Mug Meals

Calasandra Spray (TheLorian)

Got used to home cooked meals over winter break? While it is certainly no replacement for a stove and oven, there’s more you can cook in a microwave than you would think. When you simply can’t face another bowl of Ramen noodles and can’t afford to go out, try these quick and easy recipes instead. 

Start your day packed with classes, after school activities, and work than with a filling breakfast. With five minutes, a few ingredients and a microwave you can have French toast ready to go, and for on the go it’s already in a cup. You’ll need one tablespoon butter, one-fourth cup milk, one egg (beaten), one-fourth teaspoon ground cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon white sugar, one-fourth teaspoon vanilla extract, and two slices of bread (diced into cubes). First you’ll place the butter in a microwave safe mug and cook for roughly thirty seconds. Once the butter is melted tip the mug so that the entire bottom and sides are coated. Next add all the ingredients except the bread. Mix these well and slowly add the bread, making sure it gets well coated. Microwave the mixture until cooked, about a minute and a half to two minutes. Last step, enjoy!

If you’re craving your mom’s homemade meatloaf (a favorite in my household), then mug meatloaf might be for you. You’ll need one slice of white bread (torn into small pieces), two tablespoons milk, one-half tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, one-fourth pound ground beef, one green onion (thinly sliced), one-fourth teaspoon salt, and one-eighth teaspoon pepper. Unfortunately, this one takes two dishes, a bowl and a mug. First you’ll place the torn bread into the bottom of the bowl pour the milk and Worcestershire sauce over it. You’ll want to let it sit for a few minutes so the bread can absorb the liquids. Once the liquid is absorbed, place all your other ingredients into the bowl and mix well. After everything is mixed you can pack it into your microwave safe mug and cook for four to five and a half minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it is firm and no longer pink in the middle. 

For those of you with a sweet tooth, why not make your own cake? In under five minutes you can have a personal serving of cake without leaving your room. With six tablespoons chocolate cake mix, one tablespoon water, two tablespoons applesauce, and two tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) you’ll be ready to make your personal cake serving. Once again using a microwave safe mug, pour in all the ingredients. If available to you stir with a small whisk, if not a fork works just as well. Keep mixing until the batter is smooth. Once it is, cook for one minute, let it cool and eat cake!

If none of these recipes interest you, there’s a plethora more of microwaveable mug recipes at your fingertips on the web. Happy eating!

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