Here’s A Whole Healthy Meal You Can Make With One Mug And A Microwave

Genius, right?


by Sophie Cullinane |
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So you’ve mastered the cupcake you can make in three minutes. And the cake that just requires a mug and a microwave. But we wouldn’t want you to go into some sugar coma here, so we decided to see if the same principles could apply to a savoury, healthy meal you can make - however harsh your hangover/time poor you are.

READ MORE: The Cupcake You Can Make In 3 Minutes To Treat Yourself This Afternoon

This time, the recipes are from the awesome book Meal in a Mugby Denise Smart, which is helpfully laid out with starters and snacks, main courses and deserts. And includes this amazing gem.



Serves 1

Prep/cook time: 5 minutes

Microwave: 1000W, category-E

You’ll need:

1 nest of instant rice vermicelli noodles

Boiling water

small chunk of cucumber

1 small carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips

1 spring onion, finely chopped

1–2 slices cooked roast beef, cut into thin strips

Small handful of freshly chopped coriander

1 tbsp dry-roasted peanuts, chopped, optional

For the dressing

Juice of 1 small lime

2 tbsp Thai sweet chilli sauce

2 tsp light soy sauce

If time permits, allow this salad to stand for about 10-15 minutes in order to allow the flavours to develop. Otherwise, you can simply prepare it in advance, then cover and refrigerate it until ready to eat.

Here's how to do it

  1. Put the noodles in the bottom of a 500ml/17flozmug,(you may have to break the nest in half). Cover with boiling water and allow to stand for 3 minutes. Drain in a sieve and rinse under cold running water, then drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, cut the cucumber in half lengthways, then scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard them. Slice the flesh thinly.

  3. In the bottom of the mug,mix together the dressing ingredients, then add the noodles and stir to coat well. Add the cucumber, carrot, spring onion, beef and coriander. Toss together using 2 forks until all the ingredients are coated in the dressing.

  4. Sprinkle with the peanuts, if using, and serve.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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