Do you think the microwave is only good for re-heating food? Au contraire! There are oodles of ways to enjoy good food that has been cooked in the microwave, as these recipes will prove to you. Virtually all of these dishes can be prepared from start to finish in 15 minutes or less.
These microwave recipes are also great for teaching kids (especially teenagers who are about to leave for college) how to cook. Armed with just a few basic recipes and some ideas for improvising, your teens can feed themselves reasonably well without even owning an oven.
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- Microwave Chili Dogs - The microwave is the perfect place to cook chili dogs, because they don't need to be browned to taste good. You can use any type of hot dogs (beef hot dogs, chicken or turkey hot dogs, even vegetarian hot dogs) for this recipe. I like to use chili beans, but feel free to use canned chili or your own leftover chili con carne if you prefer.
- Microwave Chicken Breast Strips with Crunchy Fried Onions - It can be challenging to cook chicken properly in a microwave oven. Too often, it gets dried out. The secret is using the right type of dish - a shallow,covered glass casserole dish (compare prices) that's safe for the microwave is perfect. Make sure you arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer - no overlapping or they won't cook properly. And be sure to check for doneness with an instant-read thermometer (compare prices). Looking at the color of chicken is not an accurate indicator. Kids really like the simple textures and flavors of this recipe.
- Easy Scalloped Potatoes - When you don't have an hour-and-a-half to make scalloped potatoes in the oven, this recipe gives you a great alternative. These scalloped potatoes are just as creamy and cheesy and take a fraction of the time.
- Microwave Nachos Recipe - This is a terrific after-school snack that's easy enough for the kids to make all by themselves. The only trick with this recipe is choosing the right cheese. You want a cheese that melts well in the microwave. I like to use a combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack. As for toppings, you can go one of two ways - layer them on after the nachos come out of the microwave. This works well with fresh chopped tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, sliced black olives, sour cream and other cold toppings. Or cook them, and place them on the chips before adding the cheese. Beans, cooked chicken or ground beef work well for that.
- Microwave Brownies - Brownies in five minutes? You bet! With this recipe, you can have chewy chocolate brownies topped with nuts and chocolate chips in 10 minutes flat. Not bad for a quick dessert, eh?
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Bet you never thought you could make these in the microwave, huh? Actually, the microwave is ideal for this (and saves you the hassle of having to use a double boiler on the stove), because you can control the temperature of the chocolate easily. I like to melt the chocolate at 50% power. This ensures it doesn't seize up on me. Be sure to choose strawberries with stems; it makes it easier to grasp them as you're dipping. And work quickly to keep the chocolate from cooling and hardening.
- 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake - Think it's impossible to have a homemade chocolate cake in less than 5 minutes? This recipe proves that it's not only possible, it can be quite tasty. The trick with this cake is to use the right size mug. A 14 oz. mug is perfect. The cake will puff up a bit, then fall back down when you take it out of the oven.
- Butterscotch Haystacks Recipe - This four-ingredient recipe is a classic (because everyone loves it), and it could not be easier. Just melt the butterscotch chips with the peanut butter in the microwave, stir in the chow mein noodles and peanuts and drop the haystacks onto waxed paper. That's it! See? Easy!