By Maddi Mitchell
No saying rings truer to college students than the ol’ misery loves company. We discuss poor exam grades, lack of sleep, and – of course – how we haven’t had a decent meal since summer break. Arguably one of the most difficult aspects of being a college student is finding something edible to nosh on. You want that to be a healthy, home-cooked meal? Forget about it.
But, wait; what if there was another option? Last year, after my epiphany, I was shocked to discover that perhaps I didn’t have to eat out of the garbage for nine months. I scheduled an appointment with Melanie Brede, a well-known nutritionist at CAPS, and was too shocked to even think straight after I finished my session. How was it possible that I, an eighteen-year-old with the cooking experience of a toddler mixed with Red Foreman from That 70’s Show, could prepare actual food of substance? Simple: grab a mug and a microwave.
Think your favorite mug can be used only for OJ and late-night coffee?
THINK AGAIN. Mugs are your new best friend. Mugs will bring your eating habits from bland to out-of-this-world. Mugs will transform your life.
These recipes are perfect for when you don’t have the time to make or eat a huge meal, but are craving something in particular. Better yet, they’re super speedy due to their petite size. Are you hooked yet? No? Allow me to provide you with some examples:
S’mores Cake. Need I say more? Here’s how you make this bad boy (or girl!!!)
makes 1 serving, can easily be doubled
2-3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (mine was dark cocoa, hence the dark color)
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate (chopped or morsels)
marshmallow fluff, cream or actual marshmallows
- Throw about three tablespoons of butter and an ounce of chocolate (Or more… Do not feel ashamed!) into your best friend (the mug).
- Toss in el microondas (Spanish for “the microwave”).
- Put crushed up graham crackers at the bottom of your baby bowl.
- Whisk the egg, sugar, and vanilla together, then add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Keep stirring!
- Want to add more chocolate? Do it.
- Alternate pouring marshmallow fluff (drooling) and the batter.
- Pop that silly dilly in the microwave for a minute and 20 seconds.
- Throw on some more fluff if you’re fan.
- YOU HAVE A LITTLE S’MORES CAKE – HOLY MOLY!
Not a dessert fan? That’s A-Okay. Here’s a recipe that you can’t mess up:
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 or 2 slices of bread
pinch of pepper
pinch of thyme (if desired)
slice of deli meat (if desired)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
- Beat an egg and 1 ½ tablespoons of milk in yo’ mug.
- Break off pieces of your favorite bread and throw it in.
- Add some pepper and cream cheese. Yum.
- Rip off some prosciutto (or a cheese of your choice) and throw it in.
- Feeling fancy? Add in some thyme.
- Extra hungry? throw in some pieces of deli ham or other meat!
- Literally chuck it into the microwave for a minute and ten seconds.
- You LITERALLY just made yourself quiche. Who have you become? (Answer: the best version of yourself)
I’m so proud of you for reading this because now you are SO PREPARED and can MAKE YOURSELF REAL PEOPLE FOOD. Seriously, if I can do it, you more than can.
Go out there and conquer the universe (or, at least the microwave). You’ve so got this.
Check out these sites for even more mug recipes!
If you like quick and easy breakfasts, check out PHE Sanchita Gupta’s blog post on mason jar creations!
Do you want to have an enlightening experience with a stunning nutritionist like I did? If so, email Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org and prepare yourself to be WOWED.
Sources for recipes: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/smores-cake-in-a-jar/ and http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/coffee-cup-quiche/article_2d121f31-d6b0-564c-bbac-6fca97a08276.html