June 27, 2019 | 84° F

On lazy days, wake'n'make these microwavable mug meals

Sometimes, it’s okay to take the easy way out, especially when it comes to whipping up something delicious in your residence hall room. Imagine your stomach growling on a cold rainy day, not wanting to take the long walk to the dining hall and having only a few dollars left in your wallet. The vending machine in the lounge is a convenient but unsatisfying option, and most people underestimate the power of a microwave. A staple for heating up leftovers and cooking popcorn, a microwave can also be utilized to make creative meals in a mug. The best part? They’re personal-sized, so you won’t feel the social pressure to share with your roommate. Forget the pots, pans and oven that you typically use and try these recipes that you can easily make in a mug.

The Burrito Bowl Mug



Canned black beans

Your favorite pico de gallo (or salsa)

A few pinches of salt

Your favorite corn chips

Diced avocado


Combine ¼ c. of rice with ½ c. of water in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on high until all of the water is absorbed. 

Wash beans while rice is cooking

When done, place a few scoops of the rice, black beans and pico de gallo (or salsa) in a mug. 

Give it a stir, and microwave on high for 1 minute to heat. Season with salt, to taste. 

Mac and Cheese Mug


A measuring cup

Elbow noodles

Some pre-shredded cheese




Put 1/3 c. of elbow noodles into your mug

Add 1/2 c. of water to it

Microwave until water evaporates (approximately 4 minutes), then stir

Stir in milk and cheese, microwave for 30-60 seconds

Stir to blend everything together 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug


¼ c. all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. white sugar

1 tbsp. dark brown sugar

3 drops of vanilla extract

1 egg yolk (do not use egg white)

2 tbsps. of chocolate chips

Pinch of salt


Microwave butter in a cup, bowl or mug until soft.

Mix in sugar, vanilla and salt.

Add egg yolk and mix.

Stir in flour and chocolate chips, then mix until all ingredients are fully combined.

Microwave for 40-60 seconds (take out at 40 seconds to check if it is done — you might have to play around with the timing as all microwaves are different).

Try topping your creation with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Rice Krispie Treat Mug


1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter

4 large marshmallows or 1/2 c. mini marshmallows

1 c. Rice Krispies cereal


In a microwave-safe mug, microwave butter on high until completely melted.

Add marshmallows and microwave for 20 seconds more. (Marshmallows will puff up, so be careful to not let them overflow from mug.) 

Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.

Omelet Mug


2 eggs lightly beaten

2 tbsps. fully cooked ham or turkey bacon (or you can omit meat)

2 tbsps. fresh baby spinach, shredded

1 tbsp. green pepper, diced

1 tbsp. red pepper, diced

1 tbsp. tomato, diced

1 tbsp. reduced-fat cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste, if desired


Spray a microwave-safe mug with non-stick cooking spray. 

Combine all ingredients in mug and mix. 

Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir. Cook for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until eggs are completely set.

Elizabeth Leoce

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