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5 Back to school microwave hunger busters to curb the cravings!

Back to school season is in full swing – with most of us having to balance preparing school lunches, uniforms and getting the kids to school on time all while making sure everyone gets the food they need. It can feel like chaos at times, and that's where your microwave can be a real asset – especially when the after-school munchies kick in before dinner is ready.  

Pizza in a mug (from feels like home blog) 

This single serve pizza in a mug only takes two minutes and can be created with different toppings to satisfy those fussy eaters – what's better, no crusts will be wasted! 


  • 1 slice of bread 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning 
  • 3 tablespoons of pizza sauce 
  • 1/3 cup of grated cheese 
  • toppings – ham, capsicum, pepperoni slices, pineapple! 



  1. Break up the bread into bitesize pieces and add to a microwave safe mug 
  2. In a small bowl, crack and mix the egg until it's whisked – add to the bread and mix 
  3. Add the pizza sauce, cheese and toppings 
  4. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the egg has set. Remember to leave time to cool! 


Mac N' Cheese in a mug 

There is nothing more comforting than a good mac n' cheese. It's easy, takes minimal time, and can be made with ingredients already in the pantry and fridge! 


  • 2/3 cup of uncooked pasta 
  • ½ cup of water 
  • salt and pepper 
  • ½ cup milk 
  • ½ cup of grated cheese 



  1. Pop into a microwave safe mug the uncooked pasta 
  2. Pour over ½ cup of water 
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste 
  4. Microwave on high for 1 minute 
  5. Give the pasta a good stir and add the milk and cheese, mix well. 
  6. Place it back into the microwave for a further 1- 2 minutes, until pasta is cooked, making sure to check it after 1 minute intervals to avoid overcooking. 
  7. Remove from the microwave and allow to rest! 


Microwave mug cake 

Mug cakes are a great way to satisfy any sweet tooth, without spoiling dinner. 


  • 1 tablespoon of butter 
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon of flour 
  • 1 egg yolk 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Your flavour of choice, peanut butter, hazelnut spread, biscoff, vanilla extract, cocoa powder. 


  1. Microwave the butter in a microwave safe mug for 30 seconds 
  2. Add the sugar, flour, salt and egg yolk and your spread of choice 
  3. Microwave for 1 –2 minutes until the cake has cooked 
  4. Feel free to add a topping, ice cream, chocolate chips, or sprinkles! 



Scrambled eggs on toast 

Simple, yet delicious! And ever so easy to make in the microwave without the need for pots and pans. 


  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup of milk 
  • 1 slice of bread 


  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine the eggs and milk and mix 
  2. Microwave at 1 minute intervals, mixing well after each minute, until the eggs are cooked 
  3. Toast your bread and serve! 


Baked oat cookie dough 

These baked oats taste just like cookie dough and are even perfect as an easy dessert after dinner. 


  • 2/3 cup of blended oats (blending the oats makes the consistency more cake-like) 
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder 
  • 1 pinch of baking powder 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional for extra gooey texture!) 
  • 2/3 cup of milk 



  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe mug and mix well 
  2. Microwave for 1 – 2 minutes or until the oat cake has cooked 
  3. Top with chocolate chips for an added treat! 


These convenient, delicious microwave meals will be a real-life saver for anyone who needs to keep the after-school hunger pangs at bay. 

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