Sunday, March 2, 2008

Microwave Recipes

I so love my microwave. Although I'm dating myself I do remember a time when microwave ovens were not in every household.

Although many folks use their microwaves to heat up leftovers, or warm a cup of coffee, you can actually prepare entire meals in the microwave.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
6 ounces grape jelly
2 tablespoons lemon juice
chili sauce to taste

Mix hamburger, egg, bread crumbs and water until well blended. In deep 3-quart casserole, combine chili sauce, grape jelly and lemon juice. Shape meat mixture into small meatballs and place in sauce mixture. Heat 12 minutes on full power, skim off fat, stir. Heat 8 minutes on full power until sauce bubbles and meatballs are cooked.

BBQ Ribs

2 pounds ribs
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 - 15 ounce can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Place ribs in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Combine remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Pour over ribs. Cook in microwave oven, covered, on level 5 (slow-cook) for 25-30 minutes or until meat is tender and temperature of 170 degrees if reached. Turn ribs over halfway through cooking time. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Tuna Casserole

2 - six ounce cans of tuna
3 cups of egg noodles, uncooked
1/2 cup of celery, chopped
1/3 cup of green onions, sliced
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 teaspoons of dry mustard
1/2 cup of miracle whip
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 zucchini, sliced
1 cup of Monterey Jack Cheese
1 tomato, chopped

Drain and flake the tuna and set it aside for later. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain & rinse in hot water.

Combine the noodles with the tuna, celery, and green onions. Blend in the sour cream, mustard, miracle whip, thyme and salt. Spoon half of the mixture into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish. Top with half the zucchini.. Then add the rest of the mixture, and the remainder of zucchini. Cover the dish. Microwave at high power for 6-8 minutes. Top the dish with the cheese and tomato. Microwave at high power for 2 more minutes, and let stand for 3 minutes before serving.

Garlic Shrimp

1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

Mix oil and garlic in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and cook on high heat for 1 minute. Add oyster sauce, soya sauce and lemon juice. Cover and cook for 30 seconds on high. Pat prawns dry with paper towel, add to sauce and cook 4 minutes on high. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

Audrey :)


Bonnie said...

I looooooooooooooooooooooooove shrimp. That garlic shrimp looks delicious ! I'm so bookmarking that recipe to try it soooooooon !!

capirani said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Looks like you are a Tupperware dealer. I did that for awhile. I love Tupperware!

Alyssa said...

Omg... no microwave? How on earth did people survive?

Kerry said...

Remember those microwaves from the 70's? Those monstorously huge things with the simulated wood skins and the dial timer instead of the digital counters? Great recipe ideas - thank you!

julia said...


Great recipes and advice. Stop by my blog and see what I am up to..Inspiration for busy moms who are trying to balance it all and make great meals. I would like to link to your tupperware store. Let me know. Thanks,
Julia at the Backcounter Buffet

capirani said...

Hey, I like those big microwaves with the timer dials. I don't like the digital timers at all. And I like the bigger microwaves because the smaller ones won't always hold the larger casserole dishes I sometimes use for family cooking. And they are also taller for my big tea mug. LOL Those small ones my mug touches the top of the microwave...YUCK!