Exam season is fast approaching, so it’s important for students to focus on their work, whilst also trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance, alongside eating well, and exercising.
We can recognise that time is very limited, and the pressure is high.
We have prepared three healthy meals that you can make, using a microwave for under 10 minutes, with ingredients you probably have lying around at home!
The benefits of using the microwave to cook your breakfast, lunch or dinner reduces cooking time, cleaning time whilst also using the most energy efficient way of cooking in your kitchen!
Recipe one – Microwave mac and cheese:
75g of any pasta (preferably macaroni)
250ml of water
50g of cheese (but you can add more dependent on how cheesy you like it!)
2 tablespoons of creme fraiche/ Philadelphia
Put the dry pasta into a bowl and cover with clingfilm. Then, Poke 3 holes into the cling film and put on high for 2 minutes.
Keep with this process until pasta is completely cooked through – this should take less time in our Hisense 900w power microwaves, as they have a higher wattage for quicker, more powerful cooking.
Using ‘step bake’ will come in hand for this, as you can programme 2 or 3 step cooking stages to get the ideal results. So, if you like your pasta al dente, you can put this to good use.
Then add a generous amount of crème fraiche or soft cheese into the pasta, alongside the cheese, add any additions you would like, such as veg or protein.
Add into the microwave for a further 30 seconds to melt the cheese and warm up other additions.
Be cautious, ensure you use microwavable kitchen ware, and keep in mind that any dish you use will get very hot.
Recipe two – Three cheese jacket potato:
Any large potato
Cheddar cheese (to your liking)
2 tablespoons of soft cheese
30g of mozzarella (or any kind of cheese you would like to use for this
Wash your potato thoroughly, and poke all over with a knife.
Simply place into microwave for 5 minutes and repeat until the potato is cooked thoroughly.
We would recommend using smart cook – this way your guaranteed full power for 1-6 minutes of cooking time, therefore much more likely to be cooked quicker!
After the potato is cooked, add your soft cheese or butter first, then cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Put back into the microwave and switch to the grill setting, which will provide a baked and crispy finish to the potato skin and the cheese!
Feel free to add additional toppings dependant on what is available in your fridge, such as tuna, beans or chilli, and serve with a side salad for extra health benefits.
Utilising a microwave to cook a jacket potato over an oven has been said to save approximately 5.93 kWh, according to the BBC’s calculations. * So, save your time and money by using this method.
Recipe three – omelette
Teaspoon of butter
2 large eggs
A pinch of salt and pepper
Cheese (to your liking)
Additional fillings, such as spinach, onion, pepper, tomato, bacon, chorizo and more.
Pop your fillings into the bottom of the mug, finely chopped, alongside a teaspoon of butter.
Put into the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the butter and warm the fillings.
Now, crack your eggs into the mug, and whisk until all contents are even throughout.
Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper and mix through the eggs.
Put back into the microwave for 20 seconds, and mix. Repeat this twice; after this leave to cook for an extra 30 seconds to allow the egg to set. A top tip with this is to remain patient and present, this is easy to overcook, or turn into scrambled eggs.
Remove from the microwave and top with cheese. Put over a tea towel, or tin foil, and allow the omelette to set and cheese to melt.
Enjoy this on the go, whether that be on the way to your lectures, the gym, or a pre night out snack!
Thankfully, Hisense microwaves have a great memory. The memory function allows you to save the settings for three of your favourite recipes (hopefully ones above) so you can cook your preferred meals efficiently!
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