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What is it that you least want to do when you come in from a long hard day at work? That’s right, switch the oven on and spend the next hour cooking a meal from scratch. Now I'm not saying that cooking food from scratch is bad. Actually, it's pretty good, but the time and effort it takes can beat the best of us after a busy day. Instead, why not save some time and some energy by a look at the options for microwave easy dinner dishes below.
A note on microwaves
Not all microwaves are created equal and it's important to know that before you start cooking your dishes.
Obviously, there are different brands with different features that you can read about at sites like https://senseireviews.com/best-over-the-range-microwave/. But you also need to know that different microwaves have different wattages. That means that they can have anything from 700W to 1100W.
Just remember that the higher the microwave wattage, the shorter time it takes to cook the food through. So adjust your cooking time accordingly.
Everyone loves a creamy risotto, especially if you combine it with delicious vegetables and even a little pancetta. But who has the time to stand over a pot stirring it constantly until it's done? Not me!
Instead, why not have a go at making this divine primavera risotto complete with asparagus, and mint.
The ingredients you will need are:
Rice (Arborio 350g or 2.5 cups),
Fresh chopped mint leaves,
Grated Parmesan or soft cheese.
17 ml (or 1 tbs) of white wine,
Stock, vegetable 850ml (or 3.5 cups)
Combine the rice, and the liquids together and cover. Then microwave on high for 6-7 minutes. After that allow the dish to rest for 1 minute. Remember it will still keep cooking during this time. Then add the vegetables and cook again for 6-7mins.
At this point, the risotto should be ready to serve, so mix in the grated or soft cheese end garnish with mint leaves.
It makes a delicious light dish, perfect when served with chicken and you can even follow it up with these super easy cookies for dessert.
Something else that you can make so easily in the microwave is delicious Mexican quesadillas.
To start, lay of out a single tortilla on a safe microwave plate. Then add your fillings such as cooked mince beef or lamb, chicken, fresh chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese to melt. You can get some more idea of what to include at http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/cinco-de-mayo/g2553/quesadilla-recipes/.
At this point, you can also add in guacamole, or you can leave it out as use it as a dip once the dish is cooked.
Then top with the another tortilla and lightly brush with oil to get that crispy finish. Microwave on medium for 2-3 minutes, or until the filling is piping hot and the cheese is melted. Just watch out that the tortilla doesn't burn.
These are so easy and delicious and work well as part of a larger dinner, or as a lunchtime snack.