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18 Things You Didn't Know You Could Cook in Your Microwave — and 3 Crazy Things You Have to Try

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Be a microwave chef and zap your way to these surprising culinary delights

Jane Bruce

How to Rock Your Microwave and learn how to be a microwave chef and zap your way to these surprising culinary delights

Most of us tend to think of our microwave as a simple yet convenient tool for defrosting, reheating leftovers, or popping popcorn, but the microwave is actually capable of so much more. You can actually cook with it.

When we say you can make a real meal in your microwave, don’t let your mind wander to the frozen aisle of the grocery store where all those frosty, uninteresting TV dinners lie; instead think chicken fajitas, scrambled eggs, and cake. Cake!

The key is in understanding the power settings and cooking time required for different vegetables and proteins. By correctly using the settings you can achieve even the fanciest of poached fish dishes, perfectly steamed vegetables, and pickles (yeah, I said pickles) in a fraction of the standard preparation time.

Check out these dishes you didn’t know you could make in the microwave… and if you are feeling adventurous, don’t miss the last three slides of this roundup — crazy cool recipes you just have to try.

18 Things You Didn't Know You Could Cook in Your Microwave — and 3 Crazy Things You Have to Try

Jane Bruce

How to Rock Your Microwave and learn how to be a microwave chef and zap your way to these surprising culinary delights

Most of us tend to think of our microwave as a simple yet convenient tool for defrosting, reheating leftovers, or popping popcorn, but the microwave is actually capable of so much more. You can actually cook with it.

When we say you can make a real meal in your microwave, don’t let your mind wander to the frozen aisle of the grocery store where all those frosty, uninteresting TV dinners lie; instead think chicken fajitas, scrambled eggs, and cake. By correctly using the settings you can achieve even the fanciest of poached fish dishes, perfectly steamed vegetables, and pickles (yeah, I said pickles) in a fraction of the standard preparation time.

Check out these dishes you didn’t know you could make in the microwave… and if you are feeling adventurous, don’t miss the last three slides of this roundup — crazy cool recipes you just have to try.

Boiled Eggs

Chicken Fajitas

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Chilaquiles

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Enchiladas

Jane Bruce

Click here to see the Vegetarian Enchiladas recipe.

A simple enchilada recipe can be easily converted for the microwave. Use this vegetarian enchilada recipe as a guide and do the following:

Place chopped onion in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap; microwave for one minute until tender. In a separate bowl, microwave sliced mushrooms, covered with plastic wrap, for two minutes until tender, stirring halfway through. Then, mix the onions and mushrooms with canned corn, beans, and half the jar of enchilada sauce. Scoop the mixture into tortillas, roll them up, and place in a microwave-safe pan. Pour the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas, and microwave uncovered for six minutes or until heated through. Add the cheese and microwave until melted, about two minutes.

Lasagna

Jane Bruce

Click here to see the Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna recipe.

Use this vegetarian lasagna recipe as a starting point, but replace the regular lasagna noodles with no-boil ones. Mix the vegetables with the ricotta and a quarter-cup of mozzarella. Assemble in a microwave-safe dish according to the recipe instructions, cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap, and microwave for 15 to 20 minutes, until the noodles are tender. Let the lasagna stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Mac and Cheese

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Meatloaf

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For the Meatloaf recipe, click here.

We know it sounds strange, but this meatloaf in a mug will satisfy those comfort food cravings and can be made in fewer than 10 minutes. Just make sure that your ground meat mixture hits an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for food safety reasons.

Mochi

Jane Bruce

Omelette

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Potato Chips

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Rice

Will Budiaman

Cooking perfect rice in the microwave can be done in half the time it takes on the stove. The basic cooking principles are the same as for cooking rice on the stove, with the ideal water-to-rice ratio being about two-to-one, water to rice. Simply add water and rice to large, microwave-safe bowl and then microwave, uncovered, for nine to 10 minutes, or under tender.

