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Frugal Recipes: Simple Desserts Cooked in the Microwave

N.B: It’s not yet too late to greet everyone a Happy New Year!! Here’s another gastronomic offering from one of my semi-regular contributors, Clare of My Passion For Food.  I’ve already tried creating the first recipe (the Chocolate Mug Cake) but I haven’t perfected the right taste of the cake yet. ):  Here’s how my mug cake looks like.

I’ve already done three batches but the results were the same. ):  You can see that my mug cake is dry and doesn’t taste right. ):

I think I need more batches to take on to get the perfect microwaved chocolate mug cake.

So, here are Clare’s Affordable and Simple Dessert Recipes that can be baked using a Microwave Oven.

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Sometimes we don’t have the time (or skills) to whip up a culinary masterpiece, but don’t worry! What if you could make easy and very tasty desserts in the microwave? Well you can!

Here are a couple of delicious desserts which will either make the perfect ending to a divine meal or can just be eaten as a snack!

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (1 serving)

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Ingredients:
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp chocolate chips
1 drop vanilla extract

Method:
1.    Mix the dry ingredients in a large, microwave-safe mug. Add the egg and mix well.
2.    Pour in the milk and oil and mix well again.
3.    Add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract and mix well again.
4.    Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
5.    Allow to cool for a while and then either eat from the mug or tip it onto a plate.

Note: The mixture will rise over the top of the mug so don’t be surprised!

Microwave sponge pudding (4 servings)

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Ingredients:
50g (2oz) butter
50g (2oz) caster sugar
50g (2oz) self raising flour
1 medium egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp jam or syrup

Method:
1.    In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
2.    Slowly mix in the egg and milk so the butter does not curdle.
3.    Sift in the flour and gently fold in.
4.    Put 2tbsp of golden syrup, treacle or jam in the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl. Pour the batter on top.
5.    Cover and cook for 3.5 minutes in the microwave on full power or until the pudding appears set and the top is sticky.
6.    Serve hot.

About the Guest Author

Clare Carmichael is the blogger behind My Passion For Food and HungryHouse, the UK’s leading online takeaway platform that features restaurants across the country including Glasgow, Brighton and Nottingham. Just visit the website and order delicious cuisines such as Thai, Chinese and Italian.

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Frugal Recipe: GAPS Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Note: Aside from the fact that this recipe is budget-friendly, this is also very healthy as 1 cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash only contains 42 calories, too low compared to a cup of cooked pasta which contains 221 calories.  This is a great alternative if you are maintaining a low-calorie diet.

One of the newest crazes to run through the dietary world is the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (or GAPS) meal plan. This comprehensive diet seeks to alleviate physical complications with digesting food while at the same time increasing mental output with key nutrition. Persons on the GAPS diet have claimed that their food sensitivities and intolerance have slowed down or even reversed once they begin to adhere to the protocols of the diet. You can make a quality GAPS spaghetti squash pasta and then store it securely if you are looking for a taste bud-friendly recipe in their diet litany.

Since spaghetti tends to be a family food, with recipes that can be simple or complex, staying true to family lore or seeking new experiments to jazz up the status quo, there are many ways to get your ideal spaghetti squash pasta to taste just like the real thing. In fact, you can create the squash pasta and sauce separately, freeze either one, and simply heat it up whenever you are in the mood for a fast and tasty dinner.

Begin with a medium sized spaghetti squash, cut in half with the seeds removed (you can keep the seeds for baking or flavoring). Bake the two sides for about thirty minutes until the noodles are a bit crunchy but not too brittle. Melt four tablespoons of butter over medium heat and sauté one onion (yellow, white, or red) and a bell pepper for a minute. Add any ground meat you prefer, beef or pork or turkey, but not tofu. Add three and a half cups crushed tomatoes, lower the heat, and bring the sauce mix to a simmer. Put in Italian seasoning and salt to taste.

Scrape out the cooked spaghetti squash into a large bowl and mix in two tablespoons of tomato paste with three cloves of garlic. You can either combine noodles and sauce to make a meal, or put store one or both for future meals. The sauce will keep for two to three weeks in a sealed container when refrigerated, but the noodles will dry out in about a week or so. Both can be frozen for up to one year without worry, but the sauce will need to be thoroughly defrosted if it is put in a freezer.

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About the Guest Author

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