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Heidi Shaffer, Published October 17 2012

Thursday review: Gadget offers quick, healthy breakfast

FARGO – In my busy life, a healthy breakfast is often the first of my morning rituals to go.

When my sister clued me in on her new favorite breakfast gadget that had her and her three young kids getting out the door faster, I dropped by my neighborhood Target that very day to pick one up for myself.

Nordic Ware’s Microwave Eggs ’n Muffin Breakfast Pan has made breakfast a priority again.

In the time it takes to pull out a frying pan, spray with olive oil and heat it up, my eggs are cooked via the microwave into a perfect patty, and the heavy-duty plastic Nordic Ware pan is in the dishwasher.

I originally scoffed at the idea of microwave eggs; let’s be honest, they sound really gross. But a quick scramble and about 45 seconds in the microwave produces creamy, fluffy results.

Simply spritz the bottom of the pan with some non-stick spray and add an egg or two, bacon, ham or even veggies. Give it a quick scramble, and put it in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds.

I top my eggs with some cheese, avocado or fresh herbs and enjoy with a slice of whole-wheat toast (which takes longer to make than the eggs). You can also pair the egg patty with an English muffin for an at-home, less fast-food version of an Egg McMuffin.

The plastic pan is BPA- and melamine-free, according to the NordicWare website.

I bought mine for less than $5 at Target, but it can also be ordered straight from www.NordicWare.com.

Bottom line: Despite my skepticism over microwaved eggs, this gadget is my go-to for a protein-packed breakfast in less than a minute.