Salmon

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But you just have to try these microwave recipes…

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Dried Herbs

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To turn your microwave oven into a simple dehydrator to make your own dried herbs, lower the power settings to 500 watts or less; this will gently draw the water out of your herbs, drying them and preserving their flavor.

Pickles

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34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!


34 Surprisingly Delicious Things You Can Make in a Microwave

The microwave is often relegated to being the simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we’re not going to say it’s also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s no convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings.

In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: They’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

Skeptical? We’ve put together a list of absolutely delicious meals — breakfast, snacks, dinner, and dessert — that will quickly make you forget all the disappointing, soggy pizza and rubbery leftover meat of the past.

1. Strawberry microwave breakfast bowl

Buckwheat groats there are a terrific source of complete protein and a great substitute for plain old oatmeal. This gluten-free breakfast combines oats, flax meal, and applesauce with fiber-rich buckwheat for a delicious and healthful dish. Oksana S, et al. (2016). The Contribution of Buckwheat Genetic Resources to Health and Dietary Diversity. DOI: 10.2174/1389202917666160202215425

2. Crispy microwave bacon

This method doesn’t use paper towels. The secret to crispy bacon is heating the slices on top of an overturned bowl on a saucer so the rendered fat drips down the sides of the bowl. Bye, bye, soggy bacon.

3. 10-minute cheesy vegetable quiche with cauliflower crust

Instead of a pastry crust, this version uses cauliflower (which also makes an awesome pizza crust). This might just be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast!

4. Miracle microwave poached eggs

Ah, poached eggs. We love them, but we’d never make them at home. The traditional method requires boiling water, using just enough salt and vinegar, keeping the water swirling at the right speed, and cracking the egg the right way.

It’s easy to screw up. But the trusty microwave can change all that: All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, hot water, and a little salt and vinegar (and an egg, of course). A short zap later, you’ll have the perfect topper for any healthier breakfast sandwich.

5. Cinnamon-maple breakfast quinoa

This healthy breakfast imbues quinoa with a creamy, cinnamony quality, delivering a protein-packed, high-fiber breakfast that tastes like a pancake in a bowl.

6. Microwaved scrambled eggs

Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl, scramble with a fork, and microwave in 30-second increments until cooked through, stirring each time, until they’re just the way you like ’em. Ta-da — you’ve got scrambled eggs!

We love to serve salsa on the side.

7. Microwave sweet potato chips

A mandoline (no, not the musical instrument, the slicer) is the key to getting super-thin chips to crisp up in the microwave. Topped with rosemary and sea salt, these look totally pro. And they’re a great excuse to whip up some healthy dips.

8. Microwave potato chips

Few people would put “crispy” and “microwave” in the same sentence, but crispy nuked potato chips are A Thing, and they use far less oil than a package of Lay’s. These are surprisingly simple to make, and they’ll continue to crisp as they cool.

9. Toasted nuts

Toasting nuts releases their oils, giving them that oh-so-fragrant scent. But heating up the whole oven for a pan of nuts isn’t necessary.

Microwaving nuts won’t give them the same dark color as using the oven, but it will give them a crunch and taste nearly identical to traditionally oven-toasted nuts.

10. Amazing homemade microwave popcorn

You don’t need to spend entire dollars on store-bought microwave popcorn. It’s easy, and a lot cheaper, to DIY. Movie night, here we come!

11. Microwave pickles

This recipe blows our minds. Pickles in minutes? We thought they had to cure for months. This blogger throws her pickling spices in a bowl with vinegar, sugar, cucumbers, and onion and microwaves for about 8 minutes.

And they’re ready for eating. Nothing sour about that.

12. Banana bread in a mug

Single-serve meals to the rescue. Quick breads, like banana or zucchini, can be made quickly in a microwave. Simply pour the ingredients into the mug, stir, and microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’ve got a no-mess afternoon snack for one.

