microwave cooking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18410/all en-US 14 Great Dishes You Can Make in the Microwave http://www.wisebread.com/14-great-dishes-you-can-make-in-the-microwave <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-great-dishes-you-can-make-in-the-microwave" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-177547623.jpg" alt="artichoke risotto" title="artichoke risotto" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s nothing like a fresh family meal slow cooked on a Sunday afternoon, but most of us don&#39;t have time to slave over the stove during the workweek. Even when you don&#39;t have hours to spend in the kitchen, however, you can still whip up tasty, healthy dishes without all the mess and hassle &mdash; right in your microwave. I&#39;m not talking about plastic-wrapped TV dinners either. The 14 recipes I&#39;ve curated below use fresh ingredients to help you make delicious meals in a snap. There&#39;s dessert too, of course; can&#39;t forget about that. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-microwaves?ref=seealso">Top 5 Microwaves</a>)</p> <h2>1. Artichoke Lemon Risotto</h2> <p>Classic risotto can take an hour or more to make on the stovetop, but this microwave version <a href="http://www.bkafka.com/Recipes/artichokelemonrisotto.html">gets the job done in 20 minutes or so</a>. Chicken broth helps tenderize the rice before you stir in meaty artichoke and zesty lemon for a little zing. Salt and pepper to taste.</p> <h2>2. Sweet Potatoes With Warm Black Bean Salad</h2> <p>I&#39;ve &ldquo;baked&rdquo; regular potatoes in the microwave, so it only makes sense that you can <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_recipes_for_your_microwave?slide=2#leaderboardad">zap sweet potatoes as well</a> if you&#39;re trying to kick your dinner up a notch. Once you&#39;ve cooked the sweet potatoes on high for 12 to 15 minutes, you&#39;ll microwave a mixture of canned black beans, tomatoes, and spices (like cumin and coriander) that you&#39;ll top the spuds with, along with sour cream and fresh cilantro. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes?ref=seealso">Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes From &ldquo;Little Old Lady Recipes&rdquo;</a>)</p> <h2>3. Chilled Corn and Red Pepper Soup</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microrec-160591663-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 360px;" /></p> <p>There&#39;s no canned mush in this <a href="http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/chilled-corn-and-red-pepper-soup">recipe for chilled corn and red pepper soup</a>. Instead, you&#39;ll microwave all the healthy, fresh veggies until they&#39;re tender, add the corn, and then puree in a blender. Once you&#39;ve strained the liquid to remove the remaining pepper skin, mix in plain nonfat yogurt, and season to taste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers?ref=seealso">Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Mac and Cheese With Wilted Spinach</h2> <p>There&#39;s really no substitute for a creamy four-cheese mac-and-cheese made with your grandmother&#39;s love, but this <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Microwave-Cooking-Recipes">recipe for macaroni and cheese with wilted spinach</a> isn&#39;t half bad when you&#39;re rushed for time. A spreadable cheddar cheese gives this recipe its oohey-gooey component, while fresh spinach adds in a few much-needed nutrients.</p> <h2>5. One-Step Chili</h2> <p>If the guys are coming over for the game and you want to serve up something that shows off your skills in the kitchen &mdash; even when you don&#39;t have many &mdash; this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/one-step-chili-153885">one-step chili recipe</a> is a touchdown. It&#39;s super simple, too. Just combine all the ingredients in a microwave-safe casserole dish and set to high for 5 minutes, break up the meat, and then cook for an additional 20 minutes. Hardly any room to fumble up this one.</p> <h2>6. Mexican Casserole</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microrec-185907388-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Have some of that one-step chili left over? Turn it into a brand new dish with this recipe for a <a href="http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/back-to-college/microwave-recipes/sd30430107">Mexican casserole</a>. Just add a small can of corn, stir in some shredded cheese, and top with crispy tortilla chips. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-terrific-freeze-ahead-casserole-recipes?ref=seealso">10 Freeze-Ahead Casserole Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>7. Cod With Fennel and Orange</h2> <p>Microwaving fish is a notorious no-no at the office, but you can have at it all you want at home. You might even be surprised at how delicious this dish of <a href="http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/microwave-recipes-00412000082138/page2.html">cod with fennel and orange</a> is once you start devouring it. All the ingredients go in a microwave bag to steam the fish and marry the flavors, and it&#39;s ready in 7 minutes.