The microwave gets a bad rap. Far from it just being a way to heat up leftovers, or yet another unhealthy microwavable meal, this appliance that gives us that iconic “ping” can be used for much more. There is a plethora, yes, a plethora of delicious recipes out there that are specifically designed to cook in a microwave. Here are just a few ideas.

Fish (Seriously!)

Almost any fish can be cooked in the microwave! Just be sure that you take it out of the freezer to defrost first. There are some great recipes out there, but create what you like. For a fish as delicate as salmon, you can make an amazing salmon fillet with peas in a parcel, and all you have to do is put it in the microwave for 5 minutes. I’m not a big fish person, but even I can admit, this looks delicious! You can steam any kind of fish by putting it in a lightly oiled glass dish. Top it with your seasonings (anything from pesto to citrus juice and garlic). Cover it and cook it 4-5 minutes for a 1″ thick filet. Then let it sit covered while you prepare your sides. It will be perfectly steamed/poached. To get the fish smell out of the microwave, just add 1/2 cup of water and a tablespoon of white vinegar to a bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes then wipe out the inside of the oven with a paper towel.

Baked Potatoes (of course- but not just russets)

If you rely on your microwave to make this starchy staple, you know that it’s important to cook it on high power. You seriously need a microwave that cooks at all power levels. Lots of recipes call for you to cook something at partial power. If your microwave isn’t up-to-date, you can look at Identifyr to see the best microwaves of 2019. Most microwave ovens are very affordable. You don’t need all of the bells and whistles, but I love that my microwave has a nifty defrost setting so my frozen meats will thaw and not cook. There are endless options.

But back to simple potatoes. If you are not feeling jazzed about plain old baked potatoes, why don’t you shake it up a bit? Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative and can be done just as easily. The great thing with a sweet potato is that you can use pretty much anything as a topping. If you’re looking for a vegan option, consider adding some chickpeas flavored in lemon juice, and you’ve got a tasty potato that’s full of fiber, protein and vitamin C! Of course, I’m more of a butter and brown sugar topping gal! But it’s healthier right? 

Don’t Forget The Sweet Stuff!

If you’re after something sweet, you can make so many different types of mug cakes in the microwave. Yes, a cake in a coffee cup!  These recipes are so easy and FAST! Plus, you’re making single servings. This will help keep you from packing on additional pounds since you won’t have a big cake sitting there on the counter calling you all night! And let’s not underestimate the tastiness of a hot chocolate straight out of the microwave. By with warming milk in a microwave safe mug (not to boiling), add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips, and some brown sugar and stir. For a holiday treat, maybe add a few drops of peppermint oil. This is sure to warm you up on a cold, wintry night.

So even if you are in the middle of a house renovation, you’re just in a rush to get something tasty cooked and on the table, or you your sweet tooth is calling, don’t forget the microwave is more that just for reheating.  Use it as true kitchen tool!

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