13. Frothed milk

Cafe-quality cappuccinos have been at our fingertips this whole time, and we didn’t even know it — until now.

All you need is a jar, a microwave, and some milk. Shake up the milk, heat for a few seconds, and you’re ready to practice your latte art. Cinnamon optional!

14. Toasted coconut

Whether you use it to top a dessert or nosh on it plain (we won’t tell), toasting coconut has never been so easy. Simply microwaving for 30-second bursts and stirring regularly results in picture-perfect toasted coconut in less than 10 minutes.

15. 90-second English muffin

Whether you’re eating gluten-free, avoiding grains, or just love almond flour (this recipe calls it almond meal), these yeast-free English muffins are a terrific addition to a healthy breakfast. Paleo McMuffins, anyone?

16. Flaky microwaved salmon

This dish really nails the message that the microwave is an oven and can make dishes so healthy, tasty, and fast that you’ll wish you’d taken advantage sooner.

The Sriracha mayonnaise adds a lot to this meal, but we recommend swapping the mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

17. Corn on the cob

The trick to making really simple corn on the cob is to leave the husks on — there’s no need for stripping, soaking, wrapping, or even a plate.

After a few minutes, the corn is perfectly cooked and the husk and silk will slip off easily. Just remember to let the corn on the cob cool for a minute — the husks can be steaming hot.

18. Steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic

No need for a steamer here. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl with a cover. Don’t be shy — it turns out that cooking vegetables in the microwave may help them retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time. Seongeung L, et al. (2018). Effect of different cooking methods on the content of vitamins and true retention in selected vegetables. DOI: 10.1007/s10068-017-0281-1

19. One-bowl mac and cheese

No more boxed macaroni with that mysterious orange “cheese” powder. This version is about as wholesome as mac and cheese gets and nearly as easy.

You’ll need only water, macaroni, and your favorite blend of cheeses — but we suggest adding a few broccoli florets or a handful of spinach. And some black pepper. Yum.

20. Meatloaf in a mug

Feel free to swap out the onion soup mix in this recipe for any kind of seasoning mix (or your own blend) and watch this meal come to life. Just be sure to serve it with a salad — or mix in shredded carrot and spinach for an extra dose of veggies!

21. Chicken fajitas

Super easy, fast, and delicious, this Tex-Mex favorite can be a good source of vegetables. Made with a simple mixture of onions, peppers, and chicken, it can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in tortillas with cheese (and a dollop of Greek yogurt).

22. 5-minute vegetarian burrito bowl

This quick burrito bowl is a useful “clean out your pantry” recipe. It may not be Chipotle (and that’s why you’re saving money), but this is a hearty meal for a quick dinner or lunch on the go.

23. Microwave mushroom risotto

Wine, broth, cheese, and lots of mushrooms come together to create this simple Italian-inspired risotto that can take on extra vegetables. We like to add sautéed spinach, but the possibilities are endless.

24. Microwave potato soup in a mug

Quick soups don’t always have to come in a can or packet. This easy potato soup is made completely in the microwave and topped with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Use a large mug since the water in the soup will bubble up as it cooks.

25. Microwave “roasted” garlic

This garlic winds up more steamed than roasted, since the microwave is basically steaming it. The flavor isn’t quite as mellow, but it cooks super quickly, and the flavor is so delicious that the difference is barely noticeable.

Remember to keep the microwave at 50 percent power for this recipe.

26. South Indian eggplant curry

Eggplant is delish, but roasting it takes forever and sautéing can require more oil than we want to consume. Fret no more — it turns out the humble microwave can cook it in about 15 minutes.

This recipe mixes in spices, chickpeas, coconut, and cilantro for an Indian-inspired dish.

27. Coffee cup chilaquiles

Made from tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and egg, this quick Mexican-inspired meal is so easy that it’s likely to become a late-night staple. It’s a good thing only one serving can be made at a time — we could wolf down three!



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