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Ten Awesome, Healthy Meals You Can Make In Your Microwave

Help for the oven-dependent.

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Does it ever seem like your microwave is little more than an over-sized clock that you occasionally heat leftovers in? Unfortunately, many people are unaware that this machine can make their lives so much easier by helping them to prepare nutritious meals quickly. Here are ten ideas for awesome, healthy recipes you can make in your microwave in just minutes.

1. Flaky Tuna Steak

Fish is a heart-healthy addition to any diet, but it can take forever to prepare in the oven, and frying uses too much added fat. Instead, prepare a tuna steak with seasonings, place it in a small casserole dish, cover and microwave for 3.5 minutes. It should be flaky when done.

2. Scrambled Eggs

Are you tired scraping egg residue from your skillet? Simply pour two beaten eggs, salt and a tablespoon of milk into a microwave-safe mug. Heat them for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until done.

3. Breakfast Muffin Cups

For a healthy and satisfying breakfast muffin, just add two tablespoons each of flour and sweetener, one egg, a pinch of baking soda and one tablespoon each of milk and oil. Microwave for one to three minutes and enjoy.

4. Easy Healthy Popcorn

Microwave popcorn is delicious, but store-bought stuff isn't very good for you. If you want cheap, healthy popcorn, just add popping corn to a paper bag, tape it closed and cook for 1.5 minutes.

5. Macaroni and Cheese Bake

In the time it takes to make an artificially flavored mac and cheese cup, you could make you own with real cheese. Just microwave water and macaroni in a cup until tender, then mix in cheese and heat until melted. Add chopped broccoli florets for extra nutrition.

7. Savory Risotto

Craving a bowl of creamy, savory risotto? For a quick fix, make it in the microwave. In a casserole dish, combine a cup of uncooked Arborio rice, 3/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup Asiago cheese, 2 tablespoons butter and 1.5 cups stock. Add garlic, onion, spinach or carrot. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

8. Stuffed Peppers

Hollow out a bell pepper and stuff it with a mix of ground turkey, veggies and tomato sauce. Cook on high for about ten minutes until mixture is done and pepper is soft. Add cheese if desired.

9. Steamed Vegetables

Chop your favorite veggies and place them in a microwave-safe bag or covered dish with a tablespoon of water. In under five minutes, you have perfectly steamed veggies for a side dish. A specialist from Atlas Appliances Ltd says microwaves are excellent tools for those looking to cut back on unhealthy fats, as they can be used to cook food without added oils. A big bowl of steamed veggies is an excellent example of this--no breading, no oils, just vitamin-packed vegetable goodness!

10. Toasted Coconut

Toasted coconut makes a great topping, but making it the oven is tedious. Instead, spread coconut flakes on a plate and microwave them for 30 second spurts, stirring in between.

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