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COVID-19 Lock Down Cooking Fun: ‘Maracas’ Scrambled Eggs!

Here’s a great way to get the kids involved in making a nutritious breakfast during the Lock Down and to burn off some of their excess energy at the same time. It requires no special equipment, it’s virtually fail-proof, and you probably have everything you need in your pantry already…

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Eggs? Is that safe?

Of course Eggs are safe. The great preponderance of the most-recent scientific studies have declared that Eggs are not only safe, but a great source of many important nutrients. And read my lips: experts agree that dietary cholesterol is not the primary source of serum, or blood cholesterol, which is really bad for your heart.

The bottom line? An Egg a day is okay (averaged across a given week).

What are Maracas Scrambled Eggs?

Simple. Just grab a clean Mason Jar (500 ml for up to 2 Eggs; full-size for a larger recipe such as a family-sized Omelet). Make sure the lid fits tightly, with a good seal to avoid leaks later.

Crack 2 fresh Large Eggs into the Jar and add a teaspoon or two of whatever inclusions you want: Onions, Sweet Peppers, Jalapeños, leftover Roast or Luncheon Meats, Fried or Roasted Potatoes; all cubed no larger than  1/2 in. / 1.25 cm.; and a good pinch of Salt and Pepper (to taste).

Screw the lid down onto the Jar tight, and shake for half a minute or more holding the Jar securely in both hands. A little Mariachi music in the background can only help.

Now, pour mixture into a well-greased microwave-proof glass or plastic container with a fairly loose lid. This is one application where Vegetable Oil Cooking Spray works very well, ensuring all interior surfaces of the cooking vessel get greased, and minimizing the amount of Oil used.For a larger recipe, as described above, pour mixture into a well-greased flat plastic or glass microwavable dish. ‘Pyrex’ and ‘Tupperware’ casseroles are great for this.

Close the lid and microwave on high for one minute.

After one minute, check and see if all the Egg mixture has cooked. If not, replace lid and mic for one more minute.

When all the Egg mixture has cooked, remove the cooking vessel lid and spoon the resulting fluffy, fragrant scrambled Eggs onto a plate or into a bowl, or into a Taco Shell. You can even use the resulting Scramble as the base for a quick Breakfast or Lunch Burrito.

Every piece of gear you use can go right into the dish washer.

My take

Even my 95-year-old Mom loves to help make these Eggs, and I’ve never had a failure. I’m not sure if it’s true or just a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I really believe that Eggs cooked this way are lighter, more fragrant and more flavourful than regular fried or baked Omelets or Scrambled Eggs. I put that down to the presence of the lid on the cooking vessel which holds in steam and aromatic compounds.

And remember: Eggs are not just for Breakfast anymore! Change up Lunch or supper with Maracas Scrambled Eggs soon!

~ Maggie J.