3 Super-Easy Microwave Meals

Though completely unknown 75 years ago, but introduced to homes everywhere in 1946, the microwave is still widely used for heating leftovers and defrosting freezer meals.  I imagine a select few are tapping into this most popular kitchen appliance’s potential, but if one of them is not you, sit back and listen.

3 Super-Easy Microwave Meals

Breakfast Meals

Strawberry and buckwheat breakfast bowls are a great source of protein, and they are glutton free.  This small breakfast packs a punch with four grains and loads of flavor.  It’s too good to be good for you, but it is.  Using a coffee cup or small bowl, combine ¼ cup of oat bran, 2 tbsp of oat flour, 2 tbsp of buckwheat groats, 1tbsp of ground flaxseed, ½ tsp of baking powder, ¼ tsp of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.  Add to dry ingredients 2 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce, ¼ cup of almond milk, and stir until all is incorporated, then gently fold in ½ cup of diced strawberries.  Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds until top is cooked and cool for 2 or 3 minutes.

Lunch and Dinner

If you think you cannot cook fish in five minutes, think again.  The microwave is, if not the best, is one of the best time-savers in your kitchen.  For dinner, you can cook a one person portion of salmon in a red hot minute and have a healthy meal.  Okay, prep will add two minutes, but that is still fantastic.  This is a tasty, but no-frill recipe.

Rinse and pat dry one skin-on portion of salmon.  With the skin side down, place the salmon in a microwave-safe plate and season with salt and pepper to your taste.  Combine 2 tbsp of mayo, 1-2 tbsp of sriracha sauce (found in Asian grocery stores or in the ethnic section at your grocery store) in a separate bowl; then spread on the skin-off side liberally.  Next add lemon slices and parsley.  Wrap tightly with microwave-safe plastic wrap and microwave 3 ½ minutes; then using a fork, check the thickest part of the fillet for doneness.  If the fish does not flake easily, it needs another 30 seconds.  Garnish and enjoy with some red roasted potatoes.

Desserts

A meal is not complete without dessert, so following on our theme of easy microwave foods, after the salmon it’s time to enjoy a little Minute Microwave Cheesecake.  This little sweetie is gluten and sugar-free, and vegetarian.

In a small microwave-friendly bowl combine 2 oz of softened cream cheese (can substitute low-fat), 2 tbsp of sour cream (can also substitute light), 1 egg (just egg white if you want), ½ tsp of lemon juice, ¼ tsp of vanilla, and 2 to 4 tbsp sugar substitute (adding a little at a time to taste.  Microwave cheesecake on high for 90 seconds, stirring at 30-second intervals until done.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.  For a bit more sweet, garnish with strawberries, whipped cream, or nut meal.

Now that you know what your microwave can do, faster meals are on the way!

 

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Amazing Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe

 

Cream Cheese Brownie

Everyone enjoys some delicious treats from time to time, whether they are for dessert following a holiday dinner, a birthday, or some other kind of special occasion. The next time that you are looking to impress party guests by blowing them away with a fantastic dessert, prepare this amazing cream cheese brownie recipe.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to prepare this dessert:

  • Brownie
  • 1 (20 ounce) package fudge brownie mix (13x9 size)
  • 1/4 cup water (or what mix calls for)
  • 1/3 cup oil (or what your mix calls for)
  • 2 eggs (or what your mix calls for)
  • Topping
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Once you have all of your ingredients set up, then you are ready to start preparing the dessert. Although it seems complicated, the recipe is actually pretty simple. You are basically going to prepare the brownies first and then add the cream cheese mixture into that batter. Here are the exact steps that you will need to follow to prepare a perfect batch of cream cheese brownies:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Follow the directions on the package of the brownie mix to ensure that the brownies are properly prepared for cooking (you will need water, oil, and eggs).
  • Grease your 13x9 inch backing pan and pour the prepared bownie mix into it.
  • Make the cream cheese smooth by beating it with an electric mixer. Run the mixer on medium speed, and beat the cheese until it is completely smoothed out.
  • Add sugar and continue mixing it into the cream cheese. After the sugar is mixed in, add in the vanilla and egg. Mix the entire concoction until it is blended well.
  • Place the cream cheese mixture across the pan in tiny spoonfuls. Leave some parts of the brownie mix showing in between the spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Use a knife or a fork to mix the cream cheese and the brownie batter together until they are nicely swirled together with a marbled effect. The technique is difficult to pull off perfectly, but be careful not to work the batter too much.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes. After it is finished cooking, allow the pan to cool and cut the brownies into squares. The brownies also freeze nicely if you want to save some of them for later.

After everything is prepared, all you have to do is serve the brownies to your guests, sit back, and enjoy the satisfaction that you totally nailed a great dessert. Everyone will marvel at your culinary skills, thinking that you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen to prepare such a delicious, complex after-dinner treat. Only you will know that you actually spent less than an hour preparing such a beautiful dessert, but that can be our little secret.

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