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We usually use this appliance only to heat the food, but it can be very useful to prepare meats, vegetables and even desserts. Any ideas.

Many times we get home tired and not wanting to turn on the oven. Delivery is too expensive as a permanent solution and eating sandwiches daily is not healthy or nutritious. To enrich your menu and make things easier, we tell you how to  cook in the microwave and solve very rich dishes in a very simple way.

In most homes, this famous device is underutilized. We only resort to it to heat things, but this appliance is super versatile and allows you to prepare various dishes in half the time. For this, it is not necessary to be an expert chef but to know and take advantage of all the functions offered by this device, which has added many functions in recent years.

 

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Microwave meals

The microwave oven is not only used to defrost meat or heat the food left over or milk from the snack. If we follow some advice we can use it to prepare almost any food. You just have to know some secrets.

The first thing you should know is that microwaves penetrate food approximately 2 cm, and do so from the outside to the inside. Only the outside is cooked and the rest is cooked by driving.

It is not advisable to cook food in the form of a very large square, as the corners would be too hot and the center would remain warm and cold. We recommend using thin, round or ring-shaped foods so that cooking is more even.

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Tips for using the microwave oven to cook

This type of cooking has some keys to respect. We must follow some instructions and not get carried away by the prejudices that exist in this regard, as there are many studies that ensure that it does not represent any risk to health. Precisely, the danger may be in the use of plastics or other materials to heat or cook, but in the food that passed through there. Some tips:

  • Electric oven and microwave: there are those who say that it is better to use the electric oven because it preserves better the nutrients of the food, but this is not necessarily true. Food loses its nutrients when subjected to high temperatures, either in a pot or in an appliance. Therefore, they do not have differences in that sense. It is more: the microwave oven can present an advantage since the food is exposed to heat for less time.
  • Convection function:  to take advantage of all the functions of the device, we have to know them and learn how to use them. The convection function is used more for roasting in the same way as a traditional oven.
  • Microwave with grill:  another fundamental point that we have to take into account is that it has the grill function. This can be used to toast or grill the surface of a dish, such as a lasagna. It is not the ideal option to cook from scratch, but it can be a delicious final touch.
  • Defrosting: the ideal is to thaw the food at low temperature and then continue with the cooking process using the appropriate function.
  • Plate for microwaves: another useful tip is to try to get good plates or containers suitable for this device. The most recommended is glass, which is the healthiest. In addition, the lid is essential so that the food does not dry too much and the vapors do not adhere to the walls of the appliance.

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Recipes for microwave oven

Beyond the general advice, it is key to know how to treat each food so that its flavor is not altered and achieve a delicious dish. We review how to prepare vegetables, meats, rice or desserts using this appliance.

How to cook vegetables

A really healthy diet includes vegetables. However, making them in the oven can be too laborious. Luckily, we have different recipes for preparing vegetables in the microwave in a short time.

  • Chard: to prepare this leaf the first thing we have to do is to separate the stems. Then, put the leaves in a bag and place it in the microwave. The cooking time will depend on the quantity. For example, 750 g of chard need between 4 and 5 minutes of heat.
    Aubergines: if we want to eat rich aubergines, we should start by cutting them horizontally or in cubes. The next step is to place them in a bowl with a teaspoon of salt for every 500 g. of vegetables. Then we cover or wrap them with film. We put the aubergines inside the appliance and heat them at least 6 minutes per half kilo.
  • Pumpkin or potato: the first thing we should do is cut the potato or pumpkin into cubes with or without peel. Once this is done, we place the parts in a container with water and cover it. We heat until they are soft enough. The pumpkin can also be made without water, wrapping the container with film, and it is super rich.
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How to cook rice in the microwave

Rice is the perfect complement to any meal and we can also prepare it super fast if we follow some very simple steps.

  1. We place the desired amount of rice in a container. Ideally, use a measuring cup and use twice as much water.
  2. We introduce the container in the device and turn it on for ten minutes at a power of 750W.
  3. We take it out and mix it. If we want to cook it a little more, we turn on the appliance again for another minute or two.
  4. Once cooked, place it in the drainer and pass it under the cold water jet.
  5. We leave a while in the squeegee to eliminate excess water and we are ready to eat.

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How to cook meat, chicken and fish

Including some meat in our diet does not hurt. It is an important protein for the body and we can also cook in the microwave.

  • Chicken: to prepare chicken we must preheat the golden tray between 8 and 10 minutes. Then, we must dry the food so that it cooks better. We can spice spicy but not salt, to be added halfway through cooking. The next step is to arrange the chicken steaks in the tray and cook them. Once this is done, we can brown the chicken with the grill function. If we want to cook it, we can use a container with a lid and water to do it.
    • Meat: Cooking red meat must be preheated tray as in the case of chicken. Once this process is finished, we remove the excess fat and season it. For whole cuts, we must use the device at 100 percent power, while if we use heifer cuts should reduce the power to 70 percent.
    • Fish: just put a filet or loin of fish on a plate, season and varnish it with a little olive oil and cover it with a kitchen film to achieve a delicious dish. Make a hole or two so that the steam can have outlet, puncturing with a knife, and cooked for two minutes at medium power. Check and add minutes according to the size of the fish and the power of the equipment.

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    How to cook desserts in the microwave

    Not only can we make the main dish, but we can also prepare delicious desserts in the microwave. In fact, they are fashionable the famous “cakes in the cup”, which are a rage in social networks. We tell you how to prepare a chocolate volcano and dulce de leche.

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons of flour
    • 4 tablespoons of sugar
    • 2 tablespoons of chocolate powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 beaten egg
    • 3 oil tablespoons
    • 3 tablespoons of milk

    Preparation

    1. Beat all the ingredients in a cup and place half in another container.
    2. We take the cups separately to the device for a maximum of 5 minutes.
    3. We take out and let the dessert cool down. We can add dulce de leche or ice cream to give it a final touch.

    Cake in the microwave

    Ingredients for 1 serving:

    • 1 egg
    • 3 oil tablespoons
    • 4 tablespoons of milk
    • 4 tablespoons of flour
    • 4 tablespoons of sugar
    • 4 spoons of cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Chocolate chips (optional)

    Preparation

    Cooking time: 4 minutes.

    • Place the egg in a cup.
    • Add the tablespoons of oil. Mix.
    • Add the tablespoons of milk. Mix.
    • Add the tablespoons of flour. Mix well until there are no lumps.
    • Add the tablespoons of sugar. Mix.
    • Add the tablespoons of cocoa powder.
    • Add the baking powder. In case of adding something optional, put it and mix it very well.
    • Insert in the appliance. Bake at full power for 3 or 4 minutes.
      It can be decorated with cream, chocolate chips, etc. And to eat!

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    Techniques to achieve a good cooking

    • Revolver : is one of the most important techniques to disseminate and redistribute heat. I always stirred from the outside inwards.
    • Flip: in the case of large and large foods (such as meat, poultry or vegetables), it is important to turn them over, so that the bottom part also cooks evenly.
    • Elevate: if you want to cook a thick or dense food, it is important to raise it so that the microwaves are absorbed at the bottom and distributed evenly to the center. Many devices are equipped with a grid for this purpose.
    • Puncture: Foods coated with skin or skin tend to burst if not punctured before cooking. For example, yolk and egg white, vegetables, whole fruits, etc. It is advisable to puncture both sides with a fork.

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