CUPS OF CHEER: BLUEBERRY MUFFINS, MAC ‘N CHEESE, + OMELETS

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Because college is just around the corner, a concern on my mind has been how will I find the time to cook (and still have time for homework, studying, and social stuff) ? Anyways, I’d seen some “mug recipes” on Pinterest and I figured that they could be a solution on those college days when I don’t have much time to cook. I mentioned to one of my friends that we should try some out and TODAY WAS THE DAY, people. We tried out some of those mug recipes (and here’s what I have to say about them)!

Up first, OMELET IN A CUP. For my first recipe, I wanted to try cooking eggs. Honestly, I didn’t really expect it to turn out. I was imagining that it would be some sort of runny egg-goo mixed with bacon + cheese. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that the eggs turned out GREAT (even though it was more like scrambled eggs instead of an omelet).

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Just add a side of toast, and ta-da!

OMELET IN A CUP RECIPE:

Ingredients:

– 2 eggs

-a pinch of salt + pepper

-crumbled bacon

-cheese, grated

-bell peppers, tomatoes, etc. (optional)

Instructions:

Whisk all of the ingredients together and pour into a mug. (I picked a really big mug, and it looked like there weren’t enough eggs. BUT, lo and behold the picture says it all. There were PLENTY of eggs.) Cook in the microwave for approximately 1 1/2 min. Stir, and cook until the eggs are done ( approx. 30 sec.).

Next up, my friend decided to make a mug of Mac ‘N Cheese. On this one we weren’t so lucky at first. The noodles took quite a long time to cook thoroughly and she repeatedly had to take the mug out and wipe out the microwave because the water had overflown. In the end, it turned out nicely. It just required a little bit more attention than the omelet.

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Mac ‘N Cheese Recipe:

Ingredients:

-about 1 cup of uncooked noodles (she used penne noodles)

-enough water to cover the noodles

-milk

-cheese, grated (she used a provolone + mozzarella mix as well as cheddar)

Instructions:

Put the uncooked noodles and the water in a mug and cook until tenderized (it was about 8 min. in total). If the water runs out, make sure to refill it so it covers the noodles. TIP: Place a bowl or a plate under the mug to catch the water that overflows. Once the noodles are thoroughly cooked, drain excess water and pour in a small amount of milk. Stir in the cheese and microwave for a few more seconds to melt it. Now tie a napkin around your neck and you are set to go!

Lastly, we decided we would make one more recipe so we chose to make a blueberry muffin! HONEST OPINION: This one wasn’t my favorite but my friend really enjoyed it.

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BLUEBERRY MUFFIN RECIPE:

(all due credit goes to Gemma Stafford for the recipe)

Ingredients:

-4 Tbs. flour

-2 tsp. sugar

-1/8 tsp. baking powder

-1/16 tsp. baking soda

-3 Tbs. milk

-1 Tbs. vegetable oil (or any cooking oil that you have)

-10 fresh blueberries (we totally used frozen ones)

Streusel topping:

-1 Tbs. cold butter

-1 1/2 Tbs. flour

-1 1/2 Tbs. brown sugar (or white, we used white)

-1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (optional, we used this too)

Instructions:

Mix everything listed in the muffin ingredients except for the blueberries into a mug. Drop the blueberries in, spreading them out. In a small bowl, mix the streusel topping with a fork until it resembles bread crumbs. Sprinkle streusel topping on the muffin mix. Microwave for about 1 min. (I believe we put it in for a little bit longer. DISCLAIMER: the muffin will look like it’s not done when it really is because of the butter on the top. Check the center of the muffin with a knife to see when it’s done!)

Well, that’s it for the “Cups of Cheer” recipes tonight. I was so pleasantly surprised that all of these recipes worked out and tasted good! Honestly, recipes like these could be a grade-saver + a sleep-saver for those of you who, like me, are planning on cooking most of their meals in college. Happy day, everyone!

xoxo,

kaylee jo



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