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Microwave Cooking: Beyond Popcorn and Baked Potatoes

One of the things we love most about the Internet: you can find anything out there. Someone, somewhere has done the research to figure out the very thing you need. And today, that thing is a cinnamon roll cooked in a mug in the microwave.

No kidding, you can do that.

You can make an infinite variety of healthy breakfasts that go way beyond instant oatmeal, in fact. Even if you’re living in a dorm room or studio flat where your microwave is your best bet food-wise (or even if you just enjoy the no-muss-no-fuss speed and convenience of your microwave), you can serve up a full, gourmet, microwave-made meal with some of the great recipes we’ve come across recently.  Check these out:

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Unlike regular homemade cinnamon rolls, this one is fast and easy. Just like them, it’s tasty. Get the recipe.

Microwave Potato Chips

You can also try this one with lots of other firm veggies. Sweet potatoes? Yes. Carrots? Sure. Turnips, parsnips, beets? Go crazy, guilt-free. Get the recipe.

Mac and Cheese in a Mug

You could go the powdered-cheese route. But this just isn’t any harder, and it tastes so much better! Get the recipe.

Omelet in a Mug

The number of things you can make in the microwave in a mug…wow. Try this omelet recipe for a super-quick, healthy start to your day. Get the recipe.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

If you’ve made homemade peanut brittle, you know it’s pretty tricky to pull it off the stove at the exact right temperature. The microwave solves that problem for you! Try this recipe for some homemade crunchy goodness.

Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can do oatmeal in the morning. But quinoa mixes it up a bit, and it packs in lots of protein. Get the recipe.

Red Beans and Rice in a Mug

If you have some leftover rice in the fridge, this one’s a quick route to a tasty dinner, but even if you have to cook the rice first, it’s worth the effort. Get the recipe.

Microwave Risotto

No kidding—risotto in the microwave. This one does take a few steps, mostly adding things to the dish at separate times, but that’s still better than standing over the stove for an hour to make risotto the old-fashioned way. Get the recipe.

Meatloaf in a Mug

We see your cakes and cookies in a mug and we raise you a meatloaf. Add a salad and you’ve got a great meal. Get the recipe.

10-Minute Gluten-Free Chicken Enchiladas

If you’re feeding a crowd, mugs won’t cut it, but this amazing chicken enchilada dish will. It’s quick to put together but definitely impresses. Get the recipe.