If you are an NPR listener, you may have caught the Morning Edition piece this past Monday regarding cooking meals in mugs. In the microwave. In minutes. As I drove to my early-morning class, I listened to Joe Yonan, the travel and food editor for the Washington Post, describe the simple steps for making macaroni and cheese in a mug. Breakfast suddenly seemed a long way off.
Cooking for one can be tedious and uninspired without some easy ideas at the ready; super-quick mug-meals and mug-treats remedy that. They also solve the issues of (a) portion control (I don’t care how much will power you have, an entire batch of brownies hanging around the house is a major challenge); (b) variation (who wants to eat the same entree four times in a row?) and (c) making meals in a flash.
I would add one more issue that can be resolved with a mug-in-minutes option: making healthy choices in a hurry. It’s so much easier to make a nutritious choice if it can be made and eaten in a matter of minutes, with no advanced planning. Breakfast, lunch and snack-time, in particular. I have seen a number of indulgent cakes cooked in mugs, and that’s fine, but great options that give you power and energy for the day are also possible. I’m here to share the options!
This one is one of my go-tos: an egg frittata in a mug. I’ve tried straight-up scrambled eggs in a mug, and my experience has been that the eggs get tough. Leathery, to be precise.
The solution is twofold.
First, add a bit of cottage cheese.
You may despise cottage cheese and think “no way!” But when you try this 2 minute dish, it will be “yes way!” all the way.The cottage cheese keeps the eggs moist and fluffy–no toughness at all–and lends a cheesiness and significant protein with few calories. I’ve added some green onion, but you can swap it out for other vegetables (be sure to chop them finely) if you like. Roasted red bell peppers, finely chopped broccoli, spinach, kale–go to town with your favorites, but keep the total amount to 1/3 cup (finely chopped) or less.
Second, give the egg mixture a stir after 30 seconds, then again at 60 seconds; the results will be fluffy and tender.
[…] found a great 2-minute frittata in a mug recipe on Camilla’s site. What makes this one different? Cottage cheese! More […]
Wednesday 8th of January 2014
Looks easy and delicious! I love frittatas. On another note, where can I buy a mug like the one in the picture? Love that beautiful, pink color!
Friday 19th of February 2016
Onion soup mugs work best because they usually flare out a bit more on the top.
Wednesday 22nd of January 2014
I make these a LOT for breakfast, Jean :) I bought the mug on clearance from Starbucks a few years ago. Anthropologie.com has GORGEOUS mugs in the same shape, like this one: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-glassware-mugs/26003046.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-26003046-_-Large_1
Friday 6th of September 2013
If I wanted to make multiple servings in the oven, what do you suggest for temperature and time?
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Friday 1st of March 2013
You are so welcome, Sam and Christine--so good to hear from the Albany contingent :)