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- Title: Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes
- Autor: Dina Cheney
- Publisher (Publication Date): Taunton Press (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
Cooking for one can be fun and easy. Mug Meals offers 125 incredibly flavorful, no-hassle, single-serving recipes, made with just a few fresh ingredients. It’s the easy answer to “What can I make, fast?” And a welceom solution for busy families, teens on the go, college students, singles, and seniors. Look at all the helpful features it offers:
- Simple and satisfying recipes-for-one make the perfect size meal
- Never eat watery frozen meals or expensive take-out again
- The pantry supply list will keep you stocked with the essentials
- 40 colorful photographs of tasty mug means will inspire you
Secret weapon: your microwave. It really can be used for more than popping popcorn. The straightforward microwave basics section will teach you the ins and outs of microwave cooking. To get started, all you need is:
- One mug
- A microwave
- Some fresh ingredients
125 hearty meals in minutes. Quickly create that home-cooked dish you’ve been craving with mouthwatering meals-in-a-mug for any time of day. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:
- Breakfast–Savory Summer Corn Oatmeal with Bacon; Double Berry French Toast; Lox and Bagel Strata
- Lunch–Moroccan Pumpkin and Chickpea Stew; White Bean Gratin with Olives and Lemon; Double Carrot Soup
- Dinner–Chinese Chicken with Noodles and Black Bean Sauce; Classic Shepherd’s Pie; Lasagna
- Dessert–Mango Coconut Crumble; Molten Chocolate Cake with Truffle Filling; Peach and Cornbread Shortcake, to name only a few
Instant one-cup clean-up! No more loads of leftovers that inevitably get tossed in the trash. Put an end to over-buying ingredients only to have them spoil in the crisper. Enjoy instant success with receipes that call for only a few ingredients and cook in one cup, so clean-up is a snap. And your meal in a mug is oh-so delicious!
About the Author
Dina Cheney, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, is the author of Meatless All Day, Year-Round Slow Cooker, Tasting Club, and Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Salads. She is a regular contributor to Clean Eating and Specialty Food. For more than three years, Dina was the “Taste Test” columnist for Every Day with Rachael Ray. Dina also has written for Parents, Fine Cooking, Prevention.com, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, The Huffington Post, and more.
“Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes” by Dina Cheney is a beautifully illustrated cookbook based on recipes which can be cooked in a 12 ounce mug (though the author points out that using a 16 ounce mug works as well – and maybe helps with keeping the microwave clean.) I became interested in this book because it involves more work than throwing four ingredients into a mug and heating it up. While there are a few simpler items included, this is not a book of simple flavor recipes – it is a book of interesting and somewhat complex ingredient meals/desserts that are simple to make. You will need a decently stocked pantry to make all of the recipes. Good news for beginners is that you can buy the items as you go along and you will end up with a well-stocked pantry by the time you have worked your way through the book. The Introduction explains the premise of the book, gives some background, pantry tips, and even cooking suggestions for some items. After the introduction, the book is divided into three categories: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, and Desserts. The recipes in the book are fairly evenly divided, which is very good news for those (like myself) who like to make scrumptious breakfasts. So many cookbooks give only a few pages to making omelets, scrambles, and casseroles (albeit with a number of variations listed in fine print.) It was a real pleasure to see recipe after recipe that varied so much in content and flavor. I’m also an individual who likes breakfast for lunch and dinner, so having unusual breakfast meals adds to my use of the cookbook throughout the day. The Lunch/Dinner section does rely fairly heavily on having certain pre-cooked items ready (e.g., ground meats, quinoa, and rice.) This is true to a lesser extent for breakfasts. The author suggests that you make these ahead of time and keep time in the refrigerator for a number of days. You can also freeze them in the amounts you need for your meals (use a zip-lock bag for easy cleanup) and thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. I really liked that the author explained how to cook each of these needed precooked items (though I generally use a one-to-one ratio for my quinoa.) It makes the recipes easier for someone with beginning cooking skills. A number of the recipes require cheese and unless you wish to shred your own (which I do), buying shredded cheese may work best for you. The Dessert section is simply gorgeous. So much choice and flavors and best of all, in sizes that won’t encourage you to eat seconds of that wonderful sweet thing you made. It’s even possible to make one dessert and then share it (which I just might consider doing with my husband.) Just looking at the pictures and reading the ingredients makes me want to cook every single one of them as each looks more delicious than the last. The cookbook is a keeper for the kitchen shelf. This is one to keep on hand to use all the time. It is so versatile for various cooks who want to make a portion appropriate meal: it is great for the single cook (beginner or advanced) who wants to make a great tasting recipe; for a family who wants to have recipes available for quick meals for an individual who needs their meal sooner rather than later (heading for class, practice, or what have you); and finally, for the cook, who like me, has cooked for a larger family and wants to make dishes for two that still capture the taste and feel of the “old days” while saving time and clean-up. I received a digital advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I also purchased several copies of the book for myself and other family members.