I use my microwave a lot and I am not ashamed to say it. OK, admittedly not for ready-meals, as “I don’t do those”. But it is quite handy for “steaming” veg, heating up sauces or leftovers, quickly “baking” potatoes and sweet potatoes, wilting spinach and all sorts of other quick-fixes and short cuts.
There was a chap on one of the morning TV programmes here a while back demonstrating recipes from his new book that is completely dedicated to microwave meals made in a mug. Certainly takes the microwave cake-in-a-mug concept to a whole new level!
Not yet attempted those, but I am quite partial to this quick omelette-in-a-ramekin for brunch. Easy to make for a crowd in individual ramekins, 4-6 at the time, in a microwave safe silicone muffin tray, or just the one ramekin on my solo-days. Gluten free, dairy free, no added fat, make it vegetarian or add some ham or chorizo. Gotta love it.
Microwave Omelette-in-a-ramekin (pp – GF DF LC V RSF)
If you don’t have a microwave, you can cook this in a 180C oven for 15-20 mins.
1 large egg (if making for 2, I use 3 eggs though, 6 eggs for 4 people and so on)
1 tbsp red or romano pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp shallot or onion, finely chopped
1/2 garlice clove, finely chopped or crushed
1 tbsp cooked mushrooms, wilted spinach, ham, cooked bacon or chorizo, finely chopped (optional)
some finely chopped soft fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill,…)
a few drops of tabasco or worcestershire sauce or a pinch of paprika, cayenne or chilli (optional)
To serve: slices of (GF) bread, a bread roll, an English muffin, a small potato rösti or salad
Ketchup and/or crispy bacon on the side is optional.
Mix all the ingredients together, season to taste and transfer to a ramekin. Microwave for 30 secs on high (I use medium-high as my microwave is 1300W). Stir and return to the microwave for another 30 secs. Check and if needed give it another 30 sec blast. You’re looking for to be just about set, but still a little moist on the top, as it continues cooking for a few minutes once removed from the microwave. It will go rubbery if overcooked.
Serve in its ramekin or turn out onto bread or salad. It should come out easily in one piece without the need to grease the ramekin.