James and I have been on a mug kick lately. Well, technically we’ve been on a mug kick for decades, if you’re talking about our coffee obsession.
But that’s not what I’m talking about, Willis.
With just a microwave, a mug, and a bunch of tasty ingredients, you can actually make an entire meal, just like that. I’m pretty sure my attraction to cooking in a mug all stems from laziness. Mug cooking is faster, easier, and takes MUCH less time in the dreaded clean-up phase (insert “Hallelujiah” music). Plus, they’re all portioned out, so there can be no overeating. Well, unless you steal your spouse’s.
But that would be bad. Don’t do that.
Since James and I are especially lazy when it comes to mornings in the RV, microwave mug breakfasts are the bomb-diggity when on the road.
Anyway, I want you to know that I just now whipped up the omelets you see in these pictures. As I type, they’ve moved from mug to belly (happy belly), and are currently working their way through my digestive system. Is that TMI? Probably a little TMI, oh well. Since we’ve already established I can be lazy, rewriting that seems like too much work. And the good news is that omelet will fuel me on my jog once I’m done here. James is already off on his bike burning his omelet off, the over-achiever.
So let’s talk about this recipe. There are lots of different ways to make mug omelets, but this recipe is one of our favorites because it’s just so yummy.
There’s a little-known secret to creating a creamy (yet still healthy) omelet. You know what it is?
I know, I know, many of you hate the stuff. The texture, the taste, you’d rather eat dirt. James is one of those anti-cottage cheezists. The first time I told him I was making omelets with the secret ingredient cottage cheese he wrinkled up his nose and said, “ewww.” Here’s the thing about it. When mixed in and cooked up, NO ONE WOULD GUESS IT’S IN THERE. So, you skeptics out there, don’t judge it till you try it. And once you do, make sure you imagine me saying, “told ya so!”
Also, can I just take a moment to rave about my love of eggs?
Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, gang. They’ve pretty much got a little of almost everything we need inside that shell. They’re also an excellent source of choline, which 90% of us aren’t getting enough of. Choline is a sadly under-discussed essential nutrient that is vital for cell function and absolutely critical when it comes to healthy growth and development. And don’t worry about the cholesterol in eggs. Turns out we had that wrong. Current research shows that eating eggs does not have adverse effects on cholesterol in the blood for the general population. Plus, eating eggs consistently raises levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. So eat up!
Turkey Spinach Omelets in a Mug Recipe
- 1 teaspoon butter (to coat the inside of the mug)
- 2 tablespoons cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed, dried and finely chopped
- 1 slice smoked turkey diced into tiny pieces (2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon shredded sharp cheddar
- Microwave the butter directly in the mug until melted, and then brush it around to coat the inside of the mug.
- Add the cottage cheese and eggs. Whisk thoroughly.
- Stir in the spinach and turkey.
- Microwave for 2 minutes, and then add the shredded cheese.
- Microwave another 30 seconds, and for high powered microwaves, it should be done. If it still seems a little wet, continue to microwave in 30 second increments.
- Let cool a few minutes before eating.