This may sound like a strange title for a blog post. I agree, it is. I know, I know, Ziploc has been a “wonder” for a really long time. Where have I been? EVERYBODY has them in their pantries and in a drawer at work. We all know that they come in a myriad of sizes for various uses. We’ve seen them mentioned like a mantra on TV shows such as Top Chef. (Because they are a sponsor.) But the particular Ziploc that I really want to talk about is the Ziploc Zip ‘N Steam Bag. Have you seen these beauties?!
The craziest part about these is that they are for 100% microwave cooking. (Which to me isn’t cooking at all, it’s MICROWAVING!!!) ANYBODY can do this. And let me tell you, the recipes offered by Ziploc (and Glad) are DELICIOUS! I don’t even have to mention that the majority of them are incredibly healthy because we’re steaming our ingredients. Then there’s always my absolutely favorite part – NO DISHES! HA! Everybody wins.
Ziploc Zip ‘N Steam baggies come in two different sizes, Medium and Large. Medium hold 2-3 servings and Large holds 3-5 servings. I’m not certain how available these bags are in your market. I’ve only found the Medium sized bags at select stores in my area. If you can’t locate Ziploc Zip ‘N Steam Bags, look for Glad Simply Cooking Microwave Steaming Bags. They are pretty much identical with the Glad bags being a little smaller in size.
Ziploc is kind enough to give us a webpage full of recipes that are quick, tasty and uncomplicated. Many of them gave me ideas on ways to use the bags and then get as fancy as I liked. It’s just that easy. Glad also has some top notch gourmet recipes available on their “Steamy Chefs Calendar“. (Great food and a pretty calendar all for free!)
These bags are probably best used for healthy breakfasts and lunches away from home. You can’t always guarantee that there will be a stove available, but most offices and schools offer microwaves for free use. You can pack your leftovers from that amazing restaurant dinner the night before, or pack a fresh, uncooked chicken breast with beans spinach and spices for a very quick, very light lunch that will make your coworkers envious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “what are you making?” while heating up my morning omelet. And it’s always as good as it smells.
Ham & Cheese Omelet
2 egg whites
3 slices Canadian Bacon, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 Tbsp salsa (your favorite brand)
1 tsp Chohlula (optional)
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
Combine all ingredients in a Medium Zip ‘N Steam bag. Squeeze bag to break yolk and combine ingredients. Microwave for 2.5 – 3 minutes or until contents are solid. Rest for 1 minute in the bag. Empty onto a plate and enjoy!
Yields 1 omelet.