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Lazy Peeps Alert! 20 Easy Microwave Recipes That You Need To Know!

Lazy Peeps Alert! 20 Easy Microwave Recipes That You Need To Know!

In many kitchens, the microwave is only used to defrost or reheat food. What if there was a way to use it to make delicious food that tastes like it came from a slow cooker? Here are some great recipes that take a limited number of ingredients and very little time in the microwave, perfect for those on the go.

Breakfast

1. Scrambled Eggs

Place scramble eggs in a bowl in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring each time until cooked through. Adding in sliced veggies will make a filling breakfast.

2. French Toast in a Cup

Two minutes in the microwave is all this takes! Mix torn bread with whisked eggs, add in a dash of cinnamon and some vanilla extract to make the taste authentic.

3. Poached Eggs

In a microwave-safe dish, add hot water, salt, vinegar, and an egg. Just 2-3 minutes in the microwave will make this egg perfect on its own or as a breakfast sandwich topper.

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4. Chocolate Chip, Banana, Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookie

Mixing up 1 egg white, 1/3 C oats, 1T peanut butter, 1t vanilla, 1/4t baking powder, 1T chocolate chips, a dash of cinnamon, and a banana will make this cookie that tastes like dessert for breakfast. Approximately 2 minutes in the microwave will bring satisfaction to a sweet tooth in the morning.

5. Quiche in a Mug

Unlike a traditional quiche, this version uses torn bread for the crust. Top this with the desired mixture of eggs, vegetables, butter, and milk. This recipe takes 1 minute, and remains versatile and perfect every time.

Snacks

6. Popcorn

This is actually cheaper than store-bought microwave popcorn. All that is needed is a paper bag, corn kernels, and some tape. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Great for a last-minute movie night.

7. Potato Chips

This is a real thing! Microwaved chips have way less oil than those that are store bought, and they are very simple. Just don’t overcook them – they continue crisping as they cool off. If you don’t have a mandolin to thinly slice them, 1/8-inch thickness is okay. Toss with oil and salt, and microwave 2 to 3 minutes at a time. Check frequently to prevent over cooking.

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8. Toasted Coconut

Shredded coconut in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time will render perfectly toasted coconut flakes in less than 10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir in between cooking.

9. Toasted Nuts

This will not change the color of the nuts like the traditional oven roasting method, but it will give them the same crunch and taste when the oils are released. Cook nuts at 1 minute intervals.

Lunch and Dinner

10. Steamed Vegetables

All that is needed is a microwave safe container that has a cover, and vegetables. The great thing about cooking vegetables in the microwave is that they may better retain the nutritional value because of the short cooking time. Cook each side for 1 minute.

11. Corn on the Cob

This can be made in just 4 minutes. The trick to this is to cook the corn with the husks still on. Not only is this easier than the stove top method, it also leaves less of a mess.

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12. Meatloaf in a Mug

A handful of ground beef mixed with onion soup, or any kind of seasoning mix, will make a hearty dish in a snap. Total time equates to 15 minutes. Serve this with a salad to make a complete meal.

13. Egg-Stuffed Pepper

Hollow out a bell pepper, fill it with eggs and spices, and pop it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. The iron in the eggs should be accompanied by vitamin C in order to be absorbed properly, this solves that problem in a snap.

14. Quick Polenta

So easy to make in the microwave, this comfort food can be paired with greens to make an easy meal that has so much flavor that you’ll forget that it was made in the microwave. 1 C water added to ¼ C polenta and a pinch of salt. 2.5 minutes in the microwave, followed by a bit of milk or cream and a few more minutes will render perfect polenta.

15. Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

Tortilla chips, salsa, egg, and cheese are all it takes to make this recipe that is part quesadilla, part nacho. Leftover chicken or beef can be added to ramp up the protein. Total time equates to 1 minute and 10 seconds.

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Desserts

16. Microwave Cheesecake (1-Minute)

This simple dessert is made with 2 oz. cream cheese, 2T sour cream, egg, 1/2t lemon juice, 1/4t vanilla, and 2 to 4T of the sweetener of choice. Top this with fresh fruit for a filling fix for a sweet tooth.

17. Single Serve Brownie Cake

Made easily with 3T cocoa powder, 1/4C unsweetened applesauce, 1/4t baking powder, pinch of salt, 1t vanilla, and 1t maple syrup for added sweetness. This cake is vegan, gluten free, low fat, sugar free, and grain free. 1 minute cook time.

18. Coffee Cake in a Cup

1T Butter softened at the bottom of a cup then mixed with 2T sugar to make the crumbles. Adding an egg will make it more like a cake, but it is optional. 2T Sour cream, a few drops of vanilla, 1/4C flour and 1/8t baking powder will make the cake portion. For more crumb topping, 1T butter, 2T flour, 1T brown sugar, and 1t cinnamon mixture can be added on top of this. 4-5 minutes in the microwave will make a sweet coffee cake.

19. Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

Unbelievably easy! A ripe banana, 3T almond milk, 3T rolled oats, 2T pumpkin, 1T nut butter, 3T raisins, 2t ground flaxseed, 1/2t pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4t cinnamon get mixed all together to make this cookie in just 5 minutes in the microwave.

20. Oatmeal Cookie Dough Mug Cake

2T Coconut flour, 2T quick oats, ¼t baking powder, 2t brown sugar, 1/4C almond milk, one egg, and 1T chocolate chips or raisins make up this single serving cake. Cook time: 5 minutes.

The best part about these recipes is that the majority of the cleanup only involves wiping out the microwave when you’re done. Most of the ingredients can be found already in the pantry and the recipes don’t require an entire day dedicated to baking just to get a tasty meal. Plus, any combination of these can be put together for an entire filling meal.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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