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23 Surprisingly Fancy Microwaveable Mug Meals

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life

We're not entirely sure who came up with the microwaveable mug recipe concept, but he or she is pretty much a hero in our book. Who knew you could throw a bunch of ingredients in a mug, zap it, and it would actually be good?

You've probably given mug brownies a try by now, but there's actually a whole world of meal possibilities out there too. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, these mug recipes have got you covered. The next time you're starving but just can't with the oven, give one of them a try.

Breakfast

1. Gluten-free bread in a mug recipe

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Oh Sweet Mercy

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Pretty Prudent

Forget oatmeal — this French toast is just as quick and easy to make, but your morning will feel way more decadent.

More: 21 Stuffed French Toast Recipes You Can't Get Enough Of

3. Cinnamon roll in a mug recipe

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Cooking Classy

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Jaymay Life Lessons

Treat yourself to this light, fluffy, German pancake, and you'll be starting your morning right.

5. Vegan tofu scramble recipe

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Peta

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Hot Dinner Happy Home

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Full-Thyme Student

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Food & Whine

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.

Lunch/dinner

9. Bacon plus kale plus mushroom risotto recipe

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Brit + Co

Make it in a ramekin, make it in a mug — either way, this microwaved risotto will seriously satisfy.

10. Prawns with melted fennel recipe

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Student Beans

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: From Val's Kitchen

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

No joke, these microwaveable mug meals might change your life
Image: Ginny's Low Carb Kitchen

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.

Next up: Spicy pumpkin meatloaf in a mug recipe

Originally published March 2015. Updated April 2017.

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