Recipes

Meals in a Mug: Microwave Cooking

I’ve heard of this here and there, but today NPR confirmed the trend: cooking lunch (or breakfast, or dessert) in your coffee mug…in the microwave. Think it’s crazy? I’ve tried it for brownies, and it actually works, albeit in a single serving size. Maybe I’m ready to try scrambled eggs or mac ‘n cheese, too…would you?

Image: WBUR.org

Listen to the radio story here.Β And check out two recipes they offered up!

Recipe: Mac & Cheese With Mushrooms In An Office Mug

(based on a recipe on theΒ Kitchn)

  • 1/4 cup macaroni pasta
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried shiitake mushrooms, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons roasted tomato salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon flour

Combine the pasta, water and salt in a large microwave-safe mug.

Microwave on high in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is al dente, stirring between each interval. This should take about 6 to 8 minutes total. If the pasta absorbs all the water before it is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water.

Stir in the milk, cheese, mushrooms, salsa and flour. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until the cheese has melted into a creamy sauce, stirring between each interval, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes total. For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese.

Recipe: Brownie In An Office Mug

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (may substitute peanut butter or Nutella)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or water)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

Combine the butter, almond butter and milk in a large microwave-safe mug, and microwave on low for a few seconds, just until the butter melts. Stir to thoroughly combine, then sprinkle in the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir to combine. Microwave on high for about 1 minute.

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