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7 microwave meals you can make in a mug

Most of the time, the microwave is a last resort in my home -- or it has been until now.

I don't like reheating food in the microwave, as it happens to ruin the texture of delicious leftovers. However, with a clever twist, the microwave can be a powerful cooking tool that can whip up some tasty eats in five minutes or less.

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Scrambled omelette

A personal recipe of mine is a scrambled omelette in the microwave.

Crack two eggs into a coffee mug, add one sliced mushroom and a handful of chopped spinach. Add a half tablespoon of olive oil, salt to taste and powdered pepper. Stir thoroughly and pop it in the microwave for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds. At the 30 second mark, pull the mug out and stir again. Stir once more at the 1 minute mark.

Sprinkle some more pepper on the top and you have yourself a delicious, scrambled omelette in a cup.

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You can also make pizza in a mug, and it's a lot quicker and easier than you might think. This recipe comes from Bigger Bolder Baking.

First, you will need to make the dough by mixing 4 tablespoons (59 milliliters) of flour, 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 milliliters) of baking powder, 1/16 teaspoon (0.3 milliliters) of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 milliliters) of salt into a coffee mug. Pour in 3 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of milk and 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of olive oil into the mixture and stir. You may need to use your hands to knead the dough.

Next, press the dough down into the mug with your fingers, add a little marinara sauce, cheese and the toppings of your choice. Throw it in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds. (The time needed may vary depending on your microwave.)

Sit the mug aside to cool for a few minutes. After it has had time to cool, it's ready to eat!

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Single-serve cake

Single-serve cakes in coffee cups or mason jars are perfect for birthday parties or for dinner dates with friends. Follow the instructions on the box for any cake mix and pour a small amount of mix into a mason jar.

Put the mason jar in the microwave for 1 minute. Keep in mind that the cake mix will expand rather dramatically in the microwave, so leave plenty of room in the cup or mug. Otherwise, you will be left with a giant mess to clean up.

Let the cake cool for a minute or so before serving with a scoop of ice cream on top.

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Health-conscious muffins

If you're looking for a quick and healthy breakfast you can take with you, look no further. Make this gluten-free peanut butter banana mix.

Add one banana, 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) peanut butter, one egg, 1/4 teaspoon (1.2 milliliters) of baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 milliliters) of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon (0.6 milliliters) of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons (44 milliliters) of maple syrup or honey and 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) of chocolate chips to a blender carafe. Blend until thoroughly mixed.

You can then refrigerate this mix until you're ready to use it.

Fill a coffee mug halfway with the mix and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds. You will have a fluffy -- and healthy! -- muffin, perfect for a busy morning on the run.

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One cookie at a time

If you have a hankering for some sweets at night and you don't want to bake a whole batch of cookies, you can toss a single serving of cookie dough in a mug and place it in the microwave for 1 minute.

You can enjoy the cookie immediately for a warm, soft cookie. If you let it sit, it will begin to harden, especially around the edges of the mug. (It's like a corner piece brownie, cookie-style!) Either way, it's best enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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The easiest French toast

French toast in a mug is as delicious as it sounds. You will need a bread of your choice, one egg, butter, milk, cinnamon and two coffee mugs.

Add a small amount of butter to the bottom of each mug and place them in the microwave for roughly 15 seconds. Next, cut four pieces of bread (two per mug) into cubes and place them in the mugs. In a measuring cup, wisk mix one egg, 3 tablespoons (44 milliliters) of milk and cinnamon. Optionally, you can add a dash of vanilla extract.

Pour the mixture into the mugs, making sure to cover the bread as thoroughly as possible, and let sit for one minute. Place the mugs in the microwave for approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Pour some maple syrup over the toast and enjoy.

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Cinnamon rolls

If you can't wait on an entire batch of cinnamon rolls, you can cook them, one at a time, in coffee mugs.

Break open the package, place one serving into a coffee mug and put the mug in the microwave for just one minute. Spread on the included icing and dig in!

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