I was blessed to grow up in a household with a mother who was a wonderful cook and put dinner on the table every night. For this reason, I didn’t learn to cook myself until my late 20′s living on my own and not having anyone to depend on to go out to eat with me. I remember back to my freshman year of college, though, when I told my best friend I was “craving soup, but didn’t want to do a bunch of dishes and use the stove,” to which my BFF said, “Umm, use the microwave.” Kudos to my lovely mother for always warming soup in a stove top pot instead of the microwave.
These days I know my way around the microwave, but I was delighted when Glamour gave me “5 Healthy Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Microwave.” Even more stuff to put in the mic! If you’re hoping for a quick dinner tonight, try some of these:
Corn on the cob: No need to boil! Wrap a few wet paper towels around the shucked cob and microwave for about four or five minutes per cob. Then, instead of slathering in butter or salt, give it a squeeze of lime.
Fruit cobbler: I love this idea; it’s perfect for a cold day. Chop up your favorite fruits–bananas, apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches–and put in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for a minute or two, until all the fruit is soft and warm. Add granola and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Eggs: I usually think of eggs as stovetop-only, but experts say that poaching eggs in the microwave couldn’t be easier (or tastier). Fill a one-cup microwaveable container with 1/2 cup water. Crack an egg into the water. Cover with a small plate and microwave on high for about 1 minute.
Spinach: A 2008 study in “Nutrition Research” found that steaming greens and green veggies helped improve their abilities to lower cholesterol. To steam spinach, put the leaves in a bowl with a tiny bit of water, cover, and microwave for as little as 30 seconds.
Fish: This one worried me because a co-worker once microwaved fish the wrong way and we needed gas masks to go in the kitchen. Ew! But there are tons of great recipes for steaming fish: simply lay the fillets in the bottom of a baking dish, add the ingredients of your choice (you can even just go the salt and pepper route), cover, and microwave for about five minutes. Even better: you can use a dish that’s specifically made for steaming fish.