, puncture one or two small holes through the film. (This step is important! You don't want to scald yourself.) Microwave the rice for a minute. Mix in the vegetables (peas, red pepper, green onion, bean sprouts and purple cabbage). You can add as many vegetables as you want so long as the contents don't spill over the mug. Cover the mug with the cling film, and microwave another minute. In the meantime, beat the egg and mix with the seasoning (soy sauce, sesame oil, onion powder and five-spice powder). Pour the egg mixture into the mug, and mix well. Cover the mug with cling film again, and microwave for another 35 to 40 seconds. Take the mug out of the microwave, and give everything a good stir. The egg should look fully cooked. Let the fried rice stand for a minute before serving.  

11. Greek Salad with Cous Cous

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  • 1/3 cup of raw couscous
  • 1/3 cup of chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 tomato cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of olives cut into halves
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon of feta cheese
Pour some water into a mug and place it in the microwave at full power for 3 minutes until the water boils. Pour in the couscous, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Then whisk with a fork. Add lemon juice, olive oil and salt and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool, add the olives and tomatoes, sprinkle with feta cheese, and your healthy snack is ready.  

12. Spiced Lentils with yogurt, almond and mint - for the adventurous vegetarian!

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  • ¾ cup rinsed drained canned lentils
  • ½ can (10 oz) reduced sodium diced tomatoes w/ green chiles (e.g., Ro-Tel), undrained
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt if vegan)
  • 1 tbsp chopped roasted salted almonds
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh mint
Suggested accompaniment: Warm naan, pita or flour tortilla
In a large (16 oz) mug, combine lentils, tomatoes, cumin, ginger and hot pepper sauce. Microwave on high for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until hot. Top with yogurt and sprinkle with almonds and mint. Serve with warm naan, if desired.

And now, time for dessert!

13. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from one of my favorite recipe bloggers, ChocolateCoveredKatie!

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Chocolatecoveredkatie.com)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (PB2 or Betty Lou’s)
  • scant 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar or xylitol (omit if you like bitter chocolate cake)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch stevia OR 1 additional tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut or veg oil, or mashed banana or applesauce (fat-free option)
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. Add liquid, stir, then transfer to a little dish, 1-cup ramekin or even a coffee mug. Cook 1 minute 25 seconds (time may vary, depending on your microwave’s wattage). If you don’t want to eat it straight out of the dish, be sure to spray your dish first (and then wait for the cake to cool before trying to remove it).  

14. Pumpkin Pie - for when you want a little extra taste of the holidays in a snap!

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  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (maple syrup or sugar)
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Walnuts, hazelnuts or any other kind of nuts for garnishing
  • For the dough (if desired, it can be made without this as well)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of almond flour
Mix together all the ingredients for the dough, then place the dough in a mug. In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey (sugar or syrup), until the mixture is smooth. Place the mixture in a mug on top of the dough, making sure to leave some space. Use your fingers to press gently and flatten the surface. Microwave for two minutes. Check with a toothpick; if the cake is still moist inside, microwave another 20-30 seconds.  

15. Coconut Pandan Mug Cake - for something a little different and even vegan-friendly.

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  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (liquid form, zap it for 5-10 seconds if it's solid)
  • ¼ tsp pandan essence (You can find this at your local asian grocery)
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (or other type of milk)
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar (or ¼ cup sugar)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (or your own gluten-free blend)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp + 1 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut (the 1 tbsp is for garnish)
In a mug, mix the coconut oil, pandan essence, agave nectar and coconut milk. Whisk in the baking powder, flour, and salt until there are no more lumps. Stir in the coconut. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave. Sprinkle some extra coconut and then dig in!

16. Minute Cheesecake - for those rich dessert emergencies...

The Daily Buzz (CREDIT: Brightside.me)
  • 1.8 oz (50 g) cream cheese (Philadelphia, mascarpone) or Farmer’s cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A sprinkle of vanilla
  • 2-4 tablespoons of sugar
Mix all the ingredients together. Place them in a large bowl. Cook for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Allow the dish to cool. Garnish with berries, nuts and whipped cream.   H/T: Stltoday.com, Brit.co, Fromvalskitchen.com, Ginnyslowcarbkitchen.blogspot.com, Healthynibblesandbits.com, Powerhungry.com, Stephsbitebybite.com, Brightside.me, Thevietvegan.com

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