125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes

Overview

Perform microwave magic in your kitchen.

Typically, microwave ovens are only used to heat leftovers, thaw frozen foods or nuke popcorn. Yet, there are many benefits to microwave cooking, such as:

  • A greater retention of taste and natural flavors
  • More vitamins and minerals are retained for better nutrition
  • ...
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Overview

Perform microwave magic in your kitchen.

Typically, microwave ovens are only used to heat leftovers, thaw frozen foods or nuke popcorn. Yet, there are many benefits to microwave cooking, such as:

  • A greater retention of taste and natural flavors
  • More vitamins and minerals are retained for better nutrition
  • Shorter cooking times use less electricity than a conventional oven
  • Less mess to clean up

In 125 Best Microwave Recipes, Burkhard brings her culinary expertise to this versatile and convenient appliance with outstanding recipes for delicious main meals in a fraction of the time required by conventional ovens.

From the tantalizing Chicken Creole, Beef, Macaroni and Zucchini Casserole to the Salmon Steaks with Creamy Tomato-Dill Sauce there is a variety of recipes for every occasion and taste. Grains and pastas are particularly well suited to cooking in a microwave. Lemon Barley Pilaf with Mushrooms, Asparagus Risotto, Linguine with Broccoli-Tomato Sauce and Tortellini with Basil, Cream and Walnut Sauce are sublime when cooked in the microwave. There is also a wonderful array of recipes for appetizers, side dishes and desserts.

The recipes in 125 Best Microwave Recipes reflect the latest technology in microwaves, while recognizing that many cooks still use older microwaves. Rediscover the easy and convenient way to cook with this practical and appetizing cookbook.

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Editorial Reviews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Excellent results... she has proved the 'nuker' to be a time-saving kitchen buddy.
— Nancy Anderson
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Nancy Anderson
A cookbook we've used twice for Countdown to Dinner [columns] with excellent results... she has proved the "nuker" to be a time-saving kitchen buddy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778800927
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 352,549
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Burkhard, a food consultant, recipe developer and spokesperson, is a food writer for magazines and often appears on radio and television.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
All About Your Microwave

