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5 Delicious Meals to Make With Your Microwave

by Waverly Wilde

From extra work on your plate to soccer practice running late, some days, making a meal from scratch just isn't in the cards. On days like that, your handy dandy microwave comes to the rescue!

The plastic-wrapped TV dinners of the 50s and 60s may have given microwave meals a bad rap, but these days there are plenty of ways to make healthy and delicious food using just your microwave. That's especially true if you have one of the latest microwave models, which come bundled with convection technology for not just microwaving, but full on cooking! But even if you have a standard microwave, there are plenty of filling meals you can whip up in a snap without worrying about preheating and preparation. Here are just a few of our favorites!

1.  Mug Mac & Cheese

All the delicious taste of mac and cheese, made even faster than the boxed stuff! You can prepare your very own homemade mac in just five minutes, with the help of your microwave and your favorite mug. Use shells, elbows, even penne if you're feeling brave -- your favorite pasta can quickly turn into a tasty and filling meal in no time at all.


2. Parmesan Herb Spaghetti Squash

Healthy, delicious, AND simple as all get out -- don't mind if we do! Spaghetti squash is the perfect easy meal, and it can be made to suit any special diet in your household! This particular recipe is already both vegetarian and gluten free, but it can even be made vegan by swapping out the parmesan with cashew-based cheese flavoring. However you choose to prepare it, this dish is flavorful as it is quick to make, so you can enjoy a delicious meal no matter how busy you are.


3. Mug Omelette

Breakfast time becoming a bummer? Make the most of your mornings with this easy mealtime solution!

Nothing beats food made in a mug for ease, simplicity, and pure kitsch, and this easy mug omelette might be the best of them all. It's a healthy, nearly oil-free way to make your favorite breakfast that tastes lighter, fresher, and more delicious than ever. AND it's done in all of two minutes. Two! With next to no cleanup besides rinsing off the mug you ate out of, this little dish is a winner all around.


4. Salmon Dinner

Who says you can only make simple dishes in the microwave? Sometimes a single small entree isn't enough to conquer your hunger after a long day -- but just because you're short on time doesn't mean you have to leave home to dine! This delicious salmon dish is case in point. It's tasty, classy, something you wouldn't be ashamed to serve on a first date, and all it takes is a few minutes in the microwave. It even includes a side of potatoes, for an extra satisfying meal!


5. Microwave Jambalaya

If you like a little kick to your meals, this microwave jambalaya is just the thing! Spicy and savory with a little bit of sweet corn, jambalaya is a tasty and satisfying dish no matter how it's made -- but the fact that this recipe is so simple is certainly a mark in its favor! Jambalaya is a bit more time-consuming than some of the recipes we've featured, but it's still a perfect option for students or people without access to a traditional stovetop and oven, who still want the comfort of a top-quality, home-cooked meal.


Your microwave is a lot more versatile than it gets credit for -- so make the most of it! These delicious dishes are sure to satisfy any night of the week, and best of all, the prep time fits into even the busiest schedules. But if you want to get even more out of your mealtimes, maximize the flavor of your food, and save even more time, you might want to think about upgrading your microwave.

At our store, you can find microwaves that do everything from reheat to brown to braise. If your oven can do it, so can these microwaves! Doesn't that sound convenient? Make your mealtimes more flexible with the help of a great microwave at a great price -- all thanks to your favorite local appliance store!