Say goodbye to hectic days when you’re running late or when you feel like doing absolutely nothing all day in your pajamas. Whatever the occasion, a simple recipe that only consists of a microwavable safe mug and a few other ingredients will surely help you tackle the day while feeling like a top-notch chef. The microwave is without hesitation the best invention to ever exist, and it is a college student’s best friend. I depended on this handy machine to get me through my freshman year without crying at another bowl of cereal or a PB&J sandwich. This article is for anybody and everybody who has a microwave and wants to put their cooking skills to the test. Here are quick and easy recipes to make in a mug, suitable for crazy mornings or late night sweet cravings.
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Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Mug Cake
This recipe is perfect for either breakfast or dessert and takes just five minutes to make! While it does have the word ‘cake’ in it, you can easily defend yourself because both oatmeal and peanut butter are excellent sources of protein and fiber - so live out your sweet fantasies in the early morning. This recipe is a double batch so you can either cut it in half or take on the whole thing with no regrets. Give the recipe a try here!
2 Minute Egg Omelet
Here is a recipe for all those individuals looking for a protein-packed punch. If you have continued or started a resolution to work out and eat healthier, then look no further because this quick and easy meal will have you wanting more. The best part about this recipe is that it is customizable - add any vegetable and/or seasoning combination as you please. Once you try this meal, I guarantee you will never want to skip out on breakfast again!
Here’s a recipe for all you vegan friends or individuals who don’t mind some adventure in what they eat. Again, this meal is customizable and allows you to add or take away anything you want. I know tofu may sound intimidating for some with its little-to-no flavor or different-than-most textures, but I promise it is one of the best meat/dairy replacements out there. Plus, it is a great source of protein, iron, and calcium, and it aids in weight loss. Give this recipe a try (especially because it takes no more than two minutes to make).
1 Minute Blueberry Muffin (paleo, vegan, gluten free)
I know what you’re thinking - this recipe is too good to be true. But I am here to inform you that it’s not! Inspired by the infamous Starbucks blueberry muffin, this recipe has been modified for anyone to try and love, and the best part is that it only takes one minute to cook. This muffin is low calorie, which means there is no guilt in enjoying this delectable treat for either hectic mornings or cozy days comprised of binging TV shows and movies. Give this recipe a try over and over again because it will be hard to stay away from it!
Instant Mac & Cheese
I saved the best for last not only because this is a fan favorite and classic recipe but because it was made and modified for lovers of mid-day snacks or those who need a little pick-me-up. What’s so great about this recipe is that it only needs four ingredients and takes just five minutes of your time. Never worry about having to boil water on the stove and waiting so anxiously as your free time gets swallowed up. Grab any mug you can find and get to cooking! You’re gonna want to make this mac & cheese over and over again.
Never go hungry with these easy to make recipes. All you need is a microwave, a couple ingredients for each recipe listed, and determination to make you feel empowered and chef-title worthy. Gone are the days of never eating breakfast, not wanting to wash a load of dishes, or not knowing what to eat in a time crunch. Let these recipes be your guide and get to feasting!
For additional recipes for any meal, look here - they include a range of different options and consist of healthy ingredients to make you feel good about not only saving time but what you’re putting in your body!
Hailey Foster, 19, is a rising sophomore studying journalism and media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She loves to watch old Hollywood movies in her free time, especially Breakfast at Tiffany's, her favorite and go-to.