If there’s one thing better than eating your favorite meal, it’s eating that meal prepared “quick and easy” in an adorable mug. We already know that mugs are the dirty little secret to whipping up microwaved desserts like brownies. But take a closer look, and you’ll discover a whole new culinary world just waiting for you to set the timer on you microwave.
It’s not lazy — it’s efficient. From pancakes to prawns, chilaquiles to chicken potpie, your on-the-go noshing just got a whole lot more baller:
1. Gluten-free bread in a mug recipe
Who has time for making homemade bread? Thanks to your microwave and mug, now you do!
2. 2-minute French toast in a cup recipe
Forget oatmeal — this French toast is just as quick and easy to make, but your morning will feel way more decadent.
3. Cinnamon roll in a mug recipe
Dense and gooey and pretty darn addicting, this cinnamon roll in a mug is exactly what you would expect from a breakfast confection fresh out of the oven microwave.
4. German pancakes in a mug recipe
Treat yourself to this light, fluffy, German pancake, and you’ll be starting your morning right.
5. Vegan tofu scramble recipe
Mug breakfasts don’t have to center on eggs! This vegan tofu scramble is a hearty morning meal for those abstaining from meat and dairy.
6. Coffee cup chilaquiles recipe
There’s no need to drag yourself out of bed in search of the perfect hangover brunch. These chilaquiles will make it all better, and you won’t even have to put on pants.
7. Quiche in a mug
For those times when you want to look real fancy without even trying, this super-easy microwavaeble quiche for one will do the trick.
8. ‘Baked’ oatmeal in a mug recipe
When the weather outside is frightful (or when the air conditioner is on too high), this hearty and healthy baked oatmeal in a mug will give you something worth waking up to.
9. Bacon plus kale plus mushroom risotto recipe
Make it in a ramekin, make it in a mug — either way, this microwaved risotto will seriously satisfy.
10. Prawns with melted fennel recipe
Be honest: This microwaved prawn mug is fancier than most food you normally cook on a stovetop, isn’t it?
11. Italian meatball stew recipe
Sometimes you just want comfort food, and this hearty meatball stew, made in your favorite mug, delivers.
12. Low-carb, gluten-free lasagna in a mug recipe
Lasagna doesn’t have to be a laborious gut-bomb of a meal. Just a few minutes in a mug, and this low-carb version is yours.
13. Spicy pumpkin meatloaf in a mug recipe
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for coffee. Here it makes a unique mug meatloaf that really stands out from the crowd.
14. Kamut flour pizza mug cake recipe
Easy, healthy pizza? Heck yeah, thanks to kamut flour and your trusty mug.
Consider this the guilty pleasure version of the healthy pizza above, but a professional chef finally figured out how to bake pizza in the microwave — without making “microwaved pizza.”
16. 1-minute Parmesan and cheddar mug cake recipe
You’ll feel oh so fancy as you nibble your Parmesan and cheddar mug cake. Pop open a bottle of wine while it’s in the microwave, and you’re really in business.
17. Healthy microwaved mug soup recipe
Healthy veggies, warm broth and a delicious poached egg make this easy microwaved soup a truly next-level office lunch.
18. Egg fried rice in a mug recipe
Forget takeout. You can have eggy fried rice, piping hot and studded with veggies, for a fraction of the waiting time and cost.
19. Spiced lentils with yogurt, almonds and mint recipe
This elegant vegetarian mug meal is full of protein thanks to lentils, yogurt and almonds.
20. Thanksgiving leftovers mug recipe
If you find yourself craving the hodgepodge flavors of Thanksgiving (minus the hours it takes to cook) year-round, then this mug meal, featuring stuffing, gravy, cranberries and turkey, is for you.
21. Brown rice with edamame and pineapple recipe
Protein-packed and full of flavor, this brown rice mug is definitely a step above Easy Mac.
22. Chicken potpie in a mug recipe
A tiny, flaky, microwaveable chicken potpie that you can make from precooked rotisserie chicken? Yes, please!
23. Creamy macaroni and cheese in a mug recipe
An old favorite. For those times when even making boxed macaroni seems like a chore, this almost-instant “easy mac” is a work of genius.
Originally published March 2015. Updated July 2016.