How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave ♥
Happy Birthday, Alex!

How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave
Today's easy breakfast recipe: Eggs cooked in a coffee mug in a microwave. Quick and easy and so very adaptable. Yes, mine includes veggies, spinach and red pepper. And for any naysayers? It's surprisingly good!

Hey Vegetable Lovers, This recipe is dedicated to my sister's son Alex, my nephew, who turns 21 next week. If you have any quick and easy recipes that a young man should learn how to make, would you leave them in the comments? Links from bloggers welcome!

Dear Alex,

Forgive me, won't you, Alex, for remembering the sweet time when you and I first bonded? It was Thanksgiving Day and your mom and I were busy in the kitchen, stuffing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, stirring the gravy. Your seven-month self wanted attention! So I spent the day cooking with you in my arms: it wasn't efficient but it's my very favorite Thanksgiving memory. As you've grown older, Alex, your Generous Heart gets bigger and bigger, it's no wonder that at Stevi and Tony's wedding last month, a certain four-year old flower girl was smitten by your attention, gifting you her last cake pop to say goodbye.

So here's the thing. My birthday "present" is a small kick in the you-know-what, aiming you toward the kitchen. It's time to learn how to cook a few basics. Eggs are a great place to start. They're cheap, they're good for you and they can be cooked a hundred different ways. So this is your first recipe, it's not even really a "recipe" – you can be as creative as you want, you can make it your one favorite way or you can make it different every time. It's a lot like your mom's Homemade Egg McMuffins which we all love so much. But this is even easier, you just mix it all up in a big coffee mug!

Here's all you'll need, Alex. Check the kitchen, it's all there, I promise:

A mug, a fork and a microwave
Some eggs
A little milk, mustard and cheese
A little bread

Happy Birthday, Alex! And Happy Cooking!

Love, Auntie Al

PS And if you like the eggs? Here's an NPR story that has recipes for making homemade mac 'n 'cheese in a mug, also a brownie in a mug. You could be a coffee mug chef, Alex! Oh! And I've asked my blogging friends for their ideas too!

RECIPE for How to Cook Eggs in a Coffee Cup in the Microwave

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves 1, easily multiplied

A microwave-safe mug, for cooking
Cooking spray
A fork, for mixing

2 large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon mustard
A good pinch of salt
A good grind of pepper
Splash of hot sauce like Tabasco
Optional: garlic powder or onion powder or other seasonings

A little chopped red pepper
A little chopped fresh spinach
Cooked bacon or chopped ham
A half slice of bread, torn into small pieces (your mom's leftover pancakes would be awesome, so would a flour tortilla)
Some cheese, grated is good, so are tiny cubes

GATHER YOUR STUFF For two eggs, choose a large mug that holds about 1-1/2 cups. For easy clean-up later, spray the inside of the mug with cooking spray. You can mix everything right in the mug but if you're a neatnik like me (and I know you are ...), mix everything in a bowl first, then pour it into the mug once it's all together.

NOW MIX THE EGGS Use the fork to whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and salt and pepper, you want the eggs to look all creamy-yellow and ropey, no stripes of yolk or white. Are you adding any other seasonings? Dump them in now, mix it with the fork again.

NOW ADD THE OTHER STUFF Stir in the other stuff, be creative, look for color and what tastes good to you! There may be leftovers in the fridge, they'd be good here. And yes, put some veggies in there because y'know, you wouldn't want your Auntie Al to be all embarrassed, would you now?

NOW COOK! Pour the mixture into the coffee mug, it should be no more than half full because it's going to p-u-f-f up while it cooks. Put the mug in the center of the microwave and set it for 1 minute. Stay close though, you'll want to watch what happens! After one minute, check the eggs, you'll probably want to cook them for another 30 seconds, even another minute. But don't just set the microwave to 2 minutes, it helps the food to cook more evenly by taking a short break. You might even flip the eggs at the one-minute mark.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S NEXT, RIGHT? Dig in, these eggs are best when they're hot!

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  1. Lou GrubaughApril 10, 2013

    This is a favorite emergency thing for breakfast, lunch in a hurry, or add something to make it more complete - some fruit, some salad etc. but the protein is there for a jump start.

    Toast a piece of wheat bread in the toaster oven. Then place some favorite cheese on top. Give it 15 to 25 minutes in the microwave to melt the cheese. We call it Cheese Toast - like grilled cheese without the butter making it more caloric.

  2. Lou ~ Cheese Toast is a great idea, I'm always wishing for counter space for a toaster oven, no luck so far! FYI, I presume you mean 15 - 25 seconds in the microwave, we don't want anyone burning down their kitchens!

  3. Lou GrubaughApril 10, 2013

    A regular toaster works just as well. And mea culpa - I did mean seconds, not minutes in the microwave.

  4. Lou GrubaughApril 10, 2013

    A regular toaster works just as well. And I did mean seconds, not minutes. Mea culpa.

  5. Laurie BlackshearApril 10, 2013

    This one won't cook in a mug but it will keep a while in the fridge or the freezer. And is always better the second day.

    Beef 'n Bean Burritos
    1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
    1 can Ranch-style beans, any flavor
    1 can refried beans, any flavor

    Simply mix together and heat thoroughly. Serve with flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, salsa.....whatever you like. Or just eat it out of a bowl. Can be doubled or tripled with ease.

  6. Happy Happy Birthday to Alex. And I'm kind of shocked that he's 21!

    Here's to the best years of your life, Alex. I'm glad I got to meet you in person all those years ago.

  7. Wow, I love it! Perfect way to use up leftovers too.

  8. Tostabags - no one should be without those. They make amazing grilled cheese sandwiches, also grilled cheese with ham. Just make certain that it's a wide toaster, like the toasters made for bagels.

    Best. Invention. Evah.


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