September 9, 2013

Nuked Eggs - Whole, not Scrambled

Eggs + mug + microwave + 90 seconds = core of a delicious brekkie!

The previous post about eggs in the microwave (mmm...) involved scrambling them, but sometimes even that can take too long, or too much effort if your morning workout kicked your royal hiney and just the thought of stirring a fork for 5 seconds makes you cringe. No matter the case, just plopping an egg in a microwave-safe mug or bowl is an easy way to get in some quality protein with minimal effort before heading out the door (again)!

Basic ingredients:
Eggs, egg-nuker (?)
[I'm not sure what to call the egg cooker in the picture; I found it when we were cleaning out our house in NY and it's made by Nordic Ware. The material is a non-stick microwaveable plastic and is better than using a mug because the cooked egg doesn't stick! If you do use a mug to nuke your egg(s), make sure to soak it in warm water as soon as you're done so it's easier to clean later.]

1. Break an egg into your mug/bowl and cook (one at a time. Microwaves have uneven heat distribution and if you put more than one egg in your mug at a time, the outsides will overcook and the insides will still be all gloopy and raw. Nobody wants a surprise inside their egg. Unless it's a Cadbury Creme egg. Mmmm...).
2. Cover mug with paper towel so that the egg doesn't go flying everywhere while cooking. [It sounds cool until it actually happens.]
3. Nuke egg for 50-60 seconds on HIGH and check. If the egg is still runny in the middle, nuke for 20-30 more seconds until the middle or the yolk is set.

I usually like my eggs on toast, but I wasn't in the mood today. Instead, I popped the eggs into a bowl and mashed 'em up with some salsa and avocado! *I was hesitant about putting the following pic up because the "after" picture (when I mashed everything together) is admittedly aesthetically displeasing. But trust me, it tasted AWESOME.

I used about 1 Tbsp salsa and 1/4 avocado. Cottage cheese would be a great addition as well - it would add some salt and creamy texture, plus high-quality protein.

On the side I had 1/2 a banana (always gotta have some fruit with my meals!) and a cup of cold milk. All in all this breakfast took 4 minutes tops to make (and that includes taking these amazing pictures) and just as long to hoover down before leaving for class. Not too shabby, eh?

Hopefully by now you have embraced the idea of microwaved eggs and feel comfortable enough to experiment with your own cooking methods & flavor combinations. Try adding some herbs, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, or top with fresh tomatoes - it's really all up to you and your unique taste buds. Thanks for reading & have a great week!

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