Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Green" Eggs For One, Hold The Ham


The bowl of cereal I eat every morning may be fast and easy to make, but by mid-morning I've paid for the convienence with an empty stomach. I want a breakfast that just as easy, but will stick to my ribs.
That's why I was excited to find this recipe for scrambled eggs done in the microwave. Basically you mix one egg, a little milk and a teaspoon of butter in a Pyrex measuring cup and zap it for 45 seconds to one minute. When I pulled the cup out of the microwave, I had a perfectly cooked scrambled egg.
This is a "green" egg because microwave cooking is more energy efficient than frying an egg on a stove. According to a study done by the Rocky Mountain Institute, cooking a meal in a frying pan on a stove for one hour used 0.9 kilowatts of energy. The same amount of food cooked on "high" in the microwave for 15 minutes used 0.36 kilowatts of energy.
So my Thrifty Green Thursday tip of the week is make this "breakfast of champions" in the microwave, not the stove. Click here for more tips.

9 comments:

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

That's a fantastic idea. I sort of have a similar problem with my breakfast. I eat oatmeal every morning, and even though I bulk it up with granola, my stomach feels empty a few hours later. Maybe I'll bring some eggs to work to zap them in the morning, too! Great idea :o)

I was all ready to participate in TGT today, but I was way to tired last night to do my post. Next week!

Rebecca said...

I have never tried cooking eggs in the microwave, even though I have a friend who swears by it! Maybe I should try it. I read in the book It's Easy Being Green that a microwave can be considered a "green" appliance because it is much more efficient than the stovetop or oven.

I know some people are afraid of the microwave . . . radiation, zapping nutrients, maybe some other issues. I have never really understood what those were all about. (Nor have I bothered looking it up!) I lived without a microwave for many years, but when my husband and I moved in together, he bought one within the first week. I use it fairly often now.

Okay, I'm getting off track here! Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday yet again!

LceeL said...

I have these plastic(?) things for making poached eggs that work in the microwave. They are soooo cool. Like 2 minutes and they're done. And I don't have to boil any water or anything.

Joy said...

Excellent post! I've also found that using a toaster oven, a crock pot and other small appliances are far more energy efficient than using the stove or oven. Recently I've also tried to do all my baking at once so that I don't have the oven on every night. It's a lot of work but so nice to get it all done at once. Tomorrow for breakfast, I'm trying your microwave egg trick. Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday!

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Our kitchen is so tiny that our microwave is in the garage... I could get a little more exercise making eggs :)

a friend to knit with said...

interesting!
i love your thursday posts!!!

laughingatchaos said...

Best way to make an egg! It's my morning savior when I'm trying to make breakfast for the boys before the caffeine hits! :)

bernthis said...

Sister you ARE short on time. Although, I get it. This morning I was late getting my kid to school and well, let us thank Trader Joes Mixed Grain pancake batter.

Rooster Press said...

Great tip because eggs are so good for you. The benefit your eyes, heart, brain, and breasts. Plus, the help with weight loss and encourage sleep. If you're interested read http://www.newrinkles.com/index.php/archive/are-eggs-healthy/