Introduction: A Good, Quick Breakfast for the Single Guy

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Single guys may skip breakfast, or grab something at a drive-up fast food place.  Here is a delicious, quick, inexpensive alternative.

I am not single, but my wife often travels without me.  The photo shows my favorite breakfast: an English muffin with orange marmalade, crisp bacon, hot tea, and a scrambled egg cooked with cheddar cheese and minced onion.

Most of these things are cooked in a microwave in just a few minutes. The muffin is cooked in a toaster. Although I most often eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, this breakfast keeps me from feeling hungry mid-morning, and that keeps me from snacking on candy.  A very small number of dishes are used, so clean-up is easy.  

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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These are the basic supplies I used.  
-Coffee cup and tea bag
-Paper towel
-Marmalade (low sugar)
-Salt & Pepper
-Cheddar cheese and knife
-English muffin

Items missing from the photo are: dried minced onions, a paper napkin, a dinner plate, butter knife, a common fork, the microwave, and a toaster.

Step 2: Bacon

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It is good if all of the things that should be hot when finished are hot.  That means planning what is cooked in what order.  

I began with the bacon.  It cools quickly after cooking and is just as good at room temperature as "hot."

 Pull a square of paper toweling from the roll.  Place one piece of bacon at one end.  Fold the towel over twice and add a second piece of bacon.  (Second photo)  Fold twice more until the rest of the toweling is wrapped around the bacon.  Place it onto a dinner plate.  (Third photo)  Cook in the microwave on high power in 20 second bursts.  Allow a few seconds before the next burst by waiting until the sizzle sound stops.  Periodically pull the plate out of the microwave and unfold some of the paper towel to check the cooking progress. (Fourth photo)  Most of the grease will be absorbed into the toweling, and the bacon will be cooked to a crisp perfection when done.  In nine bursts of 20 seconds my bacon was done the way I like it.  In the fourth photo you can also see how little grease is left on the plate.  Most of what grease there is can be wiped up with what is left of the paper toweling.  Throw the paper toweling into the trash.  The plate can be used for serving the breakfast.  This helps minimize the clean-up.  

Step 3: Muffin and Tea

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Put the English muffin into the toaster and the tea into the microwave.  When the tea is done, preparation for the egg will be done.  (I gave up coffee a few years ago because it bothered my stomach, and switched to tea.)

Prepare the tea.  We have a water filtering pitcher in our refrigerator.  I pour cold water from it into a cup and put a tea bag into the cup. Put the cup into the microwave for 2 minutes.  

Step 4: Egg

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Use the time while the tea is heating to prepare the egg for cooking.

I cracked the egg and put it into the dish.  Try to avoid dripping raw egg onto any counter surfaces.  Wash your hands frequently when dealing with raw egg.  Single guys do not need to be rushed to a hospital.  

I am using a piece of sharp cheddar cheese to break the yolk. I decided to add a bit more cheese than what is shown here.  Few things are better than the combination of egg, cheddar cheese, and onion. Sprinkle the egg with dried minced onions according to taste. Add some black pepper and a little salt. Add about a teaspoon of water. It is paradoxical, but milk added to eggs causes watery scrambled eggs, but water added to eggs makes scrambled eggs that are not watery.

Just before placing the dish into the microwave I like to stir the mixture with a common fork. I do not want raw egg on the counter and cannot put the fork into the microwave, so I rest the fork on a paper napkin near the microwave. Cook on high power in 9 to 12 second bursts. At the end of each burst, remove the dish from the microwave and stir with the fork.

The problem is that the fork has raw egg on it. When the egg is nearly fully cooked I submerge the fork in the egg. Eggs are famous for continuing to cook after the heat source is removed. The hot egg cooks what raw egg residue is left on the fork. (See again the photo in the Introduction.)


Step 5: Time to Eat

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Add marmalade to the muffin and enjoy.  Only a little uncooked egg was on the paper napkin.  I folded it to the inside and used the napkin.  

Someone will surely object that this breakfast is high in fat and high in cholesterol.  Last summer I began to try The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise.  In some of his on-line things through FaceBook he cited information from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that dietary sugar causes hypertension and high cholesterol, not eggs and bacon.  Similar findings are available through Dr. Oz' web site and through his television show.  After four months of trying it out I had my annual physical. The blood work showed improvements in my cholesterol and triglycerides with very good readings in both.   

Step 6: Clean-up

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If you dripped any raw egg onto a counter surface, rubbing alcohol makes a good germ killer.  I pour a little on the counter surface and spread it out with my hand.  I let it evaporate and dry.  It is unlikely anything in the raw egg will survive the alcohol.  

Put the dishes into your sink.  Fill the dish in which you cooked the egg with water and let it soak.  A few hours later the egg will be softened and will come right out with running water and a very light scouring.  

You just had a very good breakfast.  It was tasty and will keep you working well without a mid-morning let down.  You will not be reaching for a doughnut or candy at 10:45 AM.  It did not cost you an arm and a leg, and clean-up was minimal, as well as easy.  What could be better for the single guy?


