Use the microwave for more than making popcorn and warming coffee! Cooking with your microwave is fast, healthy and keeps the heat down in the kitchen during the summer.
Despite what you may think, you don't have to use processed foods, either. I've made whole grains like brown rice and regular oatmeal, quick eggs for breakfast sandwiches, toasted nuts, melted dark chocolate for dipping fruit, baked apples and potatoes, and steamed spaghetti squash in minutes, all thanks to my microwave.
Looking for recipes? Turn no further than the "Microwave Gourmet" cookbook, check out sites like AllRecipes.com or read this old New York Times article for ideas: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/ 04/02/dining/02mini.html
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Almost everyone uses a dish sponge to clean dishes but they get nasty so here is my trick to clean your sponge and your microwave. To sanitize your sponge microwave it for 1 minute as long as it is damp (say after cleaning dishes) it will create a steam bath and loosen the grime in your microwave. So now your sponge is clean and your microwave just needs to be wiped out to sparkle.
Cook spaghetti in the microwave - quick & easy (click to view all the steps)
Looking for a fast and easy way to cook spaghetti or pasta with little clean up? Now you can use your microwave. - Add spaghetti to a large plastic container. Break in half if needed. - Fill box with water so that all of the spaghetti is under water. Add salt or any spices you like, then...
- Microwave on high for 5-15 minutes depending on amount of pasta and power of microwave. Taste for doneness. - Using hot gloves, remove from microwave and drain. - Put pasta on a plate and enjoy hot. Add sauce, cheese, herbs, or anything else you like for a delicious quick & easy meal!
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