Microwave Apple Crisp

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eugenie apple crisp

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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Chilled Cucumber Salad

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These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day! Make a batch to accompany your next summer meal!

Cucumbers are perfect as a light appetizer.  They’re refreshing, they aren’t too filling, and they taste surprisingly good.  Also, they’re really easy to make.  No stove required!  You may have seen chilled Cucumber Salad as an appetizer at a Chinese restaurant.  Now you can make your own!

Ingredients:

1-2 large seedless cucumbers

2-3 cloves of garlic

Soy sauce ( start with a 1/2 cup, then add to taste)

Rice vinegar (start with a 1/2 cup, then add to taste)

Chili oil (Optional, but delicious)

Directions:

1. Peel the cucumber first if you don’t like the skin.  Otherwise, just wash it, and then slice it into pieces 1/3-1/2 inches (or around 1 cm) thick.

2. Dice the cloves of garlic.

3. Put the garlic and the cucumber into a large bowl.  Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili oil to taste.

4. Toss gently.  That’s it!  You’re done!  Now enjoy!

Wasn’t that easy?

Credit: my mom and Allison

Photo credit: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/chilled-garlic-soy-cucumbers/

Microwave Mac & Cheese

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Who doesn’t like mac and cheese?  I love it, but I find that a whole bowl of it can be too much.  This recipe is perfect for a small, but filling snack, and the most you’ll have to wash is a mug and a spoon!  Honestly, that’s the best part.  Easy cooking and easy cleaning.  (Wash as soon as you’re done eating, or soak your mug in hot water to get rid of the cheese and make for easier clean up.)

 

Ingredients:

1/3 cup macaroni/ any small pasta you have on hand

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup milk (whatever kind you have)

1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar probably works best, but feel free to mix in your favorites)

Optional: teaspoon of butter/ ground pepper

 

Directions:

1. “Boil” your pasta by combining the pasta and the water in a large mug.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then stir.  I recommend doing this on 20 second intervals, so the water doesn’t spill over.  That should be 6, 20 second intervals.

2. Check the pasta.  Repeat until desired firmness.  For me, this usually takes another 2 minutes, but I have a strong microwave.  If you like your pasta softer than al dente, you might want to cook for 4 extra minutes instead of 2.  Stir at every interval.  (All the water should be absorbed.  If the pasta isn’t cooked yet, add another spoonful of water, and cook for another few intervals of 20 seconds.)

3. You’re almost done now!  Remove your mug from the microwave, and stir in the milk and cheese!  (Add the butter and pepper here too if you want.)  Be careful with the hot mug, but everything should eventually melt into gooey goodness as you stir.

4. Enjoy!  You can always make another mug for yourself, or share with a friend!

Credit:

I’ve seen this recipe more than once, and I’ve added butter and pepper to mine, but here’s the most recent one I’ve seen: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/instant-mug-o-mac-cheese-in-the-microwave/

The picture is also from babble.com