We’re all used to using our microwave ovens for everyday tasks like defrosting foods and reheating ready meals. But the truth is that your microwave can do much more than that. With the help of a single microwave oven you can prepare dozens of delicious foods that will serve as a perfect lunch or dinner. If you don’t have one yet, buy a microwave on JiJi, and then try making these great 8 dishes!
1. Blueberry muffin
Making a whole batch of muffins or cupcakes can be quite a challenge that takes a few hours, so if you simply want to make a sweet treat just for yourself, a single-serving muffin is the perfect choice. We recommend making a blueberry one, although you can add any fruit or berries you like. Also you will need flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, coconut oil, milk, and sugar.
2. Poached eggs
Poached eggs are a very popular breakfast; plus, you can make many delicious breakfast dishes using a perfectly poached egg. Poaching an egg on the stove requires a lot of skills, but making an egg in a microwave can be done even by kids. To poach an egg you need to take a microwaveable bowl with a lid. Fill the bowl with water, crack the egg into the bowl, and make sure the egg is completely submerged in water. Put the lid on. Microwave the mixture on high for 1 minute. There you have it – a flawlessly poached egg!
3. Scrambled eggs
Another world famous breakfast is scrambled eggs, a dish that needs quite some time to be made on a stove but can be cooked just in minutes using the microwave. To scramble eggs take a couple of eggs, break them into a bowl, add a pinch of salt, and mix. Then microwave your bowl for thirty second intervals, scrambling the mixture after each interval until the eggs are ready. Throw in some vegetables or chopped bacon at the end of the cooking; serve on its own or on a toast.
4. Potato chips
One of the most favourite snacks for both kids and adults are delicious potato chips, but it’s no secret that due to being fried in oil chips are rather bad for your health. With the help of your microwave you can enjoy the taste of potato chips without any negative consequences. Peel and thinly slice potatoes, put them on the microwave tray covered with paper, add a bit of salt, and microwave on high until the chips are golden and crispy. Keep in mind that they’ll get crispier as they cool down, so it’s best to take them out when they’re still slightly soft.
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5. Steamed veggies
If you’re on a diet or simply want to enjoy healthier meals without sacrificing the taste, steamed vegetables seem like the perfect solution. But how to make them if you don’t have a steamer? With your microwave, of course! The recipe couldn’t be easier: chop your favourite veggies, add salt and pepper, throw them into a microwaveable bowl, and cook for short time periods, occasionally stirring. Due to short cooking time and lack of oil the veggies will keep most of their nutrients, which is great for your health.
6. Chocolate cake
Like the blueberry muffin we’ve talked about earlier, a single-serving chocolate microwave cake is the perfect solution for times where you need a quick chocolate fix. Finally you don’t need to spend hours in kitchen trying to indulge yourself in some chocolate – now you can do it all in minutes. Take flour, sugar, cocoa, crushed cookies, baking powder, melted butter, milk, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients, put them in a mug, and microwave on high for one minute. Chill and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
7. Baked potato
There are so many great ways to eat potatoes, and baked potatoes are clearly one of them. With the help of a microwave you can enjoy a fresh baked potato after waiting for just a couple of minutes. Wash a potato, stick your fork in several areas, cover with a towel, and turn your microwave on for a 1-2 minutes, then see if the potato is ready, and microwave for another minute or two if necessary. When the potato is done, make a deep cut and fill it with your favourite fillings – meat, vegetables, bacon, sour cream, etc.
8. Fried rice
Fried rice is one of the most popular dishes in Nigerian households, so the fact that you can actually make it in 20 minutes will be a pleasant surprise for everyone. Mix rice, water, salt, chopped vegetables and chicken or meat, tomato sauce, oil, your favourite spices, stir the mixture, and cook on high for 20 minutes. When the rice is ready, take it out, leave to cool for 5 minutes, stir again and serve.