3 Microwave Meals You Can Cook in a Mug

standard July 3, 2015 Leave a response
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Believe it or not, your microwave can do more than reheating your coffee or your day-old pizza (actually, reheating pizza is NOT its forte.)

If you’re heading to college where the only cooking vessel is a microwave; or if it is just too hot to cook – your microwave is your friend. It is also great when you cook for just one.

All you need is a mug (I got Mrs. G’s) and a few good recipes.

3 Microwave Meals You Can Cook in a Mug | Mrs. G's Appliance Chef

The only caveat is that the microwave doesn’t brown the food as well as the oven — unless you have a microwave-convection oven combo (Shop GE at Mrs. G’s now). To solve this issue, just decorate the top with some tasty garnishes. They will add color and flavor.

Microwave Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  1. • 1/3 cup marinara sauce or ketchup ( get it locally from First Field)
  2. • 1/3 cup panko crumbs (or smashed gluten-free crackers)
  3. • Two tablespoons grated onion
  4. • One teaspoon chopped garlic
  5. • One teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  6. • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  7. • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. • 1 pound ground beef, preferably grass-fed from the farmers market
  10. • One large egg
  11. • More ketchup for garnish
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine marinara or ketchup, panko, onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, and ground beef in a large bowl. Stir to mix (I like to knead it in my hands, their warmth helps distribute the fat and flavors.)
  2. 2. Spread beef mixture evenly in a nine 1/2-inch microwave-safe loaf dish coated with olive oil; Keep the mixture somewhat fluffy.
  3. 3. Loosely cover with a paper towel.
  4. 4. Microwave for 8 -10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, and a thermometer reads 160°;
  5. 5. Let stand for 3 minutes. Serve topped with additional ketchup if desired.
  6. 6. Note: To prepare one serving of a meatloaf, divide the mixture in four, and freeze three portions. Microwave the remaining portion in a lightly oiled mug for 3 minutes. When ready to cook the remaining frozen meatball mixes be sure to thaw them completely in the fridge before cooking.
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Gluten-Free Blueberries Muffins in a Mug
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Ingredients
  1. • 1/2 cup almonds or other nut flour
  2. • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  3. • A pinch of salt
  4. • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. • 1-ounce (1/8 cup) New Jersey blueberries ('tis the season!)
  6. • One egg
  7. • One tablespoon melted butter
  8. • Two tablespoons maple syrup
  9. • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  10. • A little more maple syrup, to top
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix almonds, baking soda, salt and cloves in a bowl. Add the blueberries and toss to cover them with the dry mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, butter, syrup, and zest. Combine the wet mixture with the dry one and mix thoroughly.
  2. 2. Pour into a coffee mug that you have coated with a little bit of oil or butter. Microwave for 90 seconds. Drizzle with a bit more maple syrup. Enjoy.
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Goat Cheese and Spinach Frittata
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Ingredients
  1. • Melted butter to brush the cup and the top of the frittata
  2. • 1⁄2 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed and dried
  3. • 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn
  4. • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  5. • 1⁄3 cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  6. • 2 eggs
  7. • 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
  8. • salt and pepper
  9. • Extra one tablespoon crumbled goat cheese and one tablespoons chopped basil to garnish.
Instructions
  1. 1. Brush a microwave safe cereal sized bowl or a mug with some melted butter
  2. 2. Chop the spinach. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the basil, goat cheese and parmesan and mix.
  3. 3. Beat the two eggs and cream in a separate cup, pour over the mixture. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. 4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes until starting to set. Drizzle with some butter and sprinkle the remaining goat cheese. Microwave for another minute.
  5. 5. Sprinkle with basil if you wish and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. There are lots of greens at the farmers market right now. Use them in a frittata.
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