ArtisanEclectic (author)2016-06-09

This single guy thanks you. sir.

Phil B (author)ArtisanEclectic2016-06-09

You are welcome. As Red Green, the Canadian humorist, says, "We're all in this together!"

pennyfarthing (author)2012-12-09

Bacon & eggs is such a small pleasure that if one has to live without such a relatively small pleasure in life .... why bother living? I have inherited high cholesterol & I usually eat food with a low or no cholesterol, but by good luck rather than any management.

I've been really craving the bacon & eggs lately, so decided to check out the microwavable version. After reading some of these comments, I decided to reply.
If I was craving bacon & eggs & didn't eat it just because of high cholesterol , I'd wonder why I needed to live for so much longer that I had to go without one of life's small pleasures. I'd rather die a little sooner but happy and satisfied, than die healthy having missed out on life's small pleasures! Yes, I have inherited high cholesterol ... & that is without eating cholesterol high foods. I'm off to cook up some bacon & eggs right now! :-)

Phil B (author)pennyfarthing2012-12-09

Look at my responses to comments below. One of them contains links to three videos from the Dr. Oz TV program in which he makes the case that sugar, not bacon and eggs, is responsible for high cholesterol. He is indebted to Jorge Cruise (spelling?) on that. I began to follow Jorge's diet plan without telling my doctor and expected lots of harangue at my next physical. But, when the bloodwork came back, my cholesterol was just fine, despite the bacon and eggs, etc. But, I had cut way back on sugar.

Wyrguy (author)2011-07-24

I like you're 'Instructable'... but microwaving tea? That's 'Blasphemy' where I come from... (England/Wales background) hahaha! All's good if you like it that way.

kirbycrafter73 (author)Wyrguy2011-08-01

he microwaved tea!(from england) meh if he likes it no problem

unaffiliatedperson (author)2011-05-27

anyone got suggestions to tweak this for a breakfast in bed for a lady after a long night?

Roflolommo (author)2011-05-25

Sorry man but I think we just became enemies. you can't microwave bacon! Thats like drinking expensive champagne mixed with coke!

Phil B (author)Roflolommo2011-05-26

Come with me over to the dark side.

Iyer2711 (author)2011-04-25

You get 5 stars for being this nice. One usually tends to neglect their morning things... you made your instructible sound like something "You MUST have because it IS so easy, dummy, so go for it!!!!" :) Don't know if I am now a convert, but thanks :)

Phil B (author)Iyer27112011-04-25

Thanks for looking. Mostly I wanted to share how I make eggs I just love.

vincent7520 (author)2011-04-21

CHOLESTEROL ! Here I come !…
Maybe your annual physical results showed well … but you maybe one of those lucky guys who'll never have any problem with cholesterol ; or you are breakfasting your cholesterol credit to a fester rate than you should.
Be happy though, as the cholesterol intake counts for only 25% for the total we have (75% being made by the liver) you may be one of the happy few… 
Read this : HAPPY FEW…
I'm jealous : I'm not in the gang and I LOVE bacon and eggs … )

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-21

Actually, my cholesterol has always been borderline high (240). My doctor put me on a statin, but it did not really get down where it should be (nicely below 200) until I greatly reduced sugar in my diet. At the same time I began to snack on cheese and eat more meat. So, I am not one of the lucky few by birth of whom you speak. Do some reading on the relationship between cholesterol, hypertension, and sugar. Dr. Oz has some things to get you thinking.

vincent7520 (author)Phil B2011-04-22

Nice then ! …
Do you have any title from Dr. Oz I could read (I'm not from the US and browsing through all the wizards of Oz on google is something I would gladly avoid !∞)
Have a nice week end.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

I had links to some good things you would find helpful, but may have discarded them. I did find this 7 minute video as a starter. I will do some further looking and get back to you with the things I am trying to find, if I can.

vincent7520 (author)Phil B2011-04-22

I just had a quick browse over the material you attached… Says a lot ! …
Maybe it also explains the slight increase of weight I had lately (ah ! … sugar !…)

Anyway thank you so much, Phil, for taking the time to probe in your files and pass all these informations. Very informative, opens a whole new perspective to me … 

Wish you a great week end.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

My experience is that reducing sugar intake can be a challenge, especially at the start. Stevia and Truvia are acceptable sugar substitutes in cooking. Cruise's "Belly Fat Cure" book has some good recipes that fall into the sugar/carbohydrate limits for daily intake. Learn to read food labels. In time the transition is not difficult. When you crave chocolate, a little dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is OK, just do not eat the whole bar in one sitting. If you can get it, try using almond milk in place of cow's milk. Reducing carbohydrates ("slow sugars" in reality) to the level Jorge Cruise asks is probably more difficult. Cruise does not ask you to exercise, but my experience says some aerobic exercise is necessary to limit plateaus in weight loss. Also, my rate of weight loss was less per week than the amount advertised. A blessed Easter to you.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

