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- Author: Camilla V. Saulsbury
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Robert Rose (January 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778804747
- ISBN-13: 978-0778804741
- Cover Price $24.95
The craze for microwaving portion-size dishes in a mug is only gaining steam.
Whether you’re dining solo or you’re pressed for time, meals in a mug are the perfect solution. And if you’re living in a dorm, traveling in an RV or eating at the office, they offer a convenient and budget-friendly way to eat delicious and healthy meals.
These individual-portion-sized recipes will take you through morning breakfast to late-afternoon snacks to satisfying suppers with just a quick trip to the microwave, omitting hours of stovetop simmering or baking. Camilla has stripped away all the time-consuming steps, as well as all the artificial ingredients found in boxed meals. Most of these recipes can be created from scratch in less time than it takes to defrost a processed store-bought meal. For example, in just 2 minutes, breakfast gets a boost with a delicious homemade muffin.
Camilla V. Saulsbury is a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete, and creator of the healthy food blog, Power Hungry. She also holds a PhD in sociology with specializations in food studies, health, and medicine.
Camilla has been featured on the Food Network, Today, Good Morning America Health, QVC, and in multiple publications including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Clean Eating, Cosmo Girl, Food Network Magazine, and Pilates Style.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Camilla currently lives in Texas with her husband and son.
I have been hearing about mug desserts for a while now. I didn’t realize people are making all sorts of things in mugs, not just desserts like cake. Chapters in this cookbook include:
- Super-Fast, Cheap and Easy Recipes with 4 Ingredients (or Less)
- Bread and Muffins
- Soups, Stews, and Chilis
- Meatless Main Dishes
- Meat, Poultry and Seafood Main Dishes
- Pasta and Grains
- Snacks Desserts
The beginning of this book explains the most important tips and information that you’ll need to successfully make a meal in a mug. What microwave settings, what timing, what size ingredients, what kind of ingredients, and of course, what size mug. Then come the recipes. Each chapter has an index of the recipes included, which I find very helpful. There is a large variety of recipes, definitely something for every taste. Recipes are one per page, and all are written in easy to understand language. Each recipe is made in one mug, so if you need larger servings, just double and use two mugs. Many recipes also include variations and instructions on how to make ahead of time. There are a few photos in the middle of the book but aside from that the cookbook is all text. If a future edition is planned I’d really like to see prep and cooking time displayed. I’m looking forward to trying many of these recipes, especially Creamy tomato Soup, Creamy Broccoli Soup, Apple Butter Breakfast Mug, Brown Sugar Vanilla Breakfast Polenta, Banana Bread, Loaded Potato Soup, Beef and Barley Soup, Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, Upside Down Shepherd’s Pie, Pick Your Sauce Spaghetti, and Banana Pudding . This cookbook would be great for anyone that is interested in making a quick meal.
Here is a yummy sounding recipe from the cookbook, reprinted with permission.
Italian Meatball Stew (page 146)
Courtesy 250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2014 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
Ready-made meatballs add quick and delicious heft, while mixed vegetables, marinara and mushrooms enrich store-bought broth for a quick and truly delicious Italian meal in a mug.
- 4 frozen beef meatballs 4
- 1⁄2 cup marinara sauce (125 mL)
- 1⁄3 cup ready-to-use beef broth (75 mL)
- 1⁄3 cup drained canned mixed vegetables (75 mL)
- 2 tbsp drained canned or jarred (30 mL)
- mushroom pieces
- Salt and ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese or shredded Italian-blend cheese; chopped fresh parsley
To make this recipe you’ll need a 16-oz (500 mL) mug.
In the mug, microwave meatballs on High for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely warmed through. Using a fork, cut meatballs in half.
Stir in marinara sauce, broth, mixed vegetables and mushrooms. Microwave on High for 1 1⁄2 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with any of the suggested accompaniments, as desired.
Vegetarian Meatball Stew: Replace the beef meatballs with ready-to-use vegetarian or vegan meatballs, and use vegetable broth in place of the beef broth.
Chicken or vegetable broth can be used in place of the beef broth.
Freeze the remaining mixed vegetables in a small sealable freezer bag. You can freeze the entire amount in one bag, or portion out 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) per bag so that the vegetables are recipe-ready. Be sure to label the bag with the contents. Store for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator or microwave before using.
Freezer Slider bags are made from extra thick material for better protection from freezer burn. The bags feature patented MaxLock Track to ensure a secure seal. Every bag clicks closed so you know it’s closed.
Prep Ahead Option
Place the meatballs in the mug; cover and refrigerate (decrease the cooking time in step 1 to 30 to 45 seconds). Measure the marinara sauce, broth, mixed vegetables and mushrooms into a small airtight container; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Have you ever made a meal in a mug? If not, is there a meal you’d like to learn how to make in a mug? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!
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