The Frugal Foodie: Much ado about mugs

Breakfast is frequently described as the most important meal of the day, but it can be easily forgotten with classes and meetings to get to. Still, breakfast should be part of a regular routine for anyone—especially college students. It not only provides essential daily nutrients, but it can also improve academic performance. Taking into consideration costs, time needed to make a proper breakfast and the ease with which it can be made in mind, I’ve come up with a few breakfast recipes—all of which are in a mug, of course!

Breakfast Quiche in a Mug


1 egg

1 1/2 tbsp. milk

Salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

1/4 of a plain bagel (or bread alike)

2 tsp. cream cheese

1/2 slice ham

Thyme to garnish, if desired


1. Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-sized pieces and stir in. Add cream cheese and stir in. Tear or cut ham into small pieces and add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme if desired.

2. Microwave on high until done; it should be about 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Banana French Toast in a Mug


2 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes

1 egg

4 tbsp. milk

2 tbsp. applesauce

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 banana, sliced

Maple syrup to taste


Layer half the bread cubes into a coffee mug. Top with 1/2 of the banana slices. Layer with the remaining bread cubes and top it off with the rest of the banana.

In a small bowl whisk the egg, milk, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla together. Pour over the top of bananas and bread. Place the mug in microwave for 2 minutes on high. Remove from microwave and top with syrup.

Apple-Banana Baked Oatmeal in a Mug


1/2 cup quick cook oats

1 tbsp. ground flax seed

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/3 of a banana, mashed

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 of an apple, chopped

2 tsp. honey


Add oats, flax, egg and milk in a mug. Stir with a fork. Add banana, cinnamon, apple and honey. Stir again until fully combined. Cook in microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.