Surprising Recipes You Can Make in the Microwave

Your microwave is good for so much more than popcorn. From breakfast to dinner to dessert these easy recipes from Mug Meals by Dina Cheney will give you quick, fuss-free dishes in minutes.

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Apple-Spice Mug Muffin

Yunhee Kim

Apple-Spice Mug Muffin

Coat the inside of a 10- to 12-oz. microwave-safe mug with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup flour, 4 tsp. packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Add 3 Tbs. milk, 1 Tbs. butter, melted, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Fold in 3 Tbs. shredded apples.

Pour batter into the prepared mug and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cool slightly and top with 2 Tbs. chopped apples and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. 

NUTRITION PER SERVING (1 serving) 346 calories; 5g protein; 14g fat (8g sat. fat); 51g carbs; 1g fiber; 25g sugar; 2mg iron; 92mg calcium; 277mg sodium.

Recipe by Suzy Scherr

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Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

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Whole-Grain Oat Berry Muffin

Andrew Purcell

Whole-Grain Oat Berry Muffin

This wholesome breakfast muffin is low-sugar, completely whole-grain, and chock full of antioxidant-rich blueberries. Since the berries become incredibly hot and almost molten, wait a few minutes before serving. If you like, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. White whole-wheat flour is a pale, milder version of traditional whole-wheat flour, but if you can't find it, use traditional whole-wheat flour.

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Breakfast Bar with Quinoa, Oats, Nuts and Fruit

Andrew Purcell

Breakfast Bar with Quinoa, Oats, Nuts and Fruit

Try varying this recipe with other types of cooked grains, nuts, and dried fruit. Double the ingredients and split between two mugs to make more than one bar.

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Nachos with Refried Beans and Avocado

Andrew Purcell

Nachos with Refried Beans and Avocado

Think of these microwave nachos as a tortilla casserole. Feel free to customize with the salsa and toppings of your choice and to swap in guacamole for the fresh avocado. To cut down on sodium, use low- or no-salt refried beans and salsa.

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Spring Fried Rice with Asparagus

Andrew Purcell

Spring Fried Rice with Asparagus

Try incorporating other vegetables and the Korean condiment gochujang into this quick Asian-inspired entrée. For those with compromised immune systems or who prefer their eggs fully cooked, microwave until the yolk is solid, 30 to 60 seconds longer.

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Chocolate Crispy Rice Cookies

Andrew Purcell

Chocolate Crispy Rice Cookies

Here's a near-instant way to prepare a classic childhood bake sale treat, with a chocolate-y twist and a new form -- cookies! Be sure to use a high-quality fudge sauce.

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Manners & Responsibility: Teaching Table Manners

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Sticky Port Spare Ribs

Alexandra Rowley

Sticky Port Spare Ribs

Forget standing over a hot grill. These microwaved pork ribs are irresistible, and ready in about 45 minutes. Genius!

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Red Velvet Pots

Johnny Miller

Red Velvet Pots

A cake that comes together in minutes? You bet! Just mix and microwave. Chances are you have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now.

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Red Velvet Mug Cake

Red Velvet Mug Cake

Red Velvet Mug Cake

This "heart-y" red velvet mug cake can be made in just 90 seconds in the microwave. The powdered sugar heart design on top adds an extra sprinkle of love.

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Andrew Purcell

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The first five recipes and photographs are from Mug Meals by Dina Cheney published by The Taunton Press. Copyright © 2015 by Dina Cheney. Photographs copyright © 2015 by Andrew Purcell. Reprinted by permission of The Taunton Press.

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