Most of my days start off the same way—with a strong cup of something highly caffeinated and Icelandic-style yogurt topped with homemade granola. I rely on the jolt of caffeine and sugar to get me going and chase off the black cloud that hangs over my head early in the day. I am not a morning person, a fact I've mentioned numerous times, and just to be safe you're best off not talking to me before noon.
You have been warned.
I realize this isn't the healthiest way to start my day, so one of my goals this month has been to diversify my breakfast choices. My goal is to eat less sugar, more protein, and perhaps toss the occasional veggie in there for good measure. I was wracking my brain for easy ideas when I realized I was overthinking the matter. All I needed to do is go back to the beginning, one of the first things my mother taught me how to cook was microwave scrambled eggs. It's the perfect meal for anyone unable to start the day off gracefully (or in my case, isn't inclined to start the day at all.)
Does my mother know me well or what?
This recipe is so simple I never thought to share it with you before, but a few recent conversations made me change my mind. I was operating under the assumption that most people relied on microwave scrambled eggs to eat a cheap and healthy meal when they were pressed for time. It's been a staple in my household for years, but after talking to my house guests over Labor Day I realized that most of my friends likely survived their late nights of "studying" by skipping breakfast or chowing down on cereal as they ran out the door. They didn't know you could make perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs in the microwave in under 2 minutes.
I guess they didn't grow up with a Microwave Mama like I did (hi mom!)
We've teased my mom endlessly over the years about her love of the microwave, but her cooking methods only reinforced that it was possible to have a nutritious meal on the table without having to resort to a heat and eat box. This is a lesson I took to heart, even if I did spend many a morning eating cold pizza as I scrambled out the door (don't judge, it was college after all, and I do love pizza.)
This recipe may be simple, but it's proof that eating a healthy, unprocessed breakfast doesn't need to be time consuming. It's also a great recipe to use with children of all ages. I've never met a kid that didn't love to crack eggs or take over the tedious task of stirring. These days my pre-schooler wakes up wanting to make his mama breakfast, which brings a smile to my face every single time.
Microwave Scrambled Eggs
makes 1 serving
2-3 large eggs
2 tablespoons smoked gouda, shredded
top with fresh chives, salt, and pepper, to taste
variations to try
Florentine: Spinach, green onion, and fire roasted tomatoes
Southwest: black beans, bell pepper, sweet corn, and pepper jack
Italian: Italian sausage, fire roasted tomatoes, and mozzarella
Farmer's: Ham, bacon, sausage, and cheddar
Irish: Hash browns, corned beef, and swiss cheese
Lazy: Skip the chives and use Penzey's Fox Point Seasoning instead
- In a microwave safe mug or bowl, add all of the ingredients, then give everything a good stir. Be careful not to overfill the mug, the eggs will double in size and can run over the top.
- Microwave uncovered for 30 seconds. Stir ingredients, then continue to cook in 30 second increments until eggs are fully cooked. Keep in mind that cooking time can vary widely from mug to mug. It's best to keep a close eye on these the first few times you make them.
- Top with chives, salt, and pepper before serving. Enjoy!
If you decide to try out some of the variations, keep in mind that you'll want to pre-cook ingredients like bacon or sausage before adding it to the eggs as it may not cook fully in the microwave.
Instead of using a coffee mug or bowl I prefer to use This Soup Dish from Good Cook. The handle doesn't heat up even after two minutes in the microwave. You can pick up the red dish on Amazon, or check your local grocery store where you'll likely find them in a variety of colors (I have them in black, blue, and purple.)
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