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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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