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Microwaves are often just as thoroughly used in kitchens as hot ovens and stove-tops, if not more; yet, many home cooks (even experts!) are afraid of using the microwave beyond heating leftovers or frozen ready-to-eat meals. The truth is that many delicious items can be perfectly steamed or "baked" in a microwave if you should find yourself in a pinch. Maybe it's just because you forgot to defrost your meats, have discovered you are missing a key ingredient, or don't have time to preheat the oven, but you don't have to reach for a takeout menu if you have a microwave at home. And even if you just don't feel like making too much of a mess or a fuss (we've all been there), your microwave can help you get something on the table, fast.
It's hard to make an extravagant meal using your microwave alone, but there are many lightning-fast staples you can enjoy for breakfast, a quick lunch, or a simple dinner on the fly. And dessert lovers will be very pleased to hear there are a few ways to create ooey, gooey cake without even touching your oven dial. Raw meat may be too intimidating to tackle in a microwave given its complex texture and flavor profile, but you can actually get a good steam on seafood. Steaming is also a boon for fresh vegetables you might have in your crisper as well as those extra eggs as well.
Worried about making your snack or quick bite "radioactive," so to speak? Don't be! Microwaves don't use gamma rays or x-rays to cook food, and when they are used according to instructions, there isn't evidence that suggests they pose any risk to your health, according to the American Cancer Society. You should actually feel better about whipping up a quick meal with your microwave because the following recipes tend to be quite straightforward; minimal ingredients translate to less of a blowback on your diet compared to fast-food options if you decide to hit a drive-thru instead. Here, we're sharing the best microwave meals and snacks to try this week.