Everybody hates to admit it but most of us love the cheats way out and use a microwave.
Christine Byrne looks at some of the more outstanding things you can cook in a microwave. Not a ready meal in sight!
1. Microwave Risotto
So much easier than standing over a stove, “stirring constantly.” Check out THREE awesome recipes here.
2. Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie
Not only is this the fastest way to feed a homemade cookie craving, it’s also the onlyway to make homemade cookies without running the risk of eating a dozen in one sitting. Recipe here.
3. Bacon in the Microwave
No more scrubbing bacon grease off of your favorite skillet. Instructions here.
4. Gluten-Free Microwave Enchiladas
You can also make these gluten-filled by using regular tortillas, if you’d prefer. Either way, the whole thing will take 10 minutes. Recipe here.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
The thing about mug cakes is that it’s really hard to share. Oops. Recipe here.
7. Vegan, Grain-Free Microwave English Muffin
All about those nukes and crannies! Recipe here.
9. Nutella Mug Cake
Only slightly more difficult than spooning Nutella straight from the jar to your mouth. Recipe here.
10. Microwave Egg White and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
11. Roasted Garlic in the Microwave
Because roasted garlic makes EVERY dish better, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience. Recipe here.
13. Microwave Lemon Bars
Coming soon to a bake sale near you. Like, very near you. The nearest. Because you will bring them. Recipe here.
14. Sour Cream and Onion Microwave Veggie Chips
Satisfy that snack craving ASAP. Recipe here.
15. Microwave-Baked Sweet Potato
Much faster than the hour (or more!) it takes to roast a sweet potato in the oven, with a very similar result. Recipe here.
16. Microwave Ropa Vieja
This classic beef dish is seriously impressive. Recipe here.
17. One-Minute Vegan Coffee Cake
Fresher than anything you could pick up on your way to work. Recipe here.
19. Microwave Scrambled Eggs
By taking the eggs out to stir every 45 seconds, you get eggs that are soft and delicious, not gummy and dense. Recipe here.
20. Microwave Mason Jar Pancakes
Bring a Mason jar of pancake batter to work in the morning, then nuke it in your office microwave for a big pancake breakfast! Recipe here.
22. Microwave Cinnamon Roll
Homemade cinnamon rolls are actually sort of a pain, since most call for yeast and thus require lots of waiting (ugh). This one comes together in a matter of minutes! Recipe here.
23. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
Easier than Easy Mac! Well, maybe not, but probably better. Recipe here.
24. Microwave Lemon-Horseradish Sole
I won’t tell anybody how you did it. They certainly won’t guess. Recipe here.
27. Microwave Salmon en Papillote
Cooking fish en papillote (in parchment paper) in the oven is easy, but this brings things to a whole new level. Recipe here.
28. Microwave Chicken Penne Al Fresco
The chicken in this recipe is pre-cooked, but the pasta gets cooked in the microwave in a delicious mix of broth and tomatoes, then the cheese and chicken get stirred in at the end. Recipe here.
29. Microwave-Baked Apples in a Bag
Easy as pie. Much easier, actually. Recipe here.
31. Toasted Nuts in the Microwave
Toasting nuts in a skillet is pretty labor-intensive, and they never seem to brown evenly. And using an oven is risky, because if you let them go a minute too long, they’re burnt and bitter. The microwave is an easy, foolproof alternative. Instructionshere.
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