Not everyone has a state-of-the-art kitchen like Mrs. Fields, but that doesn’t mean that wonderful food is out of reach. A friend asked me recently if I had any good recipes for her daughter who is away at college with only a mini fridge and a microwave in her dorm room. I came up with three dishes using only a handful of ingredients that will be easy to keep on hand and have a long shelf life. And the only tools you’ll need for these dishes are a coffee mug, a tablespoon,a plate, a fork and knife. So simple!
Let’s start with an easy breakfast that takes less than five minutes to prepare and will give you a protein-rich beginning to your day.
Breakfast in a Mug
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon water (or milk)
Microwave butter in a ceramic mug for 30 seconds. Add eggs, water, and a dash of salt and pepper to the mug. Use a fork to whisk ingredients together. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Remove and give a quick stir to ensure even cooking. Return to the microwave and cook on high for an additional 45 seconds. Top with cheddar cheese.
HINT: Dress up these eggs any way you like. Add fresh vegetables, bacon, or sliced ham for a savory breakfast.
Next, we have a healthy, easy dish that is great for lunch, dinner, or snack. Fresh tomato slices add some delicious zing (and nutrients) to a traditional ham and cheese. This recipe can be used as a template and is best prepared with this formula: a protein, a fruit or vegetable, and a little bit of fat in the form of cheese or sauce.
Place ham on tortilla and top with pieces of the cheese slice. Top with slices of tomato. Roll up tortilla and microwave on 70% for 90 seconds. Remove and enjoy!
HINT: Try these combinations for other wraps—peanut butter, banana and jelly, turkey and swiss, canned chicken, barbecue sauce and pineapple. Combine this recipe with the Breakfast in a Mug recipe for a delicious breakfast burrito!
Finally, a decadent (and low-fat!) dessert for you to enjoy. This makes a single serving chocolate cake that is super moist and has almost a custard-like texture. This is sure to curb any late-night chocolate cravings without inviting those pesky Freshman Fifteen!
5 tablespoons chocolate cake mix
2 tablespoons yogurt (plain or vanilla work best, though a fruit flavor would be fine)
1 tablespoon diet soda (cola or root beer)
powdered sugar (optional)
Combine cake mix, yogurt, and soda in a coffee mug and stir with fork until smooth and thick. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds, or until top of cake begins to crack and pull away from the edges. Remove and allow to for a few minutes. Eat directly out of the mug, or use a knife to separate cake from mug and transfer to a dish. Top with powdered sugar.
HINT: Add a scoop of ice cream with chocolate syrup for a truly decadent treat!
Do you have any other great microwave dishes? Share them in the comments section.