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5 Gourmet Dishes That Prove The Microwave Is Your Best Friend

No TV dinner should get in between man and his microwave.
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Admit it: Just like any loving affair, your relationship with the microwave has had its ups and downs, yet you still consider it as one of the most important anchors in your life. You can live without it, but you choose not to, because it makes your life easier. That tiny ding makes you smile, and your relationship doesn’t even take much effort from both parties. This relationship offers you sustenance, and that’s exactly all you need in life. You get the point.

A quick Google search provides answers to all the myths that surround this amazing appliance. No, it’s not as damaging to your health as you think. (You can stop worrying about its radiation, but if you must, you can still stay six feet away.) And no, it does not alter the nutritional benefits of your food. In the meantime, you can cut down cooking time so that you have more time to actually enjoy your meal with your (real) loved one. 

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The microwave can do absolute wonders beyond just heating up already-cooked food. As any man who's lived alone should know, the microwave can be the most useful, versatile, life-saving kitchen appliance you have. The limit is your imagination.

Morning Glory: Ham and Mushroom Quiche

Combine egg, milk, butter, cheese, mushroom pieces, mushrooms, and cut up bread in a bowl. Transfet to a microwave-safe shallow bowl or even a mug and nuke for about 1 minute or until the mixture is just set. Let stand to set fully. Sprinkle with chopped parsley for good measure.


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Viva Italia: Parmesan Risotto

Heat up olive oil, garlic, and onion a microwave-safe dish. Add risotto rice and broth (heated via the microwave, too); nuke for about 2 minutes. Check the texture of your rice, then repeat adding broth and nuking your dish until perfectly al dente. Mix in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper.


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Instant Gratification: Chorizo Chow Mein

Combine instant noodles (yes, the ones from packets) and hot water in a bowl. Nuke for about 2 to 4 minutes or until al dente; set aside. Boil chorizo Macao in water in the microwave as well. Slice and set aside. Steam mixed vegetables, broccoli, and cauliflower florets in the microwave, too. Season noodles with your choice of spices and toss together with chorizo and vegetables.


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Mighty Meat: BBQ Ribs

Combine ribs and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Nuke for about 10 minutes. Remove water. Brush ribs with barbeque sauce. Nuke for 10 minutes. Turn ribs, brush with more barbeque sauce, and nuke for another 5 to 10 minutes or until completely cooked.


Sweet Ending: Nutty Chocolate Cookie in a Cup

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Mix together a pat of butter, a spoon of sugar, vanilla, and salt in a mug. Add an egg yolk and mix well. Add 3 spoonfuls of flour, chocolate pieces, and chopped pecans; mix until well combined. Nuke for 40 to 60 seconds and serve immediately.


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