The microwave oven is not only for popping popcorn or reheating leftovers from two days ago. From steaming heart-healthy vegetables to melting chocolate for favorite desserts, a microwave is a time-saving tool. Most people do not realize that when cooking in the microwave, food is not coated with fattening oil, so it can be a lot healthier than other versions of the same recipe that is cooked in a different way.
Replace that bowl of sugary cereal with a hearty bowl of pumpkin oatmeal. To make this delicious dish, start with the following ingredients:
1. Quick-cooking rolled oats 1 cup.
2. Milk 3/4 cup.
3. Canned pumpkin 1/2 cup pureed.
4. Pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon
5. Cinnamon sugar 1 teaspoon.
Mix the mix and the oats in a bowl that is microwave safe. Cook this mixture in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring one time. Next add more oats and milk according to desired consistence, and then cook for another 20 seconds. Remove from microwave and add the cinnamon sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well, heat for an additional 20 seconds and then serve warm.
Another great dish that can be made in the microwave is a Southwestern dip. This Tex-Mex delight is a layered dip made with low-fat sour cream and low-fat cheese to shave off those extra calories. Using naked tortilla chips is another excellent way to cut calories without compromising
To prepare this dish, simply warm the black beans to desired temperature. In a large serving dish, start layering the beans, sour cream and low-fat cheese. Top with jalapeños and warm for 50-60 seconds.
Staying with a Tex-Mex theme, reuse those leftovers from the other night to create a delicious breakfast. Simply spread refried beans over whole wheat toast topped with salsa. This will keep you full and help you get your motor running!
Love the taste of french fries, but hate all the extra fat, why not try microwave fries? Simply slice potato into strips and toss with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pop these tidbits into the microwave for 2-3 minutes before turning. Continue process until brown. Serve with choice of sauces. With only 2 grams of fat and 141 calories per serving, the extra fat will never be noticed!
Crisp steamed vegetables are also a hidden treasure that can be prepared in the microwave. After slicing vegetables of choice, coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and any other spice that is in the kitchen pantry. Toss together until coated and then place in the microwave covered tightly. Check every 3 minutes until fork tender. This method keeps the vegetables crisp and full of flavor. Long gone are limp vegetables from overcooking on the stove. Get creative and jazz up the flavors. Using rosemary, basil and oregano will put a smile on everyone's face at the dinner table!
When using the microwave to cook healthy dishes, the choices are almost endless.