Perfect Poached Eggs in 2 min

One of the hardest changes for us was finding time for simple things like breakfast.  Each morning has become a tightly choreographed routine and most of the dance is focused on feeding the little one.

I found my wife, Steph, reverting back to college living and eating bowls of cereal every morning, and then again for lunch and again at night before bed.  As you might guess, Steph is not into cooking. She can make amazing food if you give her a recipe. She’s got a great binder full of cookies, cupcakes, lasagna, chicken curry casseroles and more but those aren’t exactly quick bites she can throw together. …nor are they healthy.  So, I set about looking for healthy and filling alernatives to cereal.

Today’s recipe is for super simple microwaved poached eggs.  In the time it will take you to make toast you can have a delicious and healthy breakfast.

The recipe also has super simple clean up allowing us to get right back to chasing our Little Prince as he toddles around.

Step 1:

To make microwaved poached eggs you will need a coffee mug and an egg.  You can also make this with two eggs in a larger mug.  Cooking times will be tricker though (more on that below).  To be honest I usually  make one egg, remove it and then cook the second.  Maybe this is easier, or maybe I’m lazy, but I still finish cooking the eggs before the toast is done.


Step 2:

Fill the mug halfway with water.  Crack the egg open and add it to the water very carefully so that you do not break the yoke.  Add a pinch of salt, if desired.  I find doing so makes everything cook a bit more evenly.

This is also when I toss some bread into the toaster.  I like my poached eggs with rye bread.

I can hear your concerns about clean up now.  Don’t worry.  When it comes to clean up you will be thrilled to know that when you dump this water there is almost zero residue left behind in the mug.  A quick rinse, wipe of the inside and into the dishwasher it goes!


Step 3:

Place the mug into the microwave and cook on high.  The general rule of thumb is to cook your egg somewhere between 1 minute and 1 minute 30 seconds.  I find that 1:20 works great for my microwave.

This is where things can be a bit tricky.

If you don’t cook you egg long enough the whites will not have set.  If you cook for too long the egg will “pop” shooting water and egg goodness all over the inside of your microwave oven. This is when the simple clean up stops being simple.  Doh!

You may also try cooking for 2 min at 50 percent power.

This is really going to depend on a few factors such as the power of your microwave and the size of the eggs you buy.  I also cook using the cold filtered water that we keep in our fridge.

The first time you do this recipe you should be prepared for a potential mess so you might want to take this on after the little ones have gone to bed so you can experiment freely.  Once you know the cooking time for your set up, you will be able to replicate it time after time.


Round and a-round we go!

Step 4:

Using a slotted spoon or a large soup spoon carefully remove your egg from the water.  Drain off any excess moisture and place on a plate or small bowl.

This is also when I dump the water, refill and crack a second egg into the coffee mug. Back into the microwave it goes!

If you are going to cook two batches make sure you dump the old water and pour fresh into the mug.  Otherwise it will have a tendency to boil over due to the water already being hot.

I tossed a little basil chiffonade on top for pretty pictures, but you don’t need to do this.

Once the toast pops I cut it into strips and add to the bowl.  Usually the toast pops right before my second egg finishes cooking.

Step 5:

Add salt and pepper to taste. EAT!

I’m not a food photographer, but you get the idea.


2 eggs with a slice of rye toast (no butter).

  • Calories: 220
  • Total Fat: 11.5g
    • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 370mg
  • Sodium: 380mg
  • Total Carbs: about 15g depending on the bread you use
  • Protein: 14g

Perfect Poached Eggs

5-Point Harnessed High Chair! [VIDEO]

I purchased the Fisher Price Space-Saver High Chair for my son at around 12 months of age.  We live in a small Brooklyn apartment and do not have space for a standard high chair, and this one straps to one of our kitchen chairs, saving us a ton of space.  He had previously been using a much older version (about 11 years older, handed down to us by family,) that he was decidedly destroying at mealtimes.

This chair has been a life saver for us.  Mealtimes can be a headache, a mess and with the previous chair my son was able to literally rip it apart whenever he would get angry about the food I was insisting he eat.  This chair is solid.  The tray is solid too; it stays locked on and he can’t rip it off (yet…).

AND this high chair has a FIVE POINT HARNESS.  Which means he cannot get out of the chair!  It’s like strapping him into a stroller. The tray requires two hands to put it on and take it off, but that’s ok.  I will take that over having to pick it and all of my sons food off the floor.

Note from Dad/Jeff:  This seat was really easy to un-install and re-install from our kitchen chair when I needed to take photos of it for the website.  You can easily bring this highchair over to grandma’s, a restaurant, etc.