Appetizers and Dips

  • Caponata
  • Honey Mustard Brie with Walnuts
  • Spicy Thai Shrimp Wrapped in Snow Peas
  • Appetizer Meatballs with Plum Mustard Sauce
  • All-Dressed Pizza Pockets
  • Appetizer Meatballs with Spicy Chili Sauce
  • Garlic and Herb Pita Toasts
  • Cream Salsa and Cheese Dip
  • Red Pepper and White Bean Dip
  • Warm Salmon Dip
  • Warm Mushroom Parmesan Spread
  • Salsa Crab Spread
Soups and Chowders
  • Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Chilled Corn and Red Pepper Soup
  • Chilled Zucchini
    Soup with Cilantro
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Feta and Dill
  • Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Soup
  • Lemon Broccoli Soup
  • Mushroom Lentil Soup
  • Cheesy Italian Vegetable Chowder
  • Tomato Clam Chowder
  • Salmon and Dill Chowder
  • Bean and Pasta Chowder with Basil Pesto
Breakfast and Brunch
  • Creamy Scramble Eggs with Ham
  • Quick Scrambled Eggs
  • Egg Tomato Muffin Melt with Bacon
  • Mushroom Cheese Muffin Melt
  • Potato and Red Pepper Frittata
  • Spinach and Cheddar Bread Pudding
  • Cream of Wheat with Dried Fruits
  • Oatmeal with Apples and Cranberries
  • Breakfast
    Couscous
  • Cinnamon Dried Fruit Compote
  • Café au Chocolat
Poultry
  • Honey Lemon Chicken
  • Singapore Noodles with Chicken
  • Chicken Provençal
  • Streamlined Chicken Stew
  • Chicken Paprika
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Quick Chicken Cacciatore
  • Creole Chicken and Rice Bake
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Swiss Cheese and Smoked Turkey Melt
  • Amazing Turkey Enchiladas
Beef, Pork and Lamb
  • Spicy Asian Beef with Peppers and Snow Peas
  • Herb Beef Ragout with Vegetables
  • Beef Cobbler
  • Italian Beef Heroes
  • Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Casserole
  • So Easy Chili
  • Chili Sloppy Joes
  • Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs with Vegetables
  • Herb Pork and Rice with Cranberries
  • Spareribs with Orange Soy Sauce
  • Braised Cabbage with Ham and Cheese
  • Sauerkraut with Knackwurst and Apples
  • Sausage, Corn and Black Bean Chili
  • Lamb Stew with Apricot
Fish and Seafood
  • Shrimp in Red Pepper Cream Sauce
  • Cod with Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Salmon with Creamy Tomato Dill Sauce
  • Sole with Orange Ginger Sauce
  • Mediterranean Sole with Potatoes
  • Halibut with Cucumber Sauce
  • Trout with Fresh Tomato Herb
    Sauce
  • Spanish Fish Stew
Pasta, Grains and Legumes
  • Beefy Macaroni and Zucchini Casserole
  • Spicy Spaghettini with Peppers and Olives
  • Creamy Tortellini with Basil and Walnut Sauce
  • Tuna Mushroom Bake
  • Quick Vegetable Lasagna
  • Chicken Penne Casserole with Broccoli
  • Fusilli with Ricotta and Spinach
  • Linguine with Shrimp, Asparagus and Mushrooms
  • Homespun Macaroni and Cheese
  • Risotto with Parmesan
  • Brown Rice Pilaf with Black Olives and Feta
  • Mushroom Rice Pilaf
  • Potato and Chickpea Chili
  • Easy Baked Beans
  • Chili Black Bean Wraps
  • Curried Lentil Stew with
    Vegetables
  • Vegetable Barely Casserole
  • Italian Couscous with Zucchini and Red Pepper
  • Bulgur Pilaf with Apple and Cilantro
  • Creamy Polenta
Vegetables and Salads
  • Baked Potatoes with Broccoli Cheese Sauce
  • Tuna-Stuffed Potatoes
  • Baked Pizza Potatoes
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlic and Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli with Orange Sauce
  • Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cheese Sauce
  • Stewed Zucchini and Red Pepper
  • Rutabaga with Parmesan Crumb Topping
  • Company Vegetables with Toasted Almonds
  • Creamed Corn with Chives
  • Orange
    Ginger Carrots
  • Asian Vegetable Medley
  • Red Cabbage with Apples
  • Fennel with Tomatoes and Black Olives
  • Summer Vegetables with Basil
  • Honey Acorn Squash
  • Couscous Salad with Orange and Basil
  • Creamy Green Bean Salad
  • Potato Dill Salad
  • Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
  • Curried Basmati Rice and Apple Salad
  • Warm Zucchini Salad with Parmesan
  • Asparagus Salad with Gorgonzola
  • Warm Snow Pea and Red Pepper Salad
Sauces (Savory and Sweet)
  • Hot! Barbecue Sauce
  • Curry Peach Basting Sauce
  • Sweet-and-Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Satay Peanut
    Sauce
  • Cranapple Sauce
  • Maple Rum Sauce
  • Raspberry Sauce
  • Vanilla Custard Sauce
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce
  • Maple Walnut Sauce
  • Rhubarb Orange Sauce
  • Lemon Curd
Desserts
  • Raspberry Pear Trifle with Chocolate
  • Strawberry Mousse Pie
  • Lemon Cheesecake Mousse with Strawberries
  • Bananas in Spiced Rum Sauce
  • Fresh Pineapple with Citrus Sauce
  • Brown Sugar Apple Slices with Raisins
  • Maple Baked Apples
  • Chocolate Pudding Cake
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Steamed Cranberry Orange Pudding
  • Creamy Rice Pudding
  • Gingerbread
  • Nanaimo Bars
  • Chocolate Irish Cream Fondue
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Peanut Butter Raisin Crispies
  • Raisin Nut Popcorn Balls
  • Rocky Road Popcorn

Index

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Preface

Introduction

I love my microwave oven. I couldn't live without it. I wrote this cookbook so everyone could come to appreciate their microwave like I do mine.

A microwave is a cook's best friend and has become the most-beloved appliance in the kitchen. More than 90 percent of North American households now have one.

When microwaves debuted more than 35 years ago, it was predicted that they would revolutionize our kitchens and how we cooked. They did not live up to that lofty expectation. Supposedly, we would prepare complete gourmet meals in our microwave oven but lifestyle trends have changed since then to reflect a simpler way of cooking. Unfortunately, that means today's cooks use their microwaves, for the most part, to defrost, reheat and make popcorn. That's a shame. My aim is to actually get you to cook in them.

With the new automated features and the debut of second-generation microwaves that are lighter and less cumbersome, these appliances offer a wider range of cooking possibilities than ever before.

My aim in writing the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook is not to get you to revamp your cooking style but rather to help you make better use of your microwave. If you only use your microwave for a few basic tasks, then perhaps it's time to reconsider how you're using the appliance in your kitchen. Designed to alter the stereotype that the microwave is only useful for defrosting and reheating, the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook highlights the dishes and techniques the microwave oven does best. Whether it is to make a speedy meal-in-one casserole, to replicate a slow cooker when simmering stews, or to use in tandem with your conventional oven, stovetop or grill, this reliable appliance helps reduce the time it takes to make tasty, nourishing meals.

