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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