Oops! I thought the article below was from JAMA, but it merely has their logo attached along with the logo of several other organisations. The article is brief, but interesting.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

Here is the JAMA article I wanted to link. It is about cheese, meat, and eggs NOT being the cause of cholesterol.  You may not be able to print it directly, but can probably enlarge it in your browser so that you can read it.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

In addition to the video (linked below in my previous response) this short article makes reference to some of the basic research implicating sugar. The last lines of the article are interesting. In recent decades people have reduced intake of meat and dairy products, but cholesterol continues to be a problem. At the same time, sugar consumption has increased.  At the bottom of that page is a link to an article on eggs and cholesterol.  Back about October 2010 Dr. Oz' TV program did a segment on sugar's connection to high blood pressure, cholesterol, and so on.  It was divided into three videos, and it is the links to those videos that I am especially trying to find for you.  Information in the things I have already linked are similar, though.  I do not know about France, but in the USA extra sugar is in almost everything. 

vincent7520 (author)Phil B2011-04-22

This is so nice of you !…
Thank you very much.
As soon as I can I'll read and watch them
(right now i'm starting my office afternoon… and it's casual friday in the attire only ! LOL)

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

Thank you. I am glad to help. It was also good for me to realize I need to archive those video links more permanently than I had done. I confess, though, there are too many times when I push aside what I know about sugar and consume way too much of it in tempting things.

Phil B (author)vincent75202011-04-22

Here are the three video links from the Dr. Oz TV program last fall: part 1, part 2, part 3.  There is a short article I want to find, yet, too.  I will link it if and when I can find it.

thepelton (author)vincent75202011-04-22

I was told my cholesterol was too high. I have been making my breakfast for the most part as a bowl of oatmeal with a little sugar for taste, and no milk. I have been doing that most of the time for the last five years, except when I run out of oatmeal. Bacon and Eggs both contain a lot of cholesterol of the bad variety.

Phil B (author)thepelton2011-04-22

As for bacon and eggs containing bad cholesterol, check some of the videos and articles I linked. One notes there is a difference between what is in the egg and what the body does with the egg. The things I linked also make a good case that bacon and eggs are not the cause of high blood cholesterol, but sugar is. Oatmeal does get good reviews on cholesterol. Take a look at almond milk or soy milk. Cow's milk contains more sugar than you would suspect.

Bosun Rick (author)2011-04-22

As a Cardiac patient, I had to start watching my cholesterol, No more Bacon for me (bummer), but HAM is basically '0' Cholesterol, and '0' fats. Thinly sliced ham will work just as well as bacon fro a meat item. Just not quite as much flavor,, but spices can take care of that. I'm not sure, but what about 'Bacon Bits' type salad sprinkles for a little baconey flavor? Haven't tried that, but maybe tomorrow................???

scoochmaroo (author)2011-04-21

Rubbing alcohol is a great tip. I learned to use a bleach solution in a spray bottle, but I never want to do that because I'm messy and end up bleaching everything in sight, including my clothes.

I'm definitely going to try cooking my eggs in a microwave now. I generally have no interest in breakfast in the morning, let alone cleaning up afterwards, but I do need to get more protein in the morning. Mr. B, I think this is just the thing!

Phil B (author)scoochmaroo2011-04-21

Congratulations on your recent marriage. I am a parish pastor by day and a writer of Instructables by night. One of the best things I ever saw about marriage is that little gestures (a smile, helping without being asked, a touch, a kind word, etc.) can often make big differences in the climate of things when they are tense. They do become tense for everyone at sometime or other. Another good thing to practice is that whatever happens in the first four minutes when you are together in the morning or again at the end of the day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Keep those few minutes as positive as possible.

I apologize for all of the advice you did not request.

My wife likes the microwave settings that pulse themselves. I like to set cooking bursts manually. I can check on the cooking progress when I want to do so. It is possible to cook two eggs in the way I described. You would probably do that in one dish and then ladle out individual servings, assuming the two of you eat breakfast together.

My favorite cheese is Tillamook sharp cheddar. It is made in Oregon, but I am assuming is is also available in San Francisco, since it is available in Idaho. After a few bursts in the microwave the cheese is beginning to melt and stir into the egg, even though I do not shred it. It is your choice.

Thank you for trying this. Anyone can add their own seasoning variations. I just happen to love the combination of onion and cheese cooked together with egg.

I made it again today. This is Holy Week. My wife is gone to see our grandchild. I have a service with a sermon tonight and the same tomorrow night. She returns Saturday evening. Then I have three services with two separate sermons and a Bible class on Sunday. A breakfast like this is a good start for days like these.

scoochmaroo (author)2011-04-21

OK, yes, I just made an egg this way. (No bacon or toast on hand) I used grated cheese and steak seasoning. It took about 1 1/2 minutes to cook. This is my new breakfast! Off to the shop to get some bacon!

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