Dish up a meal without having to put on pants, and enjoy every single second of it.
Whether you’re hungry in your college dorm room in the middle of the night, cash-trapped in a hotel room while travelling, or just simply motivated to logistically challenge yourself to have breakfast in bed – LITERALLY, with extremely limited resources, we’ve compiled recipe ideas for your fancy unconventional a$$ to level up and leave those tragic cake-in-a-mug attempts in the past!
1. Brew Up Your Next Japanese Dinner
A chunky slice of salmon with ginger, garlic and soy sauce sits in the coffee maker’s carafe. Sliced broccoli and cauliflower are steamed in the basket while the salmon poaches below. Cause we’re gourmet like that!
2. Cook Crisp, Tender Vegetables
All you’ve got to do is toss your favourite veggies, like green beans or carrots, in a Mason jar, add a bit of oil and seasoning, secure the lid on, then put it in the dishwasher while you’re cleaning other dishes to kill two birds with one stone.
3. Quiche in a Mug
Place mug in microwave, and cook on high for 1 minute, just until egg is completely cooked, and the quiche is slightly puffed. Pro Tip: Add in some swiss cheese, ham, and spinach for a real fancy-schmancy microwaved quiche.
4. Four-Cheese Grilled Sandwich
All you need is wheat bread, butter, four types of SERIOUS CHEESY BUSINESS, aluminium foil and a hot flat-iron. Caution: this will change your life and your slammin’ figure.
5. Cold Coconut and Peanut Ramen Salad
Boil a packet of ramen and add two tablespoons of peanut butter (do yourself a favour and opt for chunky), half of the seasoning packet and a tablespoon of soy sauce before topping it off with chilli flakes, crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro!
6. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars
Nom on your own granola bars during rush-hour. Combine crispy rice cereal and oats. For extra brownie points, throw in nuts, seeds or bran cereal. Heat up brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a microwave. Pour over dry mixture and let it sit – at this point you can make it rain with the chocolate chips.
7. Risotto Cups
Say goodbye to standing over the stove for hours to cook up a decent meal. Test the following combinations for a mouth-gasm:
Butternut Squash + Sage, Mushroom + Thyme & Bacon + Kale + Mushrooms.
8. Margherita Pizza Quesadilla
If a Margherita Pizza and a Quesadilla had a lovechild – this would be it.
Layer tomato slices, mozzarella cheese strips, and basil leaves on top of a tortilla wrapped in aluminium foil, before pressing it down with a flat iron on low to medium heat, until the cheese is melted. Flip, repeat and serve!
9. Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes
Dress up your buttery garlic microwaved mashed potatoes by adding fresh greens as a delectable side for your main course. Crumble feta cheese on top and fold it into the potatoes when it’s still hot. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper or butter if needed.
10. Banana Berry Oatmeal
Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring. A little protein powder, fruits, and cinnamon goes a LONG way. Pack even more toppings like shredded coconut, chopped pecans to become a master oatmeal chef.
11. Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark
Jazz up a plain old dark chocolate bar by melting it in the microwave, and stirring in cranberries and pistachios for a triple-threat of antioxidants. The colour palette from the fruit and nuts look like gorgeous little gems embedded in the chocolate!
12. Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Spike up mediterranean flavours by squeezing lemon, adding basil and drizzling olive oil over your ordinary tuna. Scoop into lettuce wraps or spread on bread for a quick fix-me-up!
13. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Open-Faced Sandwiches
A cucumber crunch is the perfect balance to rich, creamy low-fat cream cheese. Remember to use the cream cheese sparingly – a little goes a long way in terms of taste and texture! Garnish with dill for a herbal instagram-worthy touch.
14. Rice Krispies Treat for One
Some things are better UNshared. Microwave Rice Krispies Treats for one, are made just like the classic recipe, but you can whip this up in a microwave in about a minute. Melt marshmallows in a bowl and mix in the rice cereal – easy peasy!
15. Poached Chicken
Let your inner MacGyver shine! Measure out about a centimetre of water in the carafe and dump it in the coffee maker’s reservoir to heat up. Stick your chicken and butter in the carafe and douse it with seasoning. Flip the coffeemaker on, and hot water will soon flow into the carafe.
17. Avocado Toast
Ah yes, a Yuppie’s staple food. Other than being a MUST for Snapchat posts, it’s a solid way to stay healthy on-the-go. Creamy avocado smeared on top of crunchy toast has endless possibilities of toppings in this world.
18. Mac & Cheese
Comfort food at its finest. Note: elevate your microwave cooking skills and add some herbs, and veggies, like red peppers or even chopped broccoli.
19. Chia Seed Pudding
In a small bowl or jar combine chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. Once you’re ready to eat, load on the honey and top it off with your favourite fruit or chopped nuts.
21. Banana Bread Cake
Reel in compliments as you whip out dessert in the form of this gluten-free banana bread cake out of a rice cooker. Stick a chopstick in and if it comes out clean, it’s ready for ya! Let it cool before removing from rice cooker by inverting the bowl on to a plate.