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.


1. Gluten-free bread in a mug recipe

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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

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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

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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

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

5. Vegan tofu scramble recipe

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

10. Prawns with melted fennel recipe

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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

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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

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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.

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13. Spicy pumpkin meatloaf in a mug recipe

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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

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Easy, healthy pizza? Heck yeah, thanks to kamut flour and your trusty mug.

15. Pizza in a mug recipe

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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

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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

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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

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Forget takeout. You can have eggy fried rice, piping hot and studded with veggies, for a fraction of the waiting time and cost.

More: Stuff Chicken Fried Rice Into a Pineapple for an Exquisite Meal

19. Spiced lentils with yogurt, almonds and mint recipe

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This elegant vegetarian mug meal is full of protein thanks to lentils, yogurt and almonds.

20. Thanksgiving leftovers mug recipe

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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

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Protein-packed and full of flavor, this brown rice mug is definitely a step above Easy Mac.

22. Chicken potpie in a mug recipe

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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

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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.

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