June 10, 2018
Though baking in the microwave may not be baking in the traditional sense, there’s no denying that it’s the ultimate in convenience food. If you’ve shopped at Bakedin before, you’ll know that we’re huge fans of baking mug brownies and cookies in the microwave. But did you know that we’re also pretty fond of savoury mug bakes too?
Not only is a mug meal perfect for those who only have a microwave to cook (we’re looking at you, students), but it’s also ideal if you’re constantly on the go, or in need of a quick and satisfying meal after a long day at work. Now you can have your breakfast in a mug, lunch in a mug and dinner in a mug too! Let us share our favourite microwavable mug meals with you now...
For the perfect breakfast in a mug, how about microwaved scrambled eggs? Naturally high in protein, this mug meal will keep you full right up until lunch with only 3 ingredients!
All you have to do is mix 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons of milk in a mug. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then microwave on full power for 45 seconds. Stir and then microwave for another 30-45 seconds, depending on the power of your microwave.
But if you like your eggs a bit fancier in the morning, this savoury mug baking recipe is easily pimped up into a microwavable omelette with some cheese, chopped tomato or spring onions too.
Yes, you read that right! Pizza makes a super quick and easy microwave mug meal. There’s no more waiting for the delivery guy, and with a mug making the perfect portion size, you can now eat pizza guilt-free. In fact, this microwave mug pizza is not only healthier but also easier, cheaper AND faster than your favourite Italian pizza place.
So before you give in to those takeaway cravings, check out the Bigger Bolder Baking blog to find out how to make pizza in a mug in the microwave: https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/microwave-mug-pizza/
We’ve already got mug brownies covered, but what about a microwaveable savoury muffin? These cheese and herb muffins from BBC Food are perfect to eat as a snack, or as an accompaniment to soup (which makes another great microwaveable meal, by the by). Check out the mug muffin recipe here: https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/cheese_and_herb_muffin_43619
Forget what you might know about making quiche. We’ve found a recipe that means you can have it in just 5 minutes, fresh from the microwave! And this one is a pure delight, with fluffy eggs and melted cheese, chives, ham and tomato. Have a look at the recipe over on Not Quite Nigella: http://www.notquitenigella.com/2015/07/05/5-minute-quiche-mug/
Mac and cheese is the best comfort food there is. No question. But mac and cheese in a mug? It’s the very definition of a hug in a mug! This microwave mac and cheese recipe takes less than 5 minutes to cook, and it’s as simple as can be. Just pop milk and pasta in a mug in the microwave, and then add the cheese. For the full recipe, head over to Tasty: https://tasty.co/recipe/microwave-5-minute-mac-n-cheese
A lasagne is normally pretty labour-intensive and can take a while to make, but this spinach and ricotta lasagne in a mug recipe by Healthy Nibbles and Bits is ready in just 15 minutes. It does take a little more planning than the other savoury mug bake recipes here, as you’re unlikely to have fresh lasagne sheets and ricotta cheese lying around, but it still makes a fantastic meal if you’re in a hurry. Check out the full recipe now: https://healthynibblesandbits.com/spinach-ricotta-lasagna-in-a-mug
So, now you’ve got the main course (or 6) sorted, why not finish off your meal with a delicious mug brownie, chocolate cookie or cinnamon bun for dessert? Go on - you’re practically a microwave baking connoisseur now!
Have you ever baked a meal in a mug in the microwave? We'd love to hear your success stories (or even your failures!) and whether you'd consider trying out any of the above. Let us know in the comments below!
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