In today's busy households, dinner often plays second fiddle to juggling work schedules, family commitments and a host of activities that demand our time. Yet suppers need to be appetizing and nutritious. With our hectic schedules and frantic pace, it's almost impossible to make a meal from scratch every night. Who has the time anymore?

If daunted by the daily task of getting supper on the table, the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook offers a collection of recipes for fast and tasty meals. Many of these quick dishes are personal favorites I rely on. I've included plenty of easy grain, rice and pasta options — such as Potato and Chickpea Chili, Risotto with Parmesan, and Chicken Penne Casserole with Broccoli — that are a breeze to make.

Helpful hints to speed preparation accompany many of the recipes in this book. I have focused on dishes that require little stirring or attention, or those that can be prepared in a single casserole for easy cleanup, such as Spicy Asian Beef with Peppers and Snow Peas, Creole Chicken and Rice Bake, and Spanish Fish Stew.

Many of the recipes rely on timesaving convenience products found in supermarkets. To help cope with the six o'clock rush, I count on canned stock, pasta-ready tomato sauces, assorted canned beans such as kidney and black beans, salsas, preshredded chesses, the new assortment of frozen vegetables and ready-cut vegetables. All of them come to the rescue and help me get my dinner on the table in a jiffy.

Preparing healthy delicious meals in a flash is also far easier than you think. Many of these recipes meet the guidelines to healthy eating with no more than 30 percent of calories coming from fat. What's more, many of these dishes can be prepared in a third of the time it takes to prepare them conventionally.

Not only will you come to rely on this pleasing collection of quick, easy and convenient recipes, you will start to look at your microwave in a new way — it will become your best friend in the kitchen.

- Johanna Burkhard

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Introduction

Introduction

I love my microwave oven. I couldn't live without it. I wrote this cookbook so everyone could come to appreciate their microwave like I do mine.

A microwave is a cook's best friend and has become the most-beloved appliance in the kitchen. More than 90 percent of North American households now have one.

When microwaves debuted more than 35 years ago, it was predicted that they would revolutionize our kitchens and how we cooked. They did not live up to that lofty expectation. Supposedly, we would prepare complete gourmet meals in our microwave oven but lifestyle trends have changed since then to reflect a simpler way of cooking. Unfortunately, that means today's cooks use their microwaves, for the most part, to defrost, reheat and make popcorn. That's a shame. My aim is to actually get you to cook in them.

With the new automated features and the debut of second-generation microwaves that are lighter and less cumbersome, these appliances offer a wider range of cooking possibilities than ever before.

My aim in writing the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook is not to get you to revamp your cooking style but rather to help you make better use of your microwave. If you only use your microwave for a few basic tasks, then perhaps it's time to reconsider how you're using the appliance in your kitchen. Designed to alter the stereotype that the microwave is only useful for defrosting and reheating, the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook highlights the dishes and techniques the microwave oven does best. Whether it is to make a speedy meal-in-one casserole, to replicate a slow cooker when simmering stews, or to use in tandemwith your conventional oven, stovetop or grill, this reliable appliance helps reduce the time it takes to make tasty, nourishing meals.

In today's busy households, dinner often plays second fiddle to juggling work schedules, family commitments and a host of activities that demand our time. Yet suppers need to be appetizing and nutritious. With our hectic schedules and frantic pace, it's almost impossible to make a meal from scratch every night. Who has the time anymore?

If daunted by the daily task of getting supper on the table, the 125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes cookbook offers a collection of recipes for fast and tasty meals. Many of these quick dishes are personal favorites I rely on. I've included plenty of easy grain, rice and pasta options -- such as Potato and Chickpea Chili, Risotto with Parmesan, and Chicken Penne Casserole with Broccoli -- that are a breeze to make.

Helpful hints to speed preparation accompany many of the recipes in this book. I have focused on dishes that require little stirring or attention, or those that can be prepared in a single casserole for easy cleanup, such as Spicy Asian Beef with Peppers and Snow Peas, Creole Chicken and Rice Bake, and Spanish Fish Stew.

Many of the recipes rely on timesaving convenience products found in supermarkets. To help cope with the six o'clock rush, I count on canned stock, pasta-ready tomato sauces, assorted canned beans such as kidney and black beans, salsas, preshredded chesses, the new assortment of frozen vegetables and ready-cut vegetables. All of them come to the rescue and help me get my dinner on the table in a jiffy.

Preparing healthy delicious meals in a flash is also far easier than you think. Many of these recipes meet the guidelines to healthy eating with no more than 30 percent of calories coming from fat. What's more, many of these dishes can be prepared in a third of the time it takes to prepare them conventionally.

Not only will you come to rely on this pleasing collection of quick, easy and convenient recipes, you will start to look at your microwave in a new way -- it will become your best friend in the kitchen.

- Johanna Burkhard

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