Maybe this is overkill, but for a kid who does his best to squirm out of every high chair he encounters (restaurant chairs and the ancient chairs owned by family being the main culprits here,) this one holds up against his tirades.

One thing I have not yet tested is how well the seat comes clean, and boy do I need to test this! [UPDATE BELOW] I do laundry once a week at the laundromat, it’s easy to forget the high chair as I am gathering and putting giant bags of laundry into a cart, and packing up my son with toys and lunch and anything else we might need for an afternoon at the laundromat, aaah… city life… In any case, I will update this review once I give the seat a wash.

5-Point-Harness and the chair fabric in need of a major scrub down.
5-Point-Harness and the chair fabric in need of a major scrub down.

I give the Fisher Price Space-Saver High Chair a 4 out of 5 stars because as a stay at home mom, who is feeding my son most of his meals, I have found this chair to perform great for us.  He can’t get out of it and he can’t rip the tray off, which is all that matters to a strung out Mommy! I will update this post once I wash the seat.

Update: Since writing the above review of this highchair, I have washed the seat cover twice.  The first time I sprayed the cover down with a stain remover shortly before washing and it came clean beautifully.  The second time I washed it I did not use the stain remover and it still came perfectly clean!  So I still stand by my originally rating.

The World’s Best Sippy Cup? [updated]

Want a sippy cup that doesn’t leak? I think we may have finally found it.  And, fingers crossed this time because we are about to lose our mind from leaks.

Imagine the scene:  Mom and dad in a heinous truckstop bathroom trying to change a poo-splosion diaper that’s barely clinging to the underside of The Little Prince.


Dad frantically digs in the diaper bag.

MOM:  “HURRY, I can’t contain this anymore.  The wipes have burst into flames!”

DAD: “I can’t FIND them!”

MOM:  “At the bottom!  Quickly, it’s like the BP Oil Spill over here!”

Dad finally connects with the clean pampers only to discover that they are already busily soaking up a leaking sippy cup.

DAD: “%*$H!T %Dh#R@F& $&!@$%”

This bring us to our review of the Munchkin Sesame Street Character Cup, we pray to you, o’ blessed vessel of water and toddler refreshment.

We love this because:

  1. Easy to assemble.
  2. It has a face, thus you can make it sing and dance if your are desperate.  If you have taken a long car ride you understand how helpful this can be!
  3. The lid and handles stay attached and don’t leak.
  4. Unlike some of the other cups we have tried, our little guy took to this straw right away. It may also be the first time he didn’t choke and water board himself.  The straw has a 1-way valve to prevent leaks and this seems to help control the flow of liquid.
  5. He loves the handles.  We have some other cups that leak when you use the handles.  Not the case here.
  6. BPA-free.
  7. Top rack dishwasher safe.

Some people have complained that the straw doesn’t have a cap.  Seriously?  We have not found this to be a problem. Even if it did have a cap, how long is that going to last before we lose it?  About 45 seconds.  Then two weeks later The Little Prince is going to find it under the couch and shove it in his mouth.  No cap?  Not a problem for me!  As listed above, the straw has a one-way valve and we have had zero issues with leaks; a cap would be excessive.

Now, is this really the PERFECT cup.  No.  Nothing is.  But so far these have brought some sanity to our lives.  We did have one leak incident, but that seemed to be our fault as we apparently didn’t put the lid on all the way.


Give these cups a try.  We think you will love them. Also, Amazon sells it as a two pack!


After several months of use, we are sadly finding this cup leaks more and more.  Particularly out of the straw when cold liquid is exposed to warmer air. It appears that the one way valve that prevented this at first is becoming looser and softer after repeated toddler abuse.

Here is a pro tip for sippy cups in general, if you fill a sippy cup with ice cold liquid and the cup gets warm it will create air pressure inside the cup.  Air has to get out and it will force it’s way out, often taking liquid with it. It’s like microwaving leftovers with the tupperware lip still locked.  It will heat up, pop the cover off and throw food everywhere in the process.

Preventing this is super easy.  Use room temp liquids or keep your cup cold.  This worked well when we were just filling Elmo with water.  But now that we are using cold milk out of the fridge we can watch it creep out of the top and dribble down the side as it begins to warm.

When we take “Elmo” on a walk in the blistering city heat we keep him in an insulated pouch surrounded by ice.  This seems to resolve the issue when traveling.  But sadly, it’s when we are at home and our son is carrying this cup around and it’s not in a little cooler, well… leaks happen.

It is no longer my favorite sippy cup due to the durability of the one way valve.  That said, our son loves it so much that we keep it in rotation.  It’s very easy to get him to drink out of this cup and that’s extremely helpful on days when he is being fussy.

Revised score is:  3 out of 5 stars.