Futurama Inspired Bachelor Chow (+ Essence of Pure Flavor), Serves 1




Introduction: Futurama Inspired Bachelor Chow (+ Essence of Pure Flavor), Serves 1

Much like Fry from Futurama (or the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar), I've always wanted an easy, simple, healthy, dish which provides the majority of a day's nutritional requirements. Even better, it requires an absolutely bare minimum of utensils, prep, and dishes.

If you hate cooking, doing the dishes, or waiting, this is the recipe for you. The dish basically takes about 5 minutes to throw together - plus the time it cooks in the microwave.

I may have taken this "homecooked speed challenge" a little too literally.


  • Dishes
  • One wide soup bowl
  • One fork
  • Tools
  • A second fork
  • Knife
  • Microwave
  • Microwave dish cover (recommended, but not required)
  • Ingredients
  • 1 Large tortilla
  • 4 cups Baby spinach
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 can Black beans (~0.8 cups)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 slices Lunch meat (if desired)
  • 2 oz Cheese (I like cheddar)
  • 2 oz Sour cream (if desired)
  • Hot sauce
  • Essence of Pure Flavor (if desired)

I like to cut up the other half onion and put it in a tupperware in the fridge with the other half can of black beans. The next bowl of bachelor chow will be that much faster.

Serves 1.

Step 1: Put It Together & Nuke.

  • Put the tortilla in the soup bowl
  • Put stuff in
  • Pile as much baby spinach as you can tolerate and make a "well"
  • Add 1/2 a can or about 0.8 cups drained black beans
  • Add 1/2 a chopped onion (I used to use an entire onion until the family complained)
  • Add 3 eggs
  • Scramble with first fork
  • Top with lunch meat (if desired)
  • (Optional: Add whatever leftover veggies the kids didn't eat last night)
  • Nuke (microwave) the bowl for 6-7 minutes
  • The lunch meat and/or the eggs can splatter, but if you mix them well they probably won't
  • Still, since I don't like cleaning the microwave, I put a microwave dish cover on top

Step 2: Make Essence of Pure Flavor. (Optional)

While that's happening...

  • Make Essence of Pure Flavor (entirely optional)
  • I had been making this dish for months when my wife suggested adding seasoning. This quite literally had never occurred to me.
  • She uses paprika, oregano, turmeric, and seven spice when she makes eggs, so that's what I used.
  • I use the acronym "POTS" to remember. Add equal parts paprika, oregano, turmeric, and seven spice to the dish.
  • If you have an empty seasoning container your partner lovingly labels for you, store it in there.

Step 3: Stir. Cheese. Nuke.

  • Remove from microwave
  • Season with Essence of Flavor (if desired)
  • Use the first fork to mix it up
    • This step is necessary to make sure it cooks all the way through and not soupy at the end.
  • Add cheese (if desired)
  • Put microwave cover on top (probably not necessary, but again, I hate cleaning the microwave)
  • Nuke for 2 minutes

The spinach, onions, and veggies add a lot of moisture to the dish which makes it tend to cook unevenly. If you really wanted, you could probably get away with adding cheese and spice at the beginning and nuke everything extra long, but this hasn't that well for me.

Step 4: Eat.

  • Remove from microwave
  • Use second fork to add about 2 tablespoons of sour cream (if desired), then stir
  • I like adding hot sauce and avocado, if we have one
  • Eat

Step 5: Notes

This is a high protein, low sugar, lower-carb meal with the majority of the day's requirements for nutrients, calories, and dietary fiber. It's great if you're trying to cut back on carbs or trying intermittent fasting, since it's one really large meal.

When you're done eating, you have almost no dishes to clean. The tortilla keeps the egg from cooking into the dish, so there's no scrubbing. There's the soup bowl, one stirring fork, one eating fork, and a knife. The meal is something of a cross between a veggie omelet and a breakfast burrito.

The veggies, especially the spinach, give off a lot of moisture as they're heated up. This is why the second mix up / cook is necessary. If you don't mind extra steps, you could cook the tortilla and veggies together first, pour out any excess moisture, then add the eggs. You'll still want a mix up / cook at the end to make sure the eggs are cooked through - this might be slightly faster. Doing the way posted above will mean fewer steps.

My family would like you to know that using an entire onion makes the dish kinda smelly. It still tastes great, especially with hot sauce. My favorite hot sauce for this is Korean gochujang, but sriracha works really well too.

In order to try to make a "low carb" version of this dish I've tried replacing the tortilla with a low-carb tortilla (it got mushy), a large collard green leaf or layer of cooked spinach instead of the tortilla (it worked okay, but the egg got underneath it which made for more scrubbing of dishes), and a piece of parchment paper instead of the tortilla (which works very well, but a tortilla is more delicious).

The dish as above is:

  • 1070 calories
  • 70g protein
  • 80g carbohydrates
  • 52g fat
  • 20g dietary fiber
  • 5g sugars
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    9 months ago

    going to try this tonight. I like the minimal mess aspect of this dish.


    Reply 9 months ago

    Cool! Please let me know how it works for you.
    If you're willing to nuke it three times instead of just two, then you could nuke the veggies in the tortilla first to take more moisture out before adding the eggs. This makes it more like a scramble.


    9 months ago

    Have you ever tried it with just egg whites? Seems like it would be very similar but would significantly decrease the calories, fat, and cholesterol. If you remove the yolks you may need to add another egg to make up the volume.


    Reply 9 months ago

    I haven't tried just egg whites, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work well. :)


    9 months ago

    This looks awesome! My partner used to make something similar - I was always surprised how well a microwave can cook eggs :)


    Reply 9 months ago

    Thanks! It's shockingly delicious and easy. :)

    By the way, thank you for your posts on how to write an Instructable - I read them before I wrote this one.