Let’s be real. You hate doing the dishes. I hate doing the dishes. Your mom hates doing the dishes. Get ready to toss the pots and pans and become a micro chef, because ALL these recipes require only a mug and a microwave. No need to play with fire ever again (or at least for these next seven meals). We’ve got you covered.☕ These recipes are SO easy—all you need to do is mix the ingredients together in your mug of choice, then nuke, nuke, nuke! Welcome to the Muglife, y’all.


1. PanMugcakes

Sometimes, you just wake up craving a nice tall mug of pancake. Maybe some blueberries, bananas or chocolate chips? YOLO, people. We’re just trying to help you get your serving of fruit for the day. 🙂 Top with maple syrup or agave, and voilà!

  • 1/3 cup Bisquick or any other vegan pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 handful bluberries/walnuts/skittles/etc.

Stir pancake mix, milk, and any desired additions together in a mug and microwave for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds.

2. Tofu Scramble

easy, nooch, nutritional yeast, mug, recipeBecause ain’t nobody got time to press and fry! Just mix these guys together, and you’re 60 seconds away from a party in your mouth.

  • 1/2 block firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast (aka “vegan crack”)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 handful ‘shrooms
  • Seasonings (I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and turmeric), to taste

Mix it all together and nuke for 1 to 2 minutes.


3. Asian Stir-FryNuke

rice, microwave, recipe OK. Mind blown. Let’s cook some rice in the microwave. Here’s how:

  • Put 1/2 cup of rice in (guess what?) a mug.
  • Pour enough water in the mug to cover the rice completely.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, then nuke for 7 minutes.

Ta-da! Now just throw a handful of frozen stir-fry veggies in the mix with a splash of soy sauce and nuke for 1 more minute, and you’ve got yourself homemade goodness in a mug. Tip: Drown your rice and veggies in Sriracha sauce and add bean sprouts for a spicy, crunchy twist.

4. Mexi-Mug

Craving some spiciness that only Mexican food can deliver? Ain’t no thang. Arroz con frijoles coming right up! microwave, mexican, tortilla

  • Throw 1/2 cup of rice in ze mug.
  • Crack open a can of black beans and pour the bean juices over the rice (tastes about 4,700 times better than it sounds). Be sure to add water if the juices don’t cover all the rice!
  • Nuke for 6 minutes, then add 1/4 cup of the beans, a pinch (or a punch—nobody’s stopping you) of Daiya vegan cheese, some salsa, and some tortilla chips. Heat for 1 more minute, then add a dollop of vegan sour cream and some avocado for an explosion of NOM.

P.S.-There is such a thing as microwaveable rice. Who knew?

5. Mac ‘n’ Mug

microwave, daiya, 3 ingredient, easy recipe This bad boy requires only three ingredients—and you’ll be drowning in Daiya cheesy heaven!

  • Microwave 1/2 cup of macaroni noodles with 1/2 cup of water and a dash of salt for 6 to 8 minutes. You’ll want to check a couple of times to see how it’s doin’.
  • Pile on your fave vegan cheese (I’m in a very serious relationship with Daiya’s pepperjack “cheese”) and heat for 1 more minute. Sprinkle with nooch—or leave as is.


Let’s face it: All warm, sweet baked goods would taste better with a conveniently placed handle. Mug handles keep us from eating fistfuls of cake with both hands … which can only help animals in the long run. We vegans ain’t crazy. We just love dessert! Lil’ Bub does too. 😛

6. Confetti Cake—Yaaas

You need to sit down for this one. mug, soda, cake recipe

  • 1 box accidentally vegan cake mix
  • 1 can soda
  • Vegan rainbow sprinkles, to taste (optional—but, really?) READ: Make sure your sprinkles are confectioner’s-glaze-free!
  • Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting, to taste

The easiest of all things: Mix 1/2 cup of the cake mix with 1/2 cup of the soda, then stir in enough sprinkles to make you sh*t rainbows. Try not to have a meltdown for the next 2 minutes while it cooks, then remove from the microwave and spread with some whipped frosting goodness. We threw extra sprinkles on ours for good measure. 🙂

7. Brownie Sundae

microwave brownie I know, I know. This is the first mention of chocolate, and you’re hella confused. Don’t fret: We saved the mother lode of chocolatey scrumptious fudginess for last. Vegans need antioxidants too, right?

  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Dash salt

This is the ONLY way I satisfy my chocolate craving. It’s worth waiting the mere 60 seconds it takes to cook this in the microwave. Just mix, nuke, scoop some vegan ice cream on top, and enjoy!

Want more easy recipes that don’t require a stove or oven? Check out our new Vegan College Cookbook

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Happy nomming!