Healthy Microwave Cooking

by in Healthy Recipes, April 16, 2012

microwaveWe’re not talking about zapping frozen entrees; how about real ingredients and healthy meals straight out of the microwave oven!?

Nuke It
You might already rely on the microwave for quick snacks or a cozy mug of hot chocolate, but how about breakfast, lunch and dinner in the microwave? There’s a right and wrong way to use your microwave — use our tips before you get nuking.

Breakfast

Eggs
No pan required! Grab a microwave-safe bowl and scramble up eggs with salt, pepper and splash of milk. Zap for 60 seconds. Top with shredded cheese and return to the micro for 20 more seconds and voila – a cheese omelet.

Oatmeal
Choose plain oatmeal – regular or instant and flavor it with real fruit and spices.

Recipe: Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Lunch and Dinner

Potatoes
“Bake” a potato until tender (about 12 minutes). Cool slightly and fill with veggies, cheese and leftover chicken for a complete meal.

Rice
Use as a side or toss with black beans, baby spinach, salsa and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Recipe: Perfect Microwave Rice

Soup
Using your blender and microwave and you’ll have homemade soup in 10 minutes or less.

Recipe: Ten-Minute Tomato Soup

Chicken
Protein-packed chicken will stay tender in a sweet and spicy sauce.

Recipe: Microwave Chicken Curry

Quesadillas
Instead of a skillet, melt cheese and favorite fillings together in the microwave – for best results, serve immediately.

Recipe: Quesadillas 5 Ways

Seafood
Turn a tuna sandwich into a tuna melt or even try cooking shrimp. Combine raw shrimp with uncooked white rice and wine (or chicken broth); season as desired and cook for about 15 minutes, until shrimp is opaque and rice is tender.

Sweets & Snacks

Popcorn
Make your own popcorn with kernels and brown paper bag. Munch it plain or flavor with Parmesan cheese or cinnamon-sugar

Recipe: Microwave Popcorn

Chocolate Cake
Got a chocolate craving but no time to bake? Try this recipe on for size.

Recipe: Instant Chocolate Cake

Candy
Turn chocolate chips into candy with fruit and nuts, or a dipping sauce for crunchy pretzels.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bark

Tell Us: What’s your go-to microwave recipe?

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