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6 Tips for Microwave Cooking

Our guest today is Leslie Bilderback, author of the cookbooks Mug Cakes, No-Churn Ice Cream, The Spiralized Kitchen, and now, Mug Meals: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways To Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes.

By
Kara Rota
2-minute read
Episode #63

Leslie Bilderback joins us to talk about her new book, Mug Meals: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways To Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes.

Here are her top six tips for cooking in the microwave:

1.) Microwave mug meals are a great option for kids learning how to cook. If young children want to learn real cooking with ingredient combinations, but aren't ready to use the oven or stove yet, this is a great way for them to explore.

2.) One thing a microwave can't accomplish is browning and caramelizing, so use other methods in conjunction with the microwave to make an impressive presentation. 

3.) The microwave is a multi-use appliance. You can cook portions of traditional meals in the microwave, saving time and using less dishes to cook. Steaming vegetables, softening grains, and sweating onions are all great tasks for the microwave, as are melting butter and chocolate. 

4.) Anything with an egg is easy in the microwave! Make breakfast quickly, and get out the door without using a pan. 

5.) Don't forget to soak your microwaved mug in soap and water after you've eaten the meal! Microwaves can cake on ingredients like cheese, and soaking makes dishes much easier to wash. 

6.) Microwaves can reduce food waste. Use leftovers in soups, chilis, or tetrazzini to reanimate last night's dinner. 

Check out this week's bonus recipes for Chicken and Dumpling and Huevos Rancheros

Mug Meals publishes on Sept. 1, 2015, but you can preorder it here.

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About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.