The microwave is perfect for foods that have a high water content, including fruits, vegetables, and fish. Follow your favorite recipe for steamed fish but put it in a microwave-safe bag and cook checking frequently for doneness. Just be careful of the steam as microwave cooking can be very hot. While fish is one of the better microwaveable foods, be sure never to reheat these foods in the microwave.
"They can be completely cooked and ready to eat in about five minutes!" Deaner says.To choose four of your favorite type of apple, core them and peel off a bit of the skin around the top and bottom of the hole. Place the apples in a microwave safe dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar then drizzle about 1/4 cup of liquid such as fresh lemon juice, orange juice, cider, or water over the apples. Cover with a microwave-safe lid or parchment and cook on high for four to five minutes or until apples are tender. Cool slightly and eat as is, or top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
"Corn on the cob is a summer favorite in our house, particularly when cooked in the microwave, so that the kitchen remains nice and cool," Deaner says. Place stripped corn on a dish or platter large enough to hold the number of ears you want to cook. Sprinkle each ear with 2 tablespoons water. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper, cutting a couple of holes in it, and cook on high for 2 to 2½ minutes per ear.
"Sauces like cheese sauce and blueberry sauce, as well as puddings, cook much faster in the microwave than on top of the stove, plus you don't have to stand over them and continuously stir," says Deaner. Simply place all the ingredients in a large microwaveable bowl and stir every two to three minutes, until they become as thick as you'd like, she says.
"There are so many ways you can cook a potato in the microwave but my favorite is to make them into potato chips," says Stafford. "Simply use a good quality oil (my favorite is olive oil) to get a lovely flavor," she says. You can also scrub a potato, poke holes with a fork so steam can escape, and microwave on half power until soft for a perfectly cooked "baked" potato.