Microwave Minutes

Microwave oven

Ahhhh, the microwave.  A little box that can do so much.  How many of us use it to simply reheat pizza and make popcorn?  Well, here are a few new ways to make the most of that handy cooker!

  • Make toasted coconut-  Spread 1/2 cup shredded coconut on plate.  Microwave on High 30 seconds.  Stir, then cook 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until golden brown.
  • Turn corn tortillas into (healthy) crunchy chips.  Sprinkle 4 tortillas with salt, and cut into quarters.  Working in batches, place between paper towels on a plate in single layer, 1/2-inch apart.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes until crisp.
  • Toast oats for granola without heating up the oven.  Place up to 2 cups of oats in a 9-inch glass pie plate.  Microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring and scraping every minute until golden brown.
  • And here is one just in time for the holidays!  Instead of boiling water for mashers, microwave 1 1/2 pounds scrubbed red potatoes in a large glass bowl and cover with vented plastic wrap.  Microwave on high for 14 minutes or until tender.  Mash and stir in 2 TBSP of butter and 1/2 cup milk.

The amazing microwave–it’s not just for popcorn any more!

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