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Recipes: A Full Day’s Worth of Meatless Mug Meals

Do you often find yourself wanting to cook a yummy meatless meal, but don’t have the supplies to make anything fancy? Fret not! Below are two quick and easy meals, plus a dessert, to make in your favorite mug. The best part of this: an oven is not needed, so these are all residence hall-friendly.

Breakfast: Veggie Omelette

Recipe by Elinor Shelp-Peck, Co-Editor in Chief

Omelette photos by Elinor Shelp-Peck

This breakfast is super easy, especially if flipping an omelette is not one of your top skills. Most of these ingredients are easily found in a college fridge and are affordable.


2 eggs

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp skim milk

1 tbsp grated cheese

2 tbsp diced green bell pepper

2 tbsp diced onion

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Dice up the green pepper and onion into small pieces and then add these into the mug. Microwave this combination for 1 minute.

2. Once the minute is up, take the mug out and let it cool until you can hold the mug for more than 30 seconds without burning your hands.

3. Add the eggs, flour, milk and cheese to the mug with the cooked vegetables. Beat this mixture together with a fork until the eggs are fully mixed and fluffy. Microwave the mug for 90 seconds.

4. Finally, pull the mug out of the microwave — be careful, it will be hot — and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Dinner: Burrito Time

Recipe by Elinor Shelp-Peck, Co-Editor in Chief

Burrito photos by Elinor Shelp-Peck

Everyone knows that college students love a good burrito or burrito bowl. This recipe combines them both into one fun and easy recipe.


¼ cup quick-cooking rice

½ cup water



Canned black beans

1 tbsp shredded cheese

Tortilla chips or a chopped and cooked tortilla


1. Pour both rice and water into the mug; cover with a folded paper towel, and microwave for 90 seconds.

2. Take the mug out of the microwave and let it sit for 1 minute. Repeat the 90-second covered microwaving and 1 minute break twice more.

3. Do not remove from the microwave after the final microwave session. Let it set for 5 minutes and then fluff the rice with a fork.

4. Add in beans, salsa and chips to taste, plus the shredded cheese

5. If you are making tortilla chips: cut the tortilla into slightly larger than bite-sized triangles. Place these on a plate and microwave for 1 minute and then flip the pieces and microwave for another minute or until crispy.

6. Microwave the whole mug for 1 minute to heat it evenly. Eat up!

Dessert: Brownie

Recipe by Katelyn Wiszowaty, A&E Editor

You know when you get a craving for something sweet but don’t have the time to run to the store or follow a complicated recipe? Or maybe you don’t know how to bake; it doesn’t matter. A mug brownie is a quick and easy way to satisfy your craving, and anyone can make it.


2 tbsp oil (canola, coconut or melted butter)

2 tbsp light brown sugar (you can use white sugar, but brown is better)

1 tbsp milk of choice

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

Photo by Katelyn Wiszowaty


1. Grab a mug and mix together the oil, sugar and milk.

2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until a smooth, thick batter forms.

3. Microwave for approximately 45 seconds. If needed, check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the brownie is done. The brownie should look fluffy when you first take it out, and then it will set into a sticky gooey brownie texture.

4. Let it cool before eating, or if you’re impatient like me, stick it in the fridge for a few minutes.


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