Most of us tend to think of the microwave as a tool for reheating, melting, or defrosting, but the microwave is actually an oven, capable of cooking meals from scratch. With that in mind, it’s about time we start taking advantage of the quick and easy cooking power of this convenient kitchen appliance.Understanding the power settings and cooking time required for different vegetables and proteins is essential in order to get everything you can out of the most underutilized tool in your kitchen. Using the wattage to your advantage can help you achieve even the most finessed dish of poached fish, perfectly steamed vegetables, and gently poached eggs in a fraction of the standard cooking time.
Simple salads are improved with microwave-poached or –hard-boiled eggs; soups are made infinitely easier with the nuking power of this quick-cooking oven; and even the classic meatloaf can be achieved in a coffee cup.
Check out our 14 favorite microwaved meals perfect for feeding a hungry family or for a quick solo meal on nights when time is of the essence.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.