For many students, planning meals, buying groceries, and cooking can be a hassle. It’s hard to muster up the energy to cook a full blown meal for just one person and dealing with leftovers can prove equally frustrating. So, for those of you looking for an easy alternative, consider making some of these easy recipes in a mug for a fast meal any time of day. Mug recipes provide the perfect portion, cook quickly, and leave very little in the way of dishes to clean up.
Break from your routine of scrambling eggs every morning, and treat yourself to this easy recipe for blueberry pancakes in a mug. Start by adding one ladle of pancake batter into your mug and throw in some frozen blueberries. Repeat that step one more time before topping the mug off with another half ladle of batter. Then, pop the mug in the microwave for two minutes (or until the pancakes look fluffy), add some syrup or sprinkle sugar on the top and you are good to go. The best thing about this easy recipe is that you can prep your mugs the night before and store them in the fridge, making it even quicker to indulge in the morning.
When studying or working from home, few things sound better than a cheesy, delicious slice of pizza for lunch. But without venturing outside, the only option is often to order an entire pie – which sometimes means accidentally eating an entire pie. Not ideal. Instead, craft a perfect pizza for one in a mug following this easy recipe. Start by combining 4 tablespoons of flour, a pinch of salt, a pinch of baking soda, and a pinch of baking powder in a mug. Next, add in some liquids: 3 tablespoons of milk and one tablespoon of oil. Whisk in these ingredients completely before adding a dollop of marinara sauce. You can then add as little or as much mozzarella cheese, pepperoni (you can even find mini ones!), and Italian seasonings as you like. Microwave for about 75 seconds, wait to cool, and dig in.
Keeping snacks lying around can be a dangerous move. Instead, why not make a single serving of your favorite snack when cravings strike. The next easy recipe is a rice krispy treat in a mug and you only need three simple ingredients. Start by melting ⅔ cup of marshmallows with one tablespoon of butter in a mug for 30 seconds. Stir together the heated mix, then slowly add in 1 cup of Rice Krispies cereal. It’s as simple as that! You can either eat it immediately in a warm and gooey state or let it cool into a mug shaped rice krispies bar.
For a fancy dinner for one, try this easy recipe: egg fried rice in a mug. To start, pick a pretty big mug as you want a sizable portion to keep you full. Put one cup of cooked jasmine rice on the bottom and top with two tablespoons of frozen peas, two tablespoons of chopped red peppers, half a stalk of sliced green onion (chopped up), a pinch of shredded cabbage, and a few bean sprouts. Cover the mug with cling film, punch a few holes in it to let out steam, and microwave for about a minute and 15 seconds. In a second mug (this is cheating – but only a little!), beat one egg and add one tablespoon of soy sauce, ½ teaspoon of sesame oil, and ½ a teaspoon of onion powder. Add this mix to the first mug, apply the cling film, and microwave again for about a minute and a half. Give everything a second to cool down and finish cooking, and enjoy a nutritional meal for one that took less than ten minutes to make.
Last but not least, desserts can also be mastered within the confines of a mug. You can find millions of recipes for cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cheesecakes in a mug, but a great easy recipe is this glorious Nutella mug cake. Mix ¼ cup of whole or 2 percent milk, ¼ cup of all purpose flour, and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder together. Whisk these until you have a smooth consistency and then begin slowly adding ¼ cup of Nutella. Once mixed, microwave for one minute. At this point check on your cake to see if it looks fluffy, separates from the sides of the mug, and looks set and dry. Continue cooking in 15 second bursts until you get the desired result.