Whether upgrading pancakes or prepping a healthy snack, these quick meals prove that your microwave is good for more than just reheating leftovers
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1. Place 1/2 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar in a small microwave safe small bowl.
2. Carefully crack egg into water, cover, and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until whites are set and opaque. If needed, microwave for 10 seconds more at a time until eggs are done to your liking. 3. Remove eggs from bowl with a slotted spoon.
(For more egg recipes, check out these 10 New Breakfast Sandwich Ideas.)
Lemon Berry Sauce
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1. Stir together 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch in a large microwave safe bowl.
2. Heat on high, uncovered, for 2 minutes.
3. Stir and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened and steaming.
Give your breakfast an upgrade and serve over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or yogurt!
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1. Place 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 3/4 cups water in a large microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave uncovered on high for 2 1/2 minutes.
3. Stir mixture and cook for an additional 2 1/2 minutes or until polenta has thickened and most of the water has absorbed.
4. Let rest for 1 minute and then stir in 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese.
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1. Spread nuts (like almonds, pecans, or walnuts) in a single layer on a microwave safe plate.
2. Microwave on high in 1-minute intervals, stirring between each interval, until nuts are fragrant and a few shades darker. (Keep toasted nuts on hand, as well as these 9 Low-Carb Snacks to Eat on the Go.)
Mayan Chocolate Sauce
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1. Chop 4 ounces dark chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave on high in 25 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
3. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon chili or cayenne powder.
4. Drizzle over ice cream, sliced fruit, or French toast.
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1. Place 1 cup quinoa, 1 1/4 cups orange juice, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon dried thyme in a large microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover and cook on high for 8 minutes.
3. Stir quinoa and microwave uncovered for another 6 minutes.
4. If needed, continue cooking quinoa in 1 minute intervals, adding a little extra liquid as needed, until tender. (Plus, use it in one of these 10 New Ways to Eat Quinoa.)
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1. Place 4 peeled and chopped apples in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and microwave on high for 4 minutes, or until tender.
3. Blend together apples, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 chopped shallot, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.
4. Serve over chicken or pork chops.
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1. In a microwave safe bowl, stir together 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1 small mashed banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
2. Microwave on high 1 minute, stir, and microwave for another 1 minute, or until oats are tender and mixture is creamy.
3. Top with berries.
Sweet Potato Chips
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1. Thinly slice 1 medium-sized peeled sweet potato with a mandoline. Toss with 2 teaspoons oil, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
2. In batches, arrange potato slices on a parchment lined microwave safe plate in a single layer.
3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. If chips are not crispy, continue microwaving in 20 second intervals until done. (Love sweet potatoes? Try one of these 10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes.)