In my recipes, I like to include instructions for using a variety of cooking methods. Some people don’t own microwaves, but in a dorm or hotel room, that may be the only cooking tool available. Different methods work better for different people and situations.
Reader Ilana-Davita’s stovetop broke, and in the absence of a crockpot she requested microwave recipes. Here are a couple of simple ones. They all require microwave-safe utensils, like toughened glass, ceramic, or silicon.
Microwave Scrambled Eggs:
Beat an egg with salt and pepper, then put it in a small greased bowl. The egg needs about 60 seconds to cook. It will cook faster and more evenly if you scramble it with a fork in the middle of the cooking time. Cook until just before set. Let it finish on its own or it will be rubbery. Never cook a raw egg without breaking the yolk first, because it will explode.
- 1 cup white rice (200 grams)
- 1-1/2 cups water (350 ml)
Cook, covered, on high for ten minutes. Make sure your dish is deep. Some recipes call for plastic wrap but a glass or ceramic plate works fine as a cover. It shouldn’t be sealed tightly. Let the rice sit for another ten minutes. (Note to Ariela: This won’t burn.)
You can cook just about any fresh or frozen vegetable in the microwave without additional water. Cooking times depend on the quantity. Below are a few examples:
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes: Scrub and prick with a fork. Place on a glass or ceramic plate. Cook on high for three minutes per potato. Large ones will take longer, but turning the potato over in the middle. If you are making a few, arrange them in the middle.
- Onions: Chop and cook on high, covered, for ten minutes until soft. Add to scrambled eggs, rice, quiche, or other recipes.
- Peppers: A fast, economical substitute for roasted peppers. Slice, cover and cook on high for 2 minutes.
- Eggplant: Chop and cook on high for 6 minutes. No need to salt and drain. Remove the liquid later if you like.
Mix one part whole oats and one part water. Cook for 3 minutes for one cup, more for larger quantities.
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