6 recipes that prove you can make almost anything in a microwave

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Throw out your stove, oven, grill and fire pit. Seriously, you don't need any kitchen appliances but a microwave. In fact, you could be stranded on a desert island with a microwave (and some ingredients and electricity) and you'd be set. Microwaves can handily make anything from risotto to bacon to cinnamon rolls to ratatouilleand beyond.

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Here are six life-changing microwave recipes.

1. Microwave Monkey Bread

All you need is some butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, biscuits, a bundt pan and four grueling microwave minutes to spare while you wait for this gooey, oozing deliciousness to cook. The recipe's here.

2. Microwave Quiche

This light and bright quiche in a mug just needs one minute in the microwave. The recipe's here.

3. Microwave Mac and Cheese

We're not talking Kraft. We're not talking Annie's. We're talking fresh noodles and fresh cheese melted to perfection. The recipe's here.

4. Microwave Salmon

If cooking fish in the microwave is wrong, what is right? This recipe involves a fresh salmon fillet, some red potatoes, garnishes and parchment paper as a means to steam the fish. And it's healthy, which is refreshing now and then. The recipe's here.

5. Microwave Fried Rice

6 Recipes That Prove You Can Make Almost Anything in a Microwave
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OK, it's obviously not legitimately fried because that's one of the few cooking methods that lie outside the microwave's abilities, but it's easier to make. It also has bacon. So don't complain. The recipe's here.

6. Microwave Cookie-In-A-Cup

This one speaks for itself. The recipe's here.

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The Right Way to Reheat: Start by adding a splash of water to the casserole — the resulting steam will help keep it from drying out as it reheats. Cover it tightly with foil and in a bake in a 325 degrees F oven until heated through. Make sure to check the temperature in the middle of the casserole — that’s where it’ll take longest to warm up. 


The Right Way to Reheat: Place chicken on a baking sheet or pan, and cover with foil. Revive it in a 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes, and then remove the foil. Continue to bake until the skin is crispy and the chicken is heated through.


The Right Way to Reheat: Heating up several slices? Bake them in a 375 degrees F oven until the cheese has melted and the crust is crisp. Got just one or two? Place slices in a dry skillet, and tent with foil. Heat it on the stove over medium heat until the cheese melts and the crust crisps.


The Right Way to Reheat: Unsauced noodles can be reheated in a pot of boiling water until just heated through, about 30 to 45 seconds, depending on the type of pasta.   Pasta in an oil- or cream-based sauce can be a little tricky to reheat --- if it gets too hot, the oil or cream (or cheese) can separate and the dish can become very oily. In a saucepan, place the pasta over medium-low heat and combine it with a small amount of the fat used when you first cooked it (oil or cream). Watch and stir frequently.   Pasta in a tomato-based sauce can be easily reheated in a small saucepan over medium heat. If it’s too thick (likely the pasta has absorbed too much sauce in the fridge), thin it out with a little water and adjust the seasoning as needed.


The Right Way to Reheat: First, thinly slice the leftovers, for even reheating. Place in a saute pan with a little oil over medium heat until the steak is brown on the edges and warmed through.


The Right Way to Reheat: French fries are pretty difficult to reheat without changing their taste, texture and overall deliciousness. But for the best results, heat a little oil in a nonstick saute pan until it just starts to shimmer. Put the leftover fries in the hot oil and fry until brown and crisp. Remove the fries from the oil and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy.

When to Repurpose Instead of Reheat 

Sometimes it pays to get creative. For instance, you can definitely reheat fish, but the leftovers do much better in new dishes like fish cakes or chowders, or tossed in a salad. Hamburgers don’t reheat too well, either, since they tend to lose most of their moisture the first time they are cooked. Try chopping them up and using them in soup or chili instead. And while leftover vegetables can be reheated in the microwave, they are also really good additions to soups, salads and stews.


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