The nest is empty, leaving the house a little too quiet. It’s nice not to have to fight for the bathroom in the morning or wait in line to use the Keurig. But you miss the reason to sit down and have breakfast. When you’re finally able to do your own thing, it’s easy to skip breakfast, to just grab a coffee and go. Why bother cooking breakfast for one?

Nourishing your body with breakfast should never feel like a bother! It also doesn’t have to be a big production. You can cook a simple and delicious breakfast for one while you wait for your coffee to brew.

Perhaps you’ve seen those little cups in the grocery store that promise a quick and healthy breakfast with just the crack of an egg? The truth is you can do the same thing at home without the extra packaging or cost. A microwave egg breakfast bowl is the perfect solution for cooking breakfast for one!

Microwave egg bowls can take one basic ingredient, the humble egg, and let you flavor it or serve it a wide variety of flavors.

Some flavor combinations may require a little prep work at the beginning of the week. For example, my favorite flavor combination requires you to chop some red onion and bell pepper on the weekend or whenever you get home from the grocery store. You don’t need to chop a lot (maybe one whole pepper and half an onion), and the ingredients store well in the refrigerator. Make sure you bring home some salsa and cheese (if you can do dairy) and you’re all set to make a delicious microwave egg bowl.

When you’re ready to make breakfast, grab your second favorite mug. (Of course, your favorite mug has your coffee or tea in it!) In your mug put one tbsp each of chopped onion, chopped pepper and shredded cheese. Add a spoonful of salsa plus a little pepper and salt if desired. Then crack your egg into your mug but don’t stir. Place in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds. Then remove and stir. You will put the mug back in the microwave and cook another 20 seconds. (Times may vary slightly based on your microwave.) If you’re extra hungry, you can do two eggs, but you’ll need to add another 15-20 seconds to the cook time. Let it sit and cool before stirring again.

You can also make cooking breakfast for one even easier with no prep combinations. You’ll use the same basic recipe, but you add “ready to go” ingredients. For example, baby spinach and goat cheese make a delicious combination. Another one of my favorites is soy sauce, sriracha and crumbles seaweed from those snack packs they sell at Mama Jean’s. You can also experiment with other combinations of pre-chopped vegetables, leftover sides (like quinoa or rice) and meats like chopped ham or bacon.

The simplest way to enjoy any of these combinations is straight out of your mug. Pair with a piece of fruit and you have an energizing breakfast to start your day. You can also make breakfast tacos by dividing the mixture between two corn tacos and adding some sliced avocado. You can try making a breakfast burrito out a whole grain wrap with avocado and greens. Perhaps you prefer a hearty Ezekiel Sprouted Grain English muffin to a tortilla? Toast your English muffin and top with your delightful egg creation.

No matter which option you choose cooking breakfast for one can’t get any easier! It’s so simple you might make one for your spouse before they sprint out the door or for your daughter when she comes home for a weekend visit.

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