How to Cook in a Hotel Room

April 30, 2014 — 2 minute read

While staying in a hotel, it is very tempting to give up on healthy and cost-efficient eating choices in favour of convenience. Eating at restaurants can be a nice treat when travelling, but can become costly if staying several nights. If you’re staying at a hotel with a kitchenette, like Willowdale Hotel, you can prepare your own meals, saving you money and allowing you to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Read on for a meal plan that can easily be made in your hotel room.

Breakfast: Mug Cake

Despite having the word “cake” in the name, a mug cake can be a healthy breakfast option and can be made in the comfort of your hotel room.


  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. applesauce
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk

In a coffee mug, mix oat flour with oats, baking powder, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Use a fork to mix evenly. Add applesauce and vanilla extract, continue to mix. At this point, add 3-4 tablespoons of milk until a batter forms. Give batter a final stir to ensure an even mixture. Place mug in microwave for approximately 2 minutes or until the cake has set. Enjoy! 

Lunch: Spring Salad with Mozzarella

Spring Salad with Mozzarella

A salad can be an excellent and quick meal to prepare in a hotel room. All ingredients can be easily purchased at a local grocer. 


  • 2 1/2 cups (2 to 3 packages) of tender baby lettuce leaves
  • 1 ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, halved lengthwise, sliced 1/2-inch thick crosswise
  • 2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, trimmed and sliced into rounds
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

This is a one step meal. Place lettuce on a plate, arrange mozzarella and radishes on top and sprinkle with scallions. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil prior to serving.

Dinner: Meatloaf in a Mug

Another simple meal in a mug. A delicious meatloaf recipe that can be prepared in 15 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons of 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon onion soup mix
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef

In a bowl, combine milk, ketchup, oats and soup mix. Crumble the ground beef into bowl and mix well. Pack into a microwave-safe mug coated with cooking spray. Cover mug and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 3 minutes. 

Now you have 3 simple meals that you can prepare in your hotel room. If you are staying in North York, consider Mary-am Hotel. All our suites are equipped with a kitchenette where you can prepare your meals.

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