In 5 days, my oldest daughter will leave for college, for her freshman year. Cue the tears. Well, kinda. While I’m sad and will miss her, she is truly ready to launch and I am beyond proud of her drive to succeed.

Recently, I had a group of her friends to the house to teach them a dorm cooking class. This was basically, anything that you can cook in mug, in a microwave. I know there will be times that they don’t want to go out, but don’t really want to eat dorm food or pizza again. They loved it and so I am sharing the recipes and some tips here.

First thing I advise you to do is to buy one of those shoebox sized plastic bins. Fill this with an inexpensive set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, a can opener and either a small whisk or sturdy fork. You can even get a mini grater or microplane. There will be lots of extra room, but it will get used too.

Once your kids have moved in and made some friends on their floor or in the whole dorm, have them share these recipes and then they can co-purchase ingredients that they don’t need lot of and share. Things like a bag of flour or bottles of the spices can be split into Ziploc bags and expenses shared. I’m not sure about sharing the expense of candy bars or chocolate chips. Somehow I think they will all want their own. They can also “borrow” ingredients from the cafeteria. After all you’re paying for it.

My daughter is renting a microwave/refrigerator so we are going to create a little kitchen area with her shoebox of utensils and ingredients.

None of these recipes are low calorie and the question of freshman weight gain came up during this class. If you child is eating each of these as a single portion and not every recipe at the same time, they will not get fat. Remember its portion control.

I hope your college kid gets some use our of this post and that you don’t shed too many tears when they leave.

Muggy French Toast
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  1. Grease a coffee mug.
  2. Whisk together milk, egg, cinnamon and vanilla in the mug. You can use a fork.
  3. Tear your bread in cubes and push it down into the mug. Let it soak and completely saturate.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes. Watch your microwave. Your french toast will puff then deflate.
  5. Top it with maple syrup and/or powdered sugar. LET IT SIT FOR 1 MINUTE. THIS IS IMPORTANT! YOU WILL GET BURNED.
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Oatmeal in a Mug
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Oatmeal in a Mug
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  1. Stir the oats and 1 cup of the liquid you are using.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Remember to watch the microwave. Your oatmeal will boil over if you don't watch. If you see it start to boil over stop the microwave and give it a stir then start again.
  3. Stir in remaining liquid and microwave for another minute, watching.
  4. Let oatmeal sit for a full minute before you stir in whatever toppings you prefer. Try fresh or dried fruit, nuts and brown sugar or maple syrup.
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Eggs in a Mug
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Eggs in a Mug
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  1. Whisk (with a fork) the eggs together.
  2. Pour eggs in a greased mug. If you are using veggies, chop and add before cooking.
  3. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remember to watch it. They will puff up then deflate.
  4. If you are adding cheese put back in microwave for 10 more seconds.
  5. Let it stand for a full minute before enjoying.
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Burrito Bowl in a Mug
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  1. I listed several add-ins above, Think of this as Chipotle at home. Add whatever you want (or can get in the cafeteria).
  2. Combine rice and water in a mug. Cook for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until it starts to boil. Watch it. You don't want it to boil over. Once it has boiled let it sit, in microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes on half power.
  4. Once the rice is done, let it sit for another 5 minutes to get tender. Fluff with a fork. Then add your favorite add-ins.
  5. Microwave for 1 more minute to warm your add-ins. Enjoy!
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Egg Fried Rice in a Mug
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Egg Fried Rice in a Mug
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  1. Use non-stick spray and spray a mug.
  2. Place the rice in the mug and layer it with the peas, scallions, sprouts, cabbage, carrots and another veggies you are using.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and pierce a hole in top (to let steam release). Microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds.
  4. While that is happening, beat the egg with soy sauce, oil and onion powder. When rice mixture is done, stir in egg mixture.
  5. Cover again with plastic wrap and microwave for another minute to 1 minute 30 seconds.
  6. Remove from microwave. Remove plastic wrap and fluff with a fork. Let stand for a full minute before enjoying!
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Mac & Cheese in a Mug
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Mac & Cheese in a Mug
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  1. Spray mug with non-stick spray.
  2. Put the macaroni and water in mug and microwave for a 2 minutes. Watch it. The water will boil over and you want to catch it before you lose all the water.
  3. Stir and microwave another minute. Stir again. Check it. You want all but a little water evaporated. You can cook for incremental 30 seconds until you get what you want.
  4. Stir in the milk and cheese. Cook for another 30-60 seconds. Stir well.
  5. Let sit for a full minute before enjoying.
Recipe Notes

You can add a little salt and pepper if you like. Remember cheese is naturally  salty.

You can also jazz it up by adding some cayenne pepper for spice or say sauce for an asian flare. Get creative.

If you'd like to dress it up a bit mix some seasoned bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle on top. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

For  a lower fat version you can substitute 2 Tbsp. low fat cottage cheese and 3 T. sharp cheddar for the all the cheese above.

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Basic Vinaigrette
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Basic Vinaigrette
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  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar (or whatever closed container you have available) and shake like crazy.
  2. This will keep in your refrigerator for about a month.
Recipe Notes

You can use vegetable oil or olive oil. Just remember that olive oil changes the flavor profile.

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Ranch Powder
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  1. Put everything in an airtight container and shake it up! This will last you as you want (think school year, if you don't use it all up).
Recipe Notes

This is a great seasoning to take to the cafeteria. you can add it to meats and salads or anything that could use a flavor boost.

You can stir this into a cup of plain Greek yogurt for a dip. Then you can thin it out with some milk, mayo and sour cream to make a great dressing. The mixed dressing will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

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Chocolate Brownie Cake in a Mug
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Chocolate Brownie Cake in a Mug
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  1. Spray or butter a mug.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa and salt.
  3. Add the oil and liquid (milk etc.) and chocolate chips.
  4. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes for a gooey cake and 2 1/2 for a cakey version.
  5. Let stand for a full minute before enjoying. By the way, adding some ice cream of whipped cream is a great idea!
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Chocolate Brownie Cake in a Mug
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  1. Spray or butter a mug.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa and salt.
  3. Add the oil and liquid (milk etc.) and chocolate chips.
  4. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes for a gooey cake and 2 1/2 for a cakey version.
  5. Let stand for a full minute before enjoying. By the way, adding some ice cream of whipped cream is a great idea!
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