Is your microwave one of the most unloved appliances in your kitchen? Have you relegated it to heating up leftovers and frozen meals? Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your microwave should be embraced for the convenience machine that it is. A time-saving device that is capable of producing creative, nutritious and gourmet meals and snacks.
The microwave revolution is here, so hit the START button on these recipes I bet you never you thought you could cook or crisp in the microwave!
Risotto you don’t have to stand over
Risotto can be a challenge for inexperienced cooks. Get the quantities, cooking time or temperature wrong and you can easily end up with a gluggy mess. Enjoy home-cooked risotto risk free with this gluten free vegetarian recipe. It’s full of mushrooms and cheesy goodness and can be cooked entirely in your microwave in under 30 minutes.
Fail proof seafood
A gourmet seafood dish in 14 minutes? Ding! If you’ve never cooked mussels before then this is a good place to start. You could also add pasta to this fresh and simple recipe for a more substantial meal.
Gooey Choc Pudding
This is a super quick and easy dessert that the kids will love to make. It’s also a fun dinner party idea and is truly decadent served warm with ice cream.
Microwave technology has come a long way since its food heating abilities were discovered in the 1940’s. The first microwaves on the market were the size of a refrigerator and weighed nearly 400kgs! Today, innovative new microwave ovens like the Quick Touch Crisp will crisp up your food while it reheats, meaning no more soggy pizza, quiches or pies.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands of one of these awesome machines, give these recipes a go:
Roasted vegetables and toasted nuts
This recipe is proof that you can get gourmet with a microwave. Easily prepare the key elements for this dish in the Quick Touch Crisp microwave, toasting almonds and roasting sweet potato at the touch of a button.
Succulent Roasted Chicken Drummettes
I didn’t think it would be possible to roast up sweet soy chicken drumsticks in the microwave, but I was proved wrong. This recipe gives your chicken that sweet crispy charred skin that you’d normally need an oven for. Can’t wait to dig in to a big batch of these!
A healthy baked treat
A nutritious snack that is easy to prepare and cooks quickly in the microwave. Sliced up and stored in the fridge, these muesli bars are the ideal lunchbox treat or at-your-desk snack.
Microwaves can get pretty dirty inside and that baked on gunk can be hard to clean. But before you start scrubbing furiously, place a bowl of water with some vinegar inside for 5-10 minutes. The steam will loosen all the gunk and you’ll be able to wipe it away easily. Be careful when taking the bowl out of the microwave though, use oven mitts and carry carefully.
I hope this has inspired you to get the most from your microwave. Find more microwave recipes at myfoodbook and tell us, do you have any genius microwave cooking ideas to share?