Chocolate Chip (Vegan) Muffin In A Mug Recipe

After seeing an awesome recipe for a blueberry muffin in a mug, I made a few changes both for what I had in the pantry, and for my dairy-free/lactose-intolerant self (ended up vegan too). The muffin was indeed, tasty and delicious.

Also lighter fare (a good thing) than the chocolate cake in a mug I have made several times in the past, but which seems to feel pretty heavy in my stomach. The mug muffin was nice and light.

muffin-in-a-mugYum.

 On to the recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour (I used 50% whole wheat, 50% white flour)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (brown sugar was used in the original recipe)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (personally, I just tapped a bit in the mug)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (also just a few taps into the mug)
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut (palm) oil (other oils would also work)
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk (soy or regular milk would probably be just fine)
  • 1-2 Tbsp [vegan] chocolate chips (mmm…)
  • 1-2 drops of vanilla [optional]
  • Microwave and mug of course

Directions

  • Mix together dry ingredients in a microwave safe mug.
  • Add in the coconut oil (or other oil presumably would work fine), and mix by hand (I tried with a spoon and it’s unfortunately just a bit too sticky).
  • Stir in the almond milk and vanilla
  • Dump in the chocolate chips (or your selected muffin favorite) and mix together
  • Microwave on high for 90 seconds.

Heads up! The muffin was decidedly small for me — mine was only around an inch tall, even after rising in the microwave. Adjust the recipe and timing as needed for your appetite, and enjoy!

Simple and Easy Korean BBQ (bul gogi) on the Grill

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Korean BBQ such as bul gogi (bul go gi, bulgogi etc…) is a super easy sweet and salty marinade that anyone can do, and it tastes ridiculously good. My family favorite recipe is below, so please indulge and let me know what you think in the comments!

Bul-gogi Recipe

2 lbs round roast (beef), sliced very thin (sandwich meat thin, around 1/16th – 1/8th an inch), have the meat guy/gal do this for you. Better beef works as well. Asian markets often have beef pre-sliced, which will make it a bit easier.
5 cloves of garlic (big cloves)
1/2 large sweet onion, or 1 small sweet onion [optional]
1/2 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon sesame oil [optional]
A dash of salt — the soy sauce is already salty, so not a required ingredient.

Directions:

Ready a container that will fit your beef and some extra liquid from the marinade. I typically will use a Pyrex container, since glass does not hold on to smells like plastic. A gallon (or two) ziplock bag will work too, just make sure to stand it up in the fridge so it doesn’t spill everywhere.

Chop up onion and garlic (no need for perfect chopping, it’s just for the marinade!). Mix in Coca-Cola, soy sauce, brown sugar, pepper, sesame oil and salt. Place your sliced up beef in the marinade, and place in fridge overnight, or for several hours (all day at the least — 12+ hours preferable).

Grill meat for a short period, it does not take long to grill the thinly sliced beef. Broiling will also work. Personally, I prefer a nice char on at least part of the meat since that char just tastes so good.

Serve alone (meat is meat!), or with white or brown rice and some Korean seaweed (dried, salted and oiled seaweed) and enjoy. I typically will buy a jar of kimchi to serve as a side, along with some in-season fruit to balance all that greasy (tasty) meat, but that is of course all up to you.