With little pre-thought and not a lot of preparation, healthy microwave dinners will become your easy go to, especially on a busy weeknight with little time to prep.
Another huge bonus to cooking with the microwave is that it will remove the need for an oven or a stovetop, so you’ll save energy from your kitchen appliances and your HVAC won’t have to work harder to cool your home.
They’re also so simple that you can get your kids involved as soon as they’re able to use a microwave!
Fresh, clean and quick, these healthy microwave dinner ideas will help you to make meals in a snap:
- Steamed veggies
- Baked potatoes
1. Microwave Pasta
If you thought cooking pasta on the stove was easy, try the microwave!
- Put the pasta in a microwavable container and add water until it’s completely covered.
- Check the cook time on the package. Punch in this many minutes into the microwave, and away you go.
- When it’s finished, use caution removing it out of the microwave, and drain into a colander.
You can add a simple spaghetti tomato sauce, also warmed up in the microwave on top, and add some fresh chopped parsley, pre-cut kale or spinach for added nutrition. Fresh basil leaves are also an easy go-to.
2. Microwave Steamed Veggies
A clean bowl of steamed vegetables after a workout is a great way to eat late at night if need be without becoming overly full.
- When microwaving vegetables, be sure to cut them into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. If you leave them too large, the outsides will overcook and the insides will remain hard.
- Place your vegetables into a glass or ceramic bowl and add a few teaspoons of water.
- Cover tightly. If you don’t have a lid use a small saucer that is microwave safe. The water will heat up and provide the steam needed to cook your veggies.
- Start with 2 1/2 minutes first, and then check them with a sharp knife. If they’re cooked the knife will slide in easily.
If you’re cooking broccoli, it’s recommended to cook it separately as broccoli can cook faster than other root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and pumpkin.
3. Microwave Quinoa
Quinoa is such an easy and nutritious microwave meal that can be ready in minutes and cooked without heating up your kitchen with the stove.
- Measure 1 cup of quinoa and rinse it under the sink to remove residue.
- Place into a microwave safe bowl and add 2 cups of water.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 6 minutes. Remove the bowl and give it a stir.
- Continue cooking it for another 2 minutes. All the water should be absorbed by now.
Serve your quinoa with diced cherry tomatoes, a splash of Bragg’s liquid amino acids, grated carrots and some shredded lettuce for a nutritious, clean vegan meal.
4. Microwave Baked Potatoes
A very simple microwave meal is a baked potato. t
- Take a baking sized potato and prick it all over with a knife.
- Scrub it with water and cover in salt.
- Place it on a microwave safe dish and cook on high power for 5 minutes.
- Flip it over and cook for another 5 minutes.
Split it open and serve with a lashing of butter. You an also add chives, cheese, sour cream or leftover brisket if you have some for added protein.
5. Easy Microwave Eggs
When you’re trying to get more protein in your body first thing in the morning, eggs are a great way to do it. This is a fast and easy way to cook scrambled eggs, especially if you have kids.
- Simply beat as many eggs as you wish in a microwave safe mug.
- Add 1 tablespoon of milk per egg plus a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Microwave them on high for 45 seconds, then give them a stir.
- Microwave for an additional 30-45 seconds. Serve them immediately.
Scrambled eggs are great served with salsa and sliced avocados atop a tostada, or with a piece of toast and a side of fruit.
6. Microwave Rice
There will be no more burning pot bottoms when you cook rice in the microwave!
- Add one cup of long-grain white rice, two cups of water and a pinch of salt to a medium sized bowl.
- Microwave on high, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Fluff it with a fork once it’s cooked.
Rice is as versatile as pasta and can be served with steamed veggies, a side of salad, or tossed with chopped parsley, dried cranberries, and crushed almonds for a delicious and simple rice salad.
7. Microwave Baked Apples
Don’t limit your microwave experiments to only main meals. You can make a delicious, simple and healthy dessert with microwave baked apples!
- Take the core out of an apple, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch of the core at the base of the apple as a plug.
- Stuff the apple with butter, brown sugar, raisins, cranberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, or coconut.
- Microwave the apples on high for 4 minutes. Allow to stand before serving as it will be very hot.