Too lazy to cook? Eat your 3 meals from a mug

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When pots and pans are too much effort and eating off of a plate seems unappealing, reach for a coffee mug instead. These quick recipes, aggregated from various blogs, will save you dish-washing and cooking time while still delivering on flavor. Go ahead and have your three meals each day in a mug.



Two-minute French toast from Prudent Baby


1 egg
3 tbsp milk
vanilla (optional)
syrup (optional)
whipped cream (optional)


Butter the inside of your mug by either rubbing it around or melting it using a microwave. Place the bread in the cup of your choosing. Smush it down a bit but not too much — you need the liquid to be able to work its way in.

In a separate cup:
– Crack an egg.
– Add 3 tbsp milk.
– Sprinkle in cinnamon.
– Add a single drop of vanilla extract (optional).

Mix with a fork. Pour the mixture into your cup or cups. Smush it down a little, and give it a minute to soak down into the bread. Add syrup and enjoy!

cinnamon roll mug cake

Three-minute cinnamon-roll mug cake from Cooking Classy

Yields: 1

2 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tbsp packed light-brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp (scant) salt

Cream cheese icing:
1 tbsp cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, softened
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp milk


Prepare cream cheese icing according to directions listed below and set aside. Combine all ingredients (minus cream cheese icing) in a mug, and whisk together with a fork until combined and nearly smooth. Microwave the mixture on high power for 1 minute; then check the cake. If it is not fully cooked, microwave it for an additional 15 seconds. Top it with the icing, and serve warm!

Cream cheese icing:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk with a fork until smooth.

mug omelette

Two-minute microwave mug omelet from Curry and Comfort


1 large egg
2 tbsp milk
salt and black pepper to taste
cooking spray


raw onions, diced
green peppers
finely diced jalapenos
shredded cheese
crumbled/cooked sausage
diced cooked ham
crumbled/cooked bacon


In a bowl, beat one egg, a splash of milk, salt and pepper together well. Then mix in well the add-ins of your choice. Spray a microwave-safe mug with cooking spray, and pour in the omelet mixture. Top with some extra shredded cheese. Heat mug in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave wattage).


pizza muffin

One-minute pizza muffin from Mug Madness


4 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
pinch of baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp all-purpose seasoning
1/8 tsp oregano
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp olive oil
shredded cheese
pepperoni (torn in quarters)
black olives (cut in quarters)


Throw in dry ingredients, and mix until smooth. Then garnish with more cheese, pepperoni, olives or other toppings. Microwave for 1 minute. Enjoy!


Two-minute coffee-cup quiche from All Women Stalk


1 egg
1 1/2 tbsp milk
ground black pepper
1/4 bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.)
2 tsp cream cheese
1/2 slice prosciutto or ham
fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives
Dijon mustard


Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-size pieces and stir in. Stir in cream cheese. Tear or cut prosciutto into small pieces, and add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme. Microwave on high until done, about 1 minute and 10 seconds. Garnish with mustard and fresh thyme or chives.

mac and cheese

Four-minute mac and cheese from Babble


1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup 1 percent milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Combine the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then stir. (The water may overflow while it heats up; it is OK if this happens. If you don’t want it to overflow, use a large microwaveable bowl.) Repeat this for at least 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring at each 2-minute interval. The water should absorb completely, and the pasta will be cooked. If the pasta needs another minute, add 1 tsp water and microwave for another minute. Remove it from the microwave; stir in the milk and cheese. Microwave for another minute. Stir the cheese thoroughly into the pasta and eat up!

meat loaf

15-minute meatloaf in a mug from Taste of Home


2 tbsp 2 percent milk
1 tbsp ketchup (more optional)
2 tbsp quick cooking oats
1 tbsp onion soup mix
1/4 pound lean ground beef


In a small bowl, combine the milk, ketchup, oats and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Pat into a microwave-safe mug or custard cup coated with cooking spray. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160 degrees, and drain. Let stand for 3 minutes. Serve with additional ketchup if desired. Yields 1 serving.


Two-minute chilaquiles from STL Today


1 egg
1 tbsp milk
ground black pepper
1 tbsp sharp cheddar cheese
5 tortilla chips, divided
1 tbsp 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, and 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 1 minute and 10 seconds. Garnish with remaining tortilla chips, sour cream, queso fresco and green onion.


minute cheesecake

One-minute cheesecake from Your Lighter Side


2 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp sour cream
1 egg
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla
2-4 tbsp sugar replacement sub (taste as you go)


Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high heat for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds and incorporating all ingredients. Refrigerate until serving. Optional: Top with fresh fruit, whipped cream and nut meal. Makes a single 1-cup serving.

nutella mug cake

Five-minute Nutella mug cake from Babble


4 tbsp self-rising flour
4 tbsp white granulated sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp Nutella
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp olive or vegetable oil


Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes. Top with whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce. Enjoy! Makes 1 very large serving.


Cookies and Cream mug cake

Two-minute cookies and cream mug cake from Kirbie’s Craving


For the cake:
5 1/2 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
2 Oreos

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 Oreos


Mix all ingredients for the cake in an oversized mug, excluding the Oreos. After batter is smooth, add in the Oreos and crush them into the batter with a metal spoon. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes in microwave. Check the middle of the cake. If it is not done, cook for about 20 more seconds. Be careful not to overcook, or cake becomes rubbery. While cake is cooling, make the frosting. Whip the heavy cream and sugar on high speed. Crush Oreos separately in a food processor. Oreo crumbs must be fine enough that they fit through piping tip if you are piping the frosting. After the heavy cream becomes thick and forms peaks, gently fold in the crushed Oreos before placing frosting into piping bag. The recipe makes more frosting than needed for a single serving.

Image sources: Alan Cleaver under Creative Commons, Prudent Baby, Cooking Classy, Curry and Comfort, Mug Madness, All Women Stalk, Babble, Taste of Home, STL Today, Your Lighter Side, Kirbie’s Craving

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