I love food in mason jars – there is just something cute about them. But it is also a practical way of taking food to work.
The other day, I knew I would not have time to eat breakfast before running out of the door to get to work. So the night before I threw together this cute mason jar omelette that I put uncooked in the fridge. Next morning, all I had to do was grab it and go. Once I was at work, I removed the lid, popped it in the microwave and cooked it.
An easy, tasty and nutritious breakfast.
If you like, you could probably make a batch of these up at the weekend, one for each workday and store them in the fridge until required.
These would not just be good for breakfast though – they would make a delicious lunch too.
This is an AIP stage 2 reintroduction recipe due to the whole eggs. When reintroducing foods on the AIP, I recommend this guide.
Omelette in a Jar
- 2 eggs – preferably pastured/free-range/organic
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 cooked rasher of bacon
- 1 cooked sliced mushroom
- 1 green onion – chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Whisk together the eggs and coconut milk. This can be done directly in your jar.
Crumble the bacon and add to the jar with the remaining ingredients and stir to mix.
If not cooking this immediately, seal with a mason jar lid and store in the fridge.
When you want to cook and eat your omelet, remove the lid and microwave for 1-2 minutes until cooked. I cooked it for 1 minute and then checked it at 15 second intervals. It took 1 minute and 45 seconds to cook mine in total, but the timing will really depend on your microwave.
Eat at once. Be warned, the outside of the jar does get hot.
I know some people are suspicious of using microwaves to cook or even reheat food, but there is really no need to avoid it when you need to.
There is not one single peer-reviewed scientific study that shows that microwaves are unsafe or that using one to cook/reheat your food makes your food unsafe.
In the Paleo Approach, Sarah Ballantyne, a scientist, published author and paleo blogger that I really respect, states that use of a microwave is safe and that there is no degradation of nutrients in the food, and that it could even be better than conventional cooking in some cases.
This agrees with Mark Sissons approach in this post on Marks Daily Apple, although he does conclude that it is better to use a microwave judiciously. If you can heat or cook your food in another way, it may be better to do so rather than using the microwave.
It seems as if the biggest danger to using a microwave is the container that you are cooking in – some plastics, unless they are labeled “Microwave safe” can leach undesirable chemicals into your food. The simplest way to deal with this is to not use plastic as a container when cooking in a microwave – Using a glass mason jar should not be a problem however.
As for the urban legend about microwaves being banned in certain countries, it is just that – an urban legend. Microwaves were only banned in Russia for a very short period in 1976, and not because of safety concerns. There is no country in the world today that currently bans microwaves.
The other reason I have heard cited is that it is not recommended that you heat a baby’s bottle in a microwave – the reason given for this is that it damages the milk in some unspecified way… This is not true. The reason they say not to heat the bottle in a microwave is because microwaves do not heat food evenly. This can cause hot spots in the milk which can result in serious burns to the baby’s mouth. It is a safety concern, not a nutritional or health concern.
Having said all this, I do prefer not to use a microwave if I can avoid it – I find it very easy to over-cook foods when using one, and this affects the taste and the texture. Also overcooking WILL result in fewer nutrients. It is not the fault of the microwave and is simply because the food is overcooked and that can destroy the vitamin content. This would happen if you overcooked the food using more conventional means as well.
But when I have no other choice – when at work for example, when the only means I have of reheating or cooking food is a microwave, I do not worry about using one.
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