Breakfast in a Mug

So these recipes my mom shared came from Tasty.  This video actually has 3 breakfasts you can make in a mug; a blueberry muffin, omelette, and a banana cinnamon cake.  I had to make all of these recipes at work because you need a microwave and we do not have one.  I feel like this is a running theme so far.  Every recipe involves something I don’t have.

Monday: Blueberry muffin mug

I was looking forward to this.  Blueberry muffins are delicious. If there is a good way to make these faster, I’m all about it.  Unfortunately, this is not the way.  Let’s just say I am really glad I brought extra food with me to eat as a backup.

So I added all my ingredients.  The video made it seen like this was going to make a lot of batter so I used a larger mug.  This was unnecessary.  PhotoGrid_1455549622977

I cooked it for a minute to start with.  The top was cooked but the bottom was still raw so I stirred it up a bit and then put it in for another 20-25 seconds.  There was still a little batter at the bottom after this but I didn’t want to overcook it so I left it.

The final product looked nice but it was disgusting.  It tasted like nothing and the texture was just gross.  I’ll stick to just baking blueberry muffins the good old fashioned way.

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Wednesday: Banana Cinnamon Cake

So I had very low expectations for this after the blueberry muffin.  I mashed up the banana and added all my ingredients to the mug and then tried to cook it.

The same thing happened while cooking where the bottom did not cook.  I’m starting to understand why they did not use a clear mug.  $20 says that the bottom of their muffins weren’t cooked.  Anyway, I mixed it up a bit and cooked it some more.  I think I cooked it for a little over a minute and a half.  Taste wise, it wasn’t horrible.  I think the banana was able to mask a lot of the crappy taste.  Would I make it again?  No. Just no.

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Thursday: Omelette

To start with, this recipe asked for onions AND scallions.  That is unnecessary.  I used just scallions because I already had some.  This recipe I knew was going to work.  I have cooked eggs in the microwave before but it is essential to stir every so often so it cooks evenly.  So I added all my ingredients and put it in the microwave.

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I think I ended up cooking this for about 2 minutes and stirring it every time the eggs rose to the top of the mug.  This I would do again if I wanted eggs at work and was too lazy to plan ahead.

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So what did we learn this week?  Never bake in a microwave and always bring a back up breakfast.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

My mom shared this recipe for cauliflower fried rice from Tip Hero.

So first I had to grind up some cauliflower.  It said to use a food processor, which we do not own.  We do have a Ninja but I had to do it in a few batches in order to get enough because the Ninja is small.  It did a great job of chopping up the cauliflower though.

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I also pre-measured everything for this recipe like I did for the peppers.  That made it a lot easier.  I ended up throwing the onion and carrots into the Ninja to make things less complicated.  I also ended up using a can of peas since I was using fresh carrots.  Later on I regretted not buying frozen peas because the canned ones look so sad and gross.  You’ll see in the pictures.

So I started with adding oil to a really hot pan and cooking the onion, carrots and peas for a little bit. Just look at those sad peas.

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Then it says to push everything to the side to add the eggs.  I have no idea what the point of this was.  The eggs were going to cook whether they were with the other stuff or not.

After the eggs cook, you add the cauliflower and soy sauce and let it cook for 5 minutes.

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This recipe wasn’t too bad.  The whole cooking process probably took about 10 minutes.  I did feel like it lacked some flavor though.  I ended up adding some Sriracha sauce to add some spice and that still didn’t help much.   I might make cauliflower fried rice again but I will try to find a better recipe first.

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Taco-Stuffed Peppers

Another day, another recipe.  Today’s recipe is from Tasty.

I was looking forward to this recipe because it was very similar to a chicken taco chili recipe but in a pepper.  It looked good and seemed pretty easy. So I gathered all the ingredients to start.

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This recipe was pretty easy after you prep everything.  I cooked the rice in a rice cooker while I was prepping everything else.  Instead of a regular onion I used shallots because apparently, when a blizzard comes, everyone wants onions and there were none left at the store.  I took the super lazy approach and instead of chopping them up I threw them in the Ninja.  I thought this would help avoid my eyes burning but oh how wrong I was.  All it did was postpone the burning.  I opened the lid of the Ninja and then proceeded to say “Oh my God!” over and over until my husband, Josh, came running into the kitchen and then called me a pussy for complaining since I did not even chop them. True love.

I decided to add some green chilies that I had leftover from the day before to try to make the recipe spicier. I used my own taco seasoning instead of a packet.  They give you a recipe for one in the directions but they had cornstarch in there and that is just dumb and unnecessary.  I shredded my own cheese because we had some and cut and scooped out the peppers and then my prep was done.  Finally.

I decided to try and be cool and make a video of the process but I had to use my cell phone and I ended up holding it the wrong way so it looked like crap.  It was pretty much just me adding stuff to a pot, stirring it up, putting that into peppers and putting it into the oven.  Now I saved you 2 extra minutes of your life.

I ended up adding a bunch of hot sauce to the mix after because it was not spicy at all.  I also did not cook the peppers for as long as they said because Josh doesn’t like mushy peppers (what a pain in the ass).

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The best part was when the peppers were done and I had to take them out of the loaf pan and plate them.  There is definitely a reason why they never showed this step in their video.  Josh stood by and laughed at me while I tried to get these damn peppers out.  He doesn’t like cheese so I was able to use tongs for his without messing up anything aesthetically.  Mine, however, was a disaster.  I didn’t want to ruin the cheese so I couldn’t use the tongs to grip the bottom and top, but trying to use them to grip the sides just made everything squish out the top.  I tried about 5 times and then finally was able to grab it and lift it out only to drop it onto my plate and cause a huge mess.  There was sauce all over my counter and coffee pot.  Awesome.  The picture below does not to the mess justice.

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Overall, this recipe was pretty good.  I don’t know how necessary it is to put it in the pepper though.  That just slowed down the eating process.  I’d make it again though and probably just throw it in a tortilla.

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