6 Outrageous Meals You Can Cook for the Holidays in The Microwave

6 Outrageous Meals You Can Cook for the Holidays in The Microwave

You might think food cooked with a microwave is somehow less healthy. However, experts at Harvard Health declare that nutrients break down when exposed to heat, whether in the microwave or an oven. But since microwaves cook faster, they actually do a better job of preserving nutrients.

Since the holidays are frequently a hectic but joyful time of year, using your microwave to prepare dishes for your holiday dinner will help make the day easier to enjoy with friends and family.

Holiday Honey Ham

Ham, Microwave Style

While cooking a whole honey-baked traditional ham might prove challenging in a microwave, you can adapt this timeless holiday classic to cook it in the microwave with this creative recipe from Taste of Home.

Their Microwave Potato Ham Dinner is packed with flavor with a medley of veggies, ham, and cheese, and cooks in just 30 minutes.

Homemade Stuffing

Taste Of Home offers yet another holiday favorite – Microwaved Poultry Dressing – that takes only 15 minutes to make with the microwave, and gets high praises.

Holiday Stuffing
Holiday Roasted Potatoes

Flavorful Potatoes

Of course, most people know you can quickly bake potatoes in the microwave, and what would our holiday dinners be without potatoes? In fact, they’re ranked as number one among the most popular of Christmas foods.

Food.com’s Easy Microwave Potatoes use only four ingredients, take less than 15 minutes to make, and have unanimous five-star reviews.

Spaghetti Squash

Yes! You can make delicious spaghetti sauce in just minutes with this outstanding recipe from Chef Alina.

“For years I, like most people, cut my squash the long way and roasted it in the oven which takes about 40 minutes. This microwave hack cuts the cooking time down to 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your squash. I usually do a total of 10 min for a small squash and 14 for a medium sized squash.” – ChefAlina

Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave - Recipe by ChefAlina.com
Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

Another popular holiday staple, carrots are sure to be a part of most holiday dinners. Thankfully, Foodie Crush’s highly-rated Easy Glazed Carrots can be done in just minutes, in the microwave.

Cranberry Sauce

With just three ingredients and in one step, you can have homemade Cranberry Sauce to wow your guests.

Christmas Pudding

There can’t be holiday dinner without dessert. Traditional Christmas pudding takes a lot of hard work and makes for a super-hot kitchen. Thankfully, Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking has a highly rated Microwave Christmas Pudding recipe, that’s ready in an hour.

Tips For Microwave Cooking

To keep microwave cooking simple and productive, make sure you have everything you need in advance. Set out the ingredients for the dish you’re making, as well as the cookware or dishes you’ll need.

Since microwaves cook from the outside in, place thicker pieces towards the outside of the dish to promote even cooking. Be sure to stir and/or rotate dishes that take longer than a few minutes to cook, and always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using any kitchen appliance.