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Fast Food in a Mug

October 14, 2014

Dried_chillyOK admit it – we all have times where it’s easier to grab fast food than cook something. Or we do without dinner because it’s just us and doing a big meal isn’t of interest. So make fast food – in a mug.

With “250 Best Meals in a Mug” you’ll have months worth of options without repeating the same thing. If you are looking to take something inexpensive and better for you than the vending machine to work, here are possibilities.

I admit to being a bit of a picky eater, but found many options in here. Breakfast, lunch, snacks – you have options! No more drive through windows on the way to work.

This is a book worth sharing not only for the great recipes and beautiful photos, but some great info about foods too. It doesn’t take loads of expensive special food, although it might introduce some to foods they don’t use currently. Instant brown rice, quick cooking barley, corn meal, oatmeal, pasta, marinara sauce, salsa, chopped vegetables…no mystery! Pretty basic actually. Metric measurements are included.

A pretty, personalized set of mugs might be needed! Christmas is coming! There are whole sections of 4 ingredients or less (how easy is that!), bread and muffins, soups and stews, meatless main dishes, meat main dishes, pasta and grains and desserts. Easy and filling for quick meals or snacks. Get you some 16 ounce mugs, and enjoy some variety!

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

1/2 cup thick and chunky marinara sauce

2 Tablespoons chopped turkey pepperoni

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

In 12-16 ounce mug microwave marinara sauce on High for 45-75 seconds or until beginning to bubble. Stir in pepperoni, sprinkle with cheese. Microwave on high 30-45 seconds or until cheese is bubbly. Let stand one minute. Serve with breadsticks, pita wedges or crusty French bread.

The book has a couple variations and another I’ll add – this is a great way to use up small amounts of leftovers. That little bit of burger or other that’s not a meal by itself – use in a mug meal!

Essential Omelet

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons milk or water

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

add variations or use as above (see below).

In the mug, whisk all ingredients until well blended. Add other ingredients if using them. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, microwave on high 30-45 seconds or until eggs are puffed and just barely set at center.

Options –

Cheese – add 2-3 tablespoons shredded cheese of choice or 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese to beaten eggs.

Denver – add 2 tablespoons chopped ham, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese and a tablespoon chopped pepper to the eggs.

Bacon Swiss – add 2 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons ready to eat bacon bits to eggs.

Herbed – add up to 2 teaspoons basil, cilantro, chives or choice of herbs to the egg mixture.

The book has some other options too!

 

Unstuffed Pepper mug

1/3 cup instant brown rice

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup coarsely chopped drained roasted bell pepper

1/2 cup rinsed drained canned black beans

1/2 cup diced tomatoes with juice

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper

1/3 cup shredded cheese.

In 16 ounce mug, combine rice and water. Cover with small plate and microwave for 5-6 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from oven and let stand, covered, for 1 minute.

Stir in other ingredients except cheese. Microwave uncovered on high for 30 seconds or until heated through. Top with cheese and microwave 25-30 seconds, let stand 30 seconds before eating.

You can do lunch prep by putting rice in the mug, cheese in a small airtight container and other ingredients in a small airtight container. This can use the entire can of ingredients safely.

 

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