There's no doubt that the microwave oven revolutionized the modern kitchen. However, whilst it was once advertised as a luxurious machine capable of incredible culinary feats, the stark reality is that most microwaves nowadays are used to reheat leftovers, inflate buttery bags of popcorn kernels and revive a half-drunk cup of coffee.
Isn't there more we can do with your trusty microwave? Indeed, there is. Take a look at these simple, affordable microwave meal ideas:
Creamy Pumpkin Oatmeal
Breakfast is the most important of the day, yet it often amounts to an unsatisfying bowl of sugary cereal or is forgotten altogether. When it comes to healthy breakfasts on a budget, oatmeal never fails to deliver plenty of bang for your buck.
Cook up a delicious bowl of pumpkin oatmeal by adding pumpkin puree, milk, pumpkin pie spice and a dash of cinnamon sugar to some thick rolled oats. Heat in the microwave for two minutes, give it a stir and enjoy.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
When you waste food, you waste money - yet it can be difficult to predict just how hungry your family will be on any given day. This classic recipe never disappoints, and it’s a fantastic way to use up leftover rice from dinner the night before.
Start by cutting off the top the bell peppers and scooping out the seeds. Then, fill them with the leftover rice, diced tomatoes, chopped onion and any other veggie and flavoring your fancy (get creative!) Cook in the microwave for about 10 minutes, or until the peppers are nice and soft, to top it off, add a thin slice of cheddar cheese to each pepper and heat for another 30 seconds.
Dark Chocolate Bark
Dessert in the microwave? You bet! Make some delicious chocolate bark by heating chunks of dark chocolate in the microwave on low for short, 30-second bursts, stirring in between each. Once smooth, add in a mixture of dried cherries, shelled pistachio nuts and orange zest before pouring the chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with foil. Spread the mixture evening across the pan, refrigerate uncovered for 20 minutes and then chop the bark into big, 2-3 inch chunks.
The best part about this rich chocolate bark is that a little goes a long way. Whilst dark chocolate and pistachios aren't the cheapest of ingredients, this recipe offers incredible value of money.
There are a range of tips and healthy recipes available for you to make the most out of your microwave. This will save you time and money without having to compromise on flavor and nutrition.
As some of my readers know at the moment I do not own a microwave, my kids are trying to talk me into getting one soon. But I know majority do own one. I used to own one and used it for cooking a lot. So here are some great affordable easy dishes to use in your microwave