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When you’re in college food is definitely a high priority, but you don’t always want to eat the mysterious food on campus. Don’t worry, you can make tons of meals in your microwave that won’t take more than 5 minutes. Check out some of these delicious meals in a mug you’ll die to try! 




1 large egg

1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk (substitutes: half and half or heavy cream)

1 teaspoon melted unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

4 small grape tomatoes, halved

1/8 cup torn pieces of fresh bread

1 tablespoon grated cheese (e.g., cheddar cheese, mozzarella, etc.)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh herbs, plus more for garnish (e.g., green onions, Italian parsley, chives, etc.)



1. In a microwavable mug, add egg, milk, melted butter, salt, and pepper and whisk until thoroughly mixed and egg whites are completely broken up. Add halved grape tomatoes, torn bread, grated cheese, and chopped herbs on top of egg mixture, making sure ingredients are evenly dispersed and have not settled to bottom of mug. Ingredients will stay settled within the quiche mixture better if you do not whisk ingredients into egg mixture.

2. Place mug in microwave, and cook on high for 1 minute, just until egg is completely cooked and quiche is slightly puffed. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately.


Egg White Omelet 


4 egg whites, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons fully cooked ham or turkey bacon (or you can omit meat)

2 tablespoons fresh baby spinach, shredded

1 tablespoon green pepper, diced

1 tablespoon red pepper, diced

1 tablespoon tomato, diced

1 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste, if desired



  1. Spray a microwave-safe mug with non-stick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in mug and mix. Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. 
  2. Cook for 1-1 1/2 minutes longer or until eggs are completely set.



Baked Oatmeal 


½ cup quick oats

1 Egg

1/3 cup milk

½ a banana

¼ tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. maple syrup or honey



  1. In a mug mash the banana.
  2. Add and combine milk, maple syrup and the egg.
  3. Add the quick oats, cinnamon and combine together.
  4. Gently mix in the berries or your chosen fruit.
  5. Cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Serve & Enjoy



Homemade Mac & Cheese 


⅓ cup (28g/1oz) pasta

¾ cup (175ml/6fl oz) water, cold

4 tablespoons milk

¼ teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)

4 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper



1. In a large microwavable mug or large bowl add in the macaroni and the  water. You need a large mug as the water will boil up.

2. Microwave for roughly 3 ½ minutes. You want the pasta to be fully cooked. (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)

3. Pour off the remaining cooking water.

4. Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for a final 60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.



Quinoa Mix


1 cup rinsed quinoa

1 cup water

1 can whole kernal unsweetened corn rinsed and trained

1 can black beans rinsed and trained

1 avocado

1 tomato (or canned & diced tomatoes)

1 zucchini

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 tbsp. olive (or grape) oil

1/2 tsp. cumin

pinch of salt



1. Boil water in kettle. Rinse quinoa in room temperature water. Add rinsed quinoa to boiling water. 

  1. Let simmer for 15 minutes (or until fluffy and cooked). 
  2. Mix together corn, beans, avocado, tomato, zucchini, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and salt together in a big bowl. When quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork. 
  3. Add quinoa to large mixture of the other ingredients. Serve hot or cold!



Vegan Tofu Dish 


1/2 block firm tofu, crumbled

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

3/4 cup nutritional yeast (aka “vegan crack”)

1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 bunch spinach

1 handful ‘shrooms

Seasonings (I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and turmeric), to taste



1. Mix it all together and nuke for 1 to 2 minutes.



Nutella Cake 


4 tablespoons self-rising flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons Nutella

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil



1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug.

2. Whisk well with a fork until smooth.

3. Microwave on high for 1½– 3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave; mine took 1½ minutes.)

4. Add heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip on medium-high speed until almost stiff.

5. Add sugar and beat until heavy cream forms stiff peaks.

6. Top Mug Cakes with whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce, if desired.


Cinnamon Roll 



4 tbsp all purpose flour

3 tsp granulated white sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/16 tsp nutmeg

3 tbsp fat free milk

1/2 tbsp vegetable oil


Cinnamon swirl

1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp butter


Frosting (makes enough for 2)

1/2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp cream cheese

2 – 2 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar



1. Combine all the cake ingredients into a microwave-safe mug. This is a smaller cake, so using an 8 oz mug should be fine. Whisk with a small whisk until batter is smooth and no lumps remain.

2. In a separate small bowl, combine cinnamon swirl ingredients. Microwave briefly, about 20-30 seconds, or until butter melts. (I recommend covering top with paper towel before microwaving.) Stir and mix until uniform. Pour into a small liquid container that has a narrow pouring spout.

3. Working quickly (you don’t want the butter to cool as your swirl will become hard to pour), scoop out 3 tbsp of cake batter and set aside. Pour a swirl into the remaining batter in the mug, starting from the middle and working to the edge (like in the photos above). Pour the rest of the batter back in, making sure to cover the cinnamon swirl completely. Pour another cinnamon swirl on top. It’s okay if you still have a little leftover of the cinnamon mix.

4. Cook cake in microwave for about 1 minute until cake parts are completely cooked. The butter from the cinnamon swirl might separate slightly during cooking which will cause the cinnamon swirl to be a little gooey and wet but it’ll solidify and sink in as the cake cools.

5. While cake is cooking, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, add ingredients. Warm in microwave slightly, about 10 seconds. Make sure to cover bowl with paper towel before heating. Using a really good whisk, whisk until uniform and frosting thickens. Scoop frosting into a piping bag and pipe frosting onto cake. You should have enough to frost two cakes. You can save the remaining for another time.

Hey! My name is Alex. I just recently joined Her Campus and I'm super excited about it! I'm a Public Relations Major with Minors in Media Production and Sales. I'm very involved on WPU's campus but Her Campus is an organization that I want to focus on the most!
I am currently a junior studying Media Production and Visual Communications at William Paterson University. Coming from a small town, one square mile to be exact, and moving up to this busy North Jersey/city area has been a big change for me, but I'm loving every second of it. Along with HerCampus I'm involved in the TV Club as well as having three on-campus jobs and an off-campus internship. I spend my free time (although there isn't much of it) doing makeup, taking pictures, editing videos, or cuddling with my hedgehog Tuka. New Jersey has been good to me but after school I plan on moving to the west coast and finding out just where I'm meant to be and where I can do what I love.
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