A friend of mine posted this to Facebook one day, with the tagline “I may never cook again.” After scanning through the list of microwavable meals for one, and since we had a dinner date coming up anyway, I (only 1/8 joking) suggested we try making some of these for a meal. We set out to make 4 items, but our stomachs could only handle 3. (And I could hardly make it through dessert.)
But the takeaway was this – the recipes we tried were fantastic, and I can’t wait to not only make them again, but try the rest on that list. (And to post the others for you in the upcoming weeks.)
For our first course, and because it was the one I was most anxious to try, we made Meatloaf in a Mug. (Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home.) Not only did the recipe have minimal ingredients, but it took mere minutes to make, and only a few more to actually cook. We mixed everything in a bowl first, but you could probably mix it up directly in your mug if it’s big enough. And here’s something I’ll save you time on, doesn’t matter what size mug you use, the recipe will still yield the same amount. We may have gotten carried away using the biggest mugs we could find. I do not, however, know if that affected the cooking time at all.
MEATLOAF IN A MUG – serves 1
- 2 Tbsp 2% milk
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 2 Tbsp quick-cooking oats (oatmeal)
- 1 tsp onion soup mix
- 1/4 lb lean ground beef
- optional – additional ketchup
Coat a microwave safe mug (or custard cup) with cooking spray. Then, in a small bowl, combine the milk, ketchup, oats, and soup mix.
Crumble the ground beef over the mixture, and mix well to incorporate. But don’t overwork the meat, because you might make it tough.
Pat the meatloaf into your mug or bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink, and a meat thermometer reads 160ºF. (I’m just now realizing we actually didn’t cover this before cooking, but it still came out great. We also didn’t use a thermometer.)
Let stand for 3 minutes, and serve with additional ketchup if desired. (In our case, it was desired.) We put the ketchup on before we let it stand for a few minutes, then mushed it all together to eat.
I can’t get over how great this tasted. I love meatloaf, and to me this tasted how meatloaf should taste. The oatmeal added just enough heft, the onion soup mix and ketchup added just the right flavors, and it was a solid portion size. Though I will totally try adapting these ingredients into a full-size loaf recipe should I need to make one.
For something that started as a hesitant, “we should do this,” it ended as a pretty solid first course of a microwaved meal. I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried this, or a variation on it. And if you haven’t, I recommend this as the recipe to start with.