If you thought your microwave oven was just for reheating, thawing or cooking premade dinners, think again. While that’s what it was initially made for, we’ve come a long way from there. And, many brilliant chefs have come up with ingenious ways to make common dishes using this common kitchen appliance.
So, to give you an idea of what’s possible, here are some foods you didn’t know you could cook in microwave.
Honestly, we were surprised at the variety we discovered. Everything from rice dishes to pasta and cookies are possible.
This is something the kids will love, especially the kids. But instead of having the cookies in traditional form, why not get them in a cup. This lets you scoop out each bite.
And, for mommy, there’s much less cleaning up afterward. No crumbs falling on the table or floor after each bite. Instead everything is in the cup.
Chocolate chip cookies probably aren’t something you’d think can be made in the microwave. But, they work pretty well!
Breakfast in a hurry? Here’s a quick 3 minute English muffin you can make in your microwave. That’s as fast as you get. This way, you don’t have to spend extra time stopping by any breakfast eateries or fast food joints to get your muffin on the way to work.
This is as simple as it gets. Plus, vegan friendly and gluten free as well. It also follows the Paleo diet rules just in case you’re following that plan.
Love risotto but don’t have the time to keep stirring the rice in the pot? Here’s a cook trick you can you in your microwave to make cup risotto. The best part? You can make different styles and flavors all the same time. This not only gives you more variety, it also satisfies different members of the family because they can choose what they want.
The recipe comes with your basic risotto dish. Then it’s up to you to add the ingredients. To start, there are 3 recipes for different ingredients.
- Butternut Squash + Sage
- Mushrooms + Thyme
- Bacon + Kale + Mushrooms
But, once you get the hang of making them, then sky’s the limit. You can choose whatever you want.
Poached eggs are delicious and their amazing to addition to your plate. Once you break it, the soft, runny yolk oozes out to add rich flavor to your dish.
But, if you’ve tried poaching eggs before, it can be a pain. They take a lot of practice to master. In fact, even professional chefs can mess them up.
So, for no frills poached eggs, use the microwave!
That’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to making these eggs. But, they give you perfect eggs each time. That’s because you can take it down to an exact science.
This is probably the last thing you ever thought you make in a microwave. But, it’s definitely possible. We love this option especially because you don’t need to make or flatten your own dough. That’s a lot of work.
Everything goes into a cup. And, you can put any topping you want, just like you would with a regular slice of pizza. This is perfect for kids who probably want to decorate their own pizza mugs themselves.
Best of all, total cook time including prep is 6 minutes. That’ better than ordering delivery.
If you love blueberries and muffins, you’ll enjoy this cool, easy to make dish. You can make it for breakfast or mid-afternoon snack, especially when the fruit is in season.
The best part is, it’s easier to take around with your than in muffin form. There are no crumbs to worry about and you can put it down anytime and pick the mug up again when you’re done with whatever you needed to do.
Want to enjoy pumpkin pie but think an entire pie is just too much? Try this mug recipe.
This lets you make single servings of your favorite pie. And, there’s no need to wait long. It takes anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes, and you’re ready to go.
This is a cool way to make a quick pie without laboring for hours in your kitchen. And, it’s not limited to just pumpkins. You can make other pies as well using your microwave.
Want to enjoy some Tex-Mex flare at home? These fajitas as perfect when you don’t have a lot of time but want to enjoy something different for dinner. The recipe itself takes but 15 minutes. And, you’re ready to go.
The best part is, it is healthy, light and low in calories. This is perfect if you’re watching your weight or want to get something that isn’t too heavy on the belly.
Who knew you could make a great snack for your kids like chips in the microwave. These chips are made from fresh potatoes. But, you can likewise make healthier options using the same recipe. Spinach and kale are two great veggie options you can try. Similarly, sweet potatoes also work well in place of regular potatoes.
Producing something crispy in your microwave probably isn’t something that you’d think is possible. But, it’s actually easy to do so. And, you won’t need to spend a lot of time preparing the snack.
Want to enjoy a quick cup of mac & cheese without having to cook up an entire batch? This is a great recipe that will let you do that in 5 to 10 minutes.
This is perfect for when you want to treat yourself. And, you can enjoy it while watching your favorite movies on Netflix.
Microwave mac and cheese definitely saves you the extra effort of having to make the sauce and wait for the oven to cook.
Want to enjoy some traditional Italian fare but don’t feel like going out to do so? Here’s a quick 10 minute chicken parmesan dish that delivers on flavor.
It’s one of the easiest meals you’ll make since the microwave will be doing much of the work for you. Plus, there’s much less wait time compared to using the oven, which you need to pre-heat ahead of time.
For quick weeknight meals that the kids will enjoy, this is a good go to recipe.
What do you do with your leftovers? What about egg fried rice in a mug!
This is something you can make when you don’t feel like pulling out the wok and stirring up some fried rice from last night’s leftovers. It takes much less prep, and cooking’s definitely simpler. Plus, you don’t need to wash any pans after, just the mug and your spoon. That’s as easy as it gets, right?