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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Breakfast (or Lunch) Kids Can Make Themselves

Breakfast homeschool kids can make themselvesEvery once in a while you come across a recipe that changes your life for the better. Sometimes I really need my kids to be able to fix a quick meal on their own without dirtying a bunch of pots and pans---this is a super easy way for a kid to make scrambled eggs independently without a lot of clean up for Mom.

Bonus: it allows my late risers to have a filling breakfast without disrupting our homeschool morning.

My kids like to make an open or closed egg sandwich using this technique by putting the egg onto a toasted English muffin.

Ready?! Because this might blow your mind. I know it did mine.

Microwaved Scrambled Eggs

original recipe from Good Housekeeping

yields: 1 serving


  • 2 eggs
  • milk
  • non-stick spray

special equipment:

  • regular coffee mug
  • microwave

1. Spray the inside of the mug with the non-stick spray---this helps the eggs slip out leaving little if any residue behind.

2. Crack two eggs into the mug (if you crack them on the inside top edge of the mug, you are less likely to have some dripping down the outside).

3. Add a splash of milk and scramble the eggs with a fork until they look fairly uniform.


4. Ok, this is the only tricky bit: finding the ideal time for your microwave. The original instructions suggested 2 minutes total cooking time, stopping to stir halfway, but this is too long for my microwave. So, the first time you do this, cook at full power for 30 seconds, take it out and give it a stir…then cook 30 seconds, stir again, cook 30 seconds…until your eggs are done. They will puff up above the sides of your mug and then start to go down again.  Now you should know the total time you need for your microwave. Note that using a different sized mug can also change the time. My 1100 watt microwave’s magic length of time is 90 seconds, which I do in two 45 second increments.

After 45 seconds in my microwave:



Give it a stir:



After another 45 seconds:


5. Carefully dump out the eggs onto a plate. They will be cylinder shape, but you can break them apart with a fork (as I did below). The diameter fits perfectly onto an English muffin if you leave it whole. You can do it again using the same mug for the same kid.


Believe it or not, my kids actually prefer their eggs this way. In fact, one of my kids who swore she hated eggs, loves these. They are tasty, the right texture, and not dry around the edges the way pan scrambled eggs can be. But, it is important to not overcook them and to add the milk.

What is your favorite recipe for kids to make their own breakfast or lunch? Leave me a link in the comments!

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