Mastering the microwave for that last-minute meal
That’s right, I heard the collective sighs out there… I said “microwave”. I’m not afraid to tell you, I’m the master of the microwave… there’s that ‘sigh’ again.
I think the microwave has to be the best invention ever, and yet it’s the most under-used and mis-used. Why? Everyone has a microwave. Most use it just for warming left-overs or frozen dinners and some for storing bread… now I’m sighing… what a waste.
The microwave is an invaluable tool for those of us who love good food, but need it fast! First you have to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the appliance, like any tool. You would not expect your oven to wash the dishes, right? Same for the microwave.
Expecting the microwave to sauté or grill meat or produce delicate baked goods is not realistic. The microwave will excel however in steaming vegetables, baking meatloaves, slow-cooking stews and much much more.
Today let’s talk about a delicious meal that is healthy, kid-friendly and can be on the table in 20 minutes! Who doesn’t love that? Good ol’meatloaf – but this is no ordinary meatloaf. Made with tasty lean turkey, it’s moist and delicious. I’ve added another twist by hiding some good-for-you veggies in it as well. Try it right now… honestly… yummy and so fast and easy.
Remember… ‘love your microwave’… enjoy!
- ½ cup zucchini, shredded
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup tomato sauce, ketchup, pizza sauce, pasta sauce, barbecue sauce or any combination
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients except turkey. Add turkey and mix well.
- Shape meat mixture in a 8-inch microwave pie plate or round shallow bowl. Shape the meat “like a donut” in a thick band around the perimeter leaving a 2-inch empty space in the middle.
- Cover with waxed paper. Microwave at 100% power (high) for 5 minutes. Turning if your microwave has no turntable.
- Pour desired sauce evenly over meat. Cover with wax paper. Microwave on 50% power (medium) for an additional 12 minutes or until cooked to 165ºF.