Microwavable Mug Creations: A Great Way to Avoid Campus Food

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After looking through St. Louis Post-Dispatch articles on food recipes (found here and here), I was completely inspired to show everyone how to avoid campus food the easy way: by simple coffee cup recipes you can make in your dorm microwave. Trust me, it’s as simple as that.

Let’s be honest: here at Cal Poly, we don’t necessarily have the best dining options. And after a quarter of eating the same food at VGs and Metro, face it— you’re finding any way you can to avoid campus dining.

All would be dandy if we could just simply cook our own meals, but not every student is blessed with a built in kitchen in their dorm.

But what about the downstairs kitchen? Ahh yes, every red brick dorm has one on the first floor, available to everyone. Sounds like a great alternative, right?

Maybe not. Basically, it smells like a cross between a dead animal and a fridge that hasn’t been cleaned in months. I think this picture is worth a thousand words in this case.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Pretty sure this tray was responsible for the dead animal smell. Who knows what is growing in there.

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Baking sheet in community kitchen that has been there for 2 days. Photo by author.

This is where microwavable mug recipes become your best friend.

  • But I found that even the recipes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted, as well as other mug recipe blogs, were missing one thing: they still were not easy for college kids to make in their dorm. The articles claimed they were “dorm oriented” but things like
  • white flour
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • rising flour
  •  thyme
  • chopped green onion

…were ingredients needed in a lot of the recipes that I know students would never go out and buy.

I now present to you three truly easy microwavable mug recipes that anyone can make in less than 2 minutes, inspired by the mentioned articles above.

1) Chilaquiles in a Mug

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Things needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS of Milk
  • Chips
  • 1 TBS of Cheese
  • Salsa and Pepper (Optional)

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Stir the milk and egg together in the mug. Add pepper or salt for flavor.

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Add in squares of cheddar cheese (or shredded cheese) and mix well. Then break up chips, and stir well.

Put in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds, plop on some salsa and more chips, and ta-dah!

2) French Bread Quiche

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Oui Oui, this quiche is yummy. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 TBS of Milk
  • Pepper/Salt
  • 1/4 Einstein’s Bagel
  • 2 teaspoons Einstein’s cream cheese
  • Ham (optional)

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Mix egg, milk, and pepper in mug like the last recipe. Stir well

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Mix in dime-sized bits of bagel, and stir well. Add in cream cheese and stir well. Add in ham

Microwave for one minute and 20 seconds, and bon appetit. The French would be proud.

3) Strawberry Angel Food Cake

(with sprinkles of course)

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My favorite mug recipe. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • Mug Cake Mix (half angel food cake, half strawberry cake mix)
  • Water
  • Sprinkles

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This was a gift for Christmas. My roommate’s friend filled the jar half with angel food cake mix, and half strawberry cake mix. Totally simple and a cute gift idea!

The image above is self explanatory with instructions included, but here’s a link to my video just in case!

Strawberry Angel Food Cake in a Mug

Well that’s all for today! I hope these recipes save you money, and save you from Cal Poly’s campus food.

Check out some other blogs with mug recipes!

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