Microwave Apple Crisp

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Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I thought I’d introduce the microwave version of my favorite Thanksgiving dessert.  All you need is six ingredients and about fifteen minutes.  It’s easy, delicious, and fast, and it makes just enough for one satisfying serving, unless you want seconds.

Ingredients:

1 apple

2 tablespoons quick oats

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon melted, unsalted butter

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional: A nice heaping of whipped cream or ice cream!  It tastes so much better with cream!

Instructions:

1. Peel the apple.  Core it, then slice it thinly. This will be your filling!

2. Mix the rest of your ingredients (quick oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter) in a mixing bowl.

3. Put your apple slices in a microwave-safe mug.  Make sure your mug is big enough that the apples fill less than half-way.  A bowl works too!  (The apple slices will have shrunk by the end, but you don’t want them to go over the edge of the cup while they’re cooking.)  Cover it, and microwave for 30 seconds.

4. Spoon your oat mixture over the top.  Try to make it even.  Now microwave for a full minute.

5. Let it sit for a few seconds so it doesn’t bubble over the edge of the mug, then microwave for another 30 seconds.  Repeat once more.  Now you’re done!  Once it’s cooled, you can dig in!  Doesn’t that smell delicious?

Credit: http://eugeniekitchen.com/apple-crisp/

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Halloween Tip #3: Tim Tams and Kit Kats

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Tim Tams and Kit Kats are both chocolate-covered wafers.  They’re good for snacking.  But there’s more than one way to use these Halloween leftovers!

1. As a Drinking Straw

Simply bite off both ends, dip it into a drink of your choice (I’d recommend coffee, milk, or hot chocolate), and voila!  A straw! There’s nothing better than getting a sip of hot chocolate through the wafer. And you can even eat the wafer “straw” afterwards.  Slightly melty, and full of the drink of your choice…  If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s amazing.

2. Stirring Sticks

You could also simply use them as stirring sticks; the chocolate melts perfectly into hot drinks, but I still prefer the straw.

Photo Credit: http://productsfromnz.com/1900+Tim+Tams+Biscuits+(Cookies)

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Microwave Choco Pudding

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It’s still early in the school year, but that dreaded time has come. Midterms. In between study sessions, I find myself craving something sweet and easy. What’s easier than a chocolate pudding you can whip up with a microwave in about 15 minutes? This recipe makes 4 servings, so share some with your study group!

Serving size: 4 cups of puddin

Ingredients:

  • ​1/2 cup white sugar
  • ​1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ​2 cups milk
  • ​2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: (for toppings) chopped bananas, sliced almonds, caramel drizzle

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl.  Add the milk in a little at a time to avoid lumps.
  2. Cook everything for one minute.  Stir, then cook again for another minute.  Stir.  Continue microwaving for one-minute intervals, and stirring until the pudding looks shiny and thick.
  3. Then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Carefully place a piece of plastic kitchen wrap smoothly onto the surface of the pudding.  This will prevent a rubbery layer of “skin” from forming.  Chill in the refrigerator.  Once the pudding has set, it’s ready to serve!
  5. Stir in chopped bananas and sliced almonds or whatever you feel goes with chocolate pudding!

Enjoy!

Source: AllRecipes.com

One Minute Cheesecake

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Are you ever craving something just a little unhealthy after dinner, or at three in the morning? We are.  But we’re usually too busy, or too lazy to put anything together.  This recipe from yourlighterside.com solves that problem with a few ingredients, some creativity, and a microwave.

Serving size: one cup’s worth of cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla/ vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar/ sugar substitute

Optional:

  • Fresh fruit for toppings, or to be swirled into the cheesecake
  • 1 graham cracker to crumble and press into a crust under the filling)

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything together in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Place in microwave on high heat for 90 seconds.  Stir every 30 seconds. Keep in the refrigerator until you serve it.
  3. If you’re so inclined, go for whatever berry is in season, smash a couple, and fold them into the cheesecake filling.
  4. Smash a graham cracker into crumbs.
  5. In a ramekin, cup, or small bowl, mash the crumbled graham cracker into the sides of your container until it takes the shape of a crust.
  6. Spoon in the filling.
  7. Top with fruits and your choice of whipped cream, Nutella, caramel, or whatever you have on hand.  Or all of the above.

Enjoy!

Source: yourlighterside.com