</p> <h2>8. Quick Breakfast Tostada</h2> <p>Breakfast is great for dinner on those nights when you just want to dig into something quick, easy, and delicious, which makes this hearty recipe for a <a href="http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/microwave-recipes-00412000082138/page7.html">quick breakfast tostada</a> a winner. Eggs, beans, cheese, and chicken give this simple tortilla stack bulk, while a dollop of salsa and sour cream heat it up and cool it down, respectively. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals?ref=seealso">20+ Breakfast-for-Dinner Meals</a>)</p> <h2>9. Mediterranean Chicken Couscous</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/microrec-154250375-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You won&#39;t need to dirty any pots and pans for this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mediterranean-chicken-couscous-10000001144144/">exotic couscous dish packed with protein</a> from pre-cooked chicken. Cook the couscous in a microwave-safe dish with chicken broth for 3-5 minutes or until it starts to boil. Remove the bowl, cover it, and let stand for another 5 minutes. After fluffing the couscous, add in the chicken, chopped fresh basil, feta cheese, grape tomato halves, and a squeeze of lemon juice. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world?ref=seealso">10+ Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a>)</p> <h2>10. Ravioli With Ripe Tomatoes</h2> <p>Fresh ravioli isn&#39;t ideal for <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/ravioli-ripe-tomato-recipe">this recipe</a>, but you can easily find microwavable (or better yet, frozen ravioli) at your local supermarket. Once you&#39;ve cooked it to perfection in the microwave, top it with a fresh mixture of tomatoes, basil, olive oil, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. Top it off with freshly grated Parmesan for an extra-special gourmet touch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flavorful-foods-worth-splurging-on?ref=seealso">10 Foods Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>11. Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca</h2> <p>Don&#39;t let the word &quot;spaghetti&quot; fool you; there&#39;s actually no pasta in <a href="http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/spaghetti-squash-puttanesca-recipe">this dish</a>, but rather healthy veggies disguised as such. After microwaving the spaghetti squash on high for 5 to 6 minutes per pound and separating the cooked strands, you&#39;ll round out the dish with tuna, tomatoes, capers, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese for garnish.</p> <h2>12. Banana Chocolate Mousse Cake</h2> <p>I love that I get to give my friend Brooke McLay over at <a href="http://www.cheekykitchen.com/2013/01/microwave-dole-banana-chocolate-mousse-cake.html">Cheeky Kitchen</a> credit for this microwavable dessert that features lots of OMG! ingredients like ripe bananas, almond butter, and cocoa. And that&#39;s just the beginning. The indulgent-but-still-healthy topping stars maple syrup, coconut oil, more bourbon vanilla, and fresh blackberries or raspberries. Hard to believe that it&#39;s ready to eat in about 5 minutes &mdash; or that&#39;s it&#39;s gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, making it just right for just about everybody you&#39;re serving. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts?ref=seealso">15 Super-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>13. Cherries With Ricotta and Toasted Almonds</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cherries_with_ricotta_toasted_almonds.html">cherries with ricotta and toasted almonds</a> couldn&#39;t be simpler. Microwave &frac34; cup of frozen pitted cherries on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until warm, top ricotta and almonds, and you&#39;ve got a restaurant-quality dessert in a flash.</p> <h2>14. Apple Crisp</h2> <p>Apple crisp is a dish that makes you feel so good inside, but it can be very labor intensive to make from scratch in the oven. <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/microwave-apple-crisp/ace23080-1e39-4a6d-85f3-6c798c43cf72">Not this version</a>. All you have to do arrange sliced apples in a microwave safe dish; sprinkle with a mixture of oats, sugar, spices, and butter; and zap on high for 7 to 10 minutes. It&#39;ll be like serving a hug in a bowl in no time flat.</p> <p><em>Do you have more delicious microwave dishes you&#39;d like to share? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-great-dishes-you-can-make-in-the-microwave">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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