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8 Easy Meals You Can Make in a Mug

Sure, you're using your microwave to make popcorn or warm up last night's leftovers, but there's so much more you could be doing. Your trusty coffee mug can be repurposed in the microwave to make all sorts of super easy meals—from breakfast to dessert—completely pot- and pan-free and in minutes!

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Mug Meals - nine recipeJim Wieland /

Mug Meals You Can Make in the Microwave

You want a home-cooked meal, yet you’re short on time and don’t have fancy equipment, you say? Good news! We have gourmet meals that can be cooked up using your favourite handy coffee mug and a microwave—and only require a handful of ingredients. Read on for the mug meals that will have you swearing off take-out for good!

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Eggs Florentine in a MugJim Wieland /

Eggs Florentine in a Mug

“Using a microwave to cook eggs is a quick and easy way to squeeze a healthy meal into your busy schedule,” says Jim Chakeres, executive vice president, Ohio Poultry Association (OPA). “Eggs can be mixed with your favourite ingredients, microwaved for around one minute then topped with cheese, vegetables or any other ingredient of your choice. As the least expensive source of high-quality protein at only 70 calories each, eggs are truly one of nature’s most perfect foods.”

Get the recipe for Eggs Florentine in a Mug.

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Coffee Mug Molten Chocolate CakeJim Wieland /

Coffee Mug Molten Chocolate Cake

There is nothing quite as satisfying as warm chocolate cake. The following recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is fool-proof and guaranteed to produce the perfect molten chocolate cake in just ten minutes. Best of all, you don’t have to feel guilty when you indulge.

Get the recipe for Coffee Mug Molten Chocolate Cake.

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Pizza in a MugJim Wieland /

Pizza in a Mug

Enjoying your pizza via a mug is an easy way to practice portion control. “If you’re someone who can take down four slices of pizza this will definitely keep you in check,” says Vanessa Rissetto, a nutritionist.

Get the recipe for Pizza in a Mug.

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Soft Polenta in a MugJim Wieland /

Soft Polenta in a Mug

“Even when you only have a mug and microwave, you can get creative and stay healthy,” says personal chef Francesco Casetta. You need to think beyond pre-packaged, processed foods that you heat and serve, and opt for recipes like this yummy polenta instead.

Get the recipe for Soft Polenta in a Mug.

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Minestrone Soup in a MugJim Wieland /

Minestrone Soup in a Mug

“Experiment with fresh vegetables, herbs, and other fresh ingredients from your grocer or farmer’s market,” Casetta says “You’d be surprised how elaborate you can get and nobody will ever know it was prepared in a microwave.”

Get the recipe for Minestrone Soup in a Mug.

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2-Cheese Mac & Cheese MugJim Wieland /

2-Cheese Mac & Cheese Mug

“This recipe works great and saves time and you don’t have a lot of dirty dishes,” says Nicole Pomije, Creator of The Cookie Cups. Bonus: It’s better for you than boxed mac and cheese.

Get the recipe for 2-Cheese Mac & Cheese Mug.

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Mocha Banana Pecan OatsJim Wieland /

Mocha Banana Pecan Oats

Oatmeal makes a healthy meal or snack any time of the day, and you can make it right in your microwave. “Simply brew a little extra coffee, with or without caffeine, for this recipe whenever you make a pot,” says Beth Witherspoon, RD, a consultant for Community Coffee Company. “Feel good about what flavours these oats: Cocoa is rich in antioxidant flavanols, and cassia cinnamon may help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Finally, you can change it up to include your favourite fruit, nuts, and other toppings. This is one good-for-you breakfast that will make mornings taste ever-so-much better,” says Witherspoon.

Get the recipe for Mocha Banana Pecan Oats.

Next, check out our round-up of quick dinner ideas your family will love.

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