Monday, February 13, 2012

Microwave Recipes By Sophia T.

Have you ever eaten the same meal at the same restaurant every single day for over a month? For dormies at OES, this culinary experience is the norm, except that dormies have to eat predictable meals in the cafeteria for the entire school year, not just for a single month. However, the dormies do try to vary the flavors of their meals once in a while, but because there are no stoves in the dorms, the only cooker we can use is a microwave.  Most people think that the microwave is just for heating food; they have no idea how magical the microwave can be. I was one of those who did not know the microwave’s magical powers, but now I have figured out some delicious and easy microwave recipes...

 1.     Steam Egg Bowl
Preparation time: 2mintues
Easy level: ★★★★★
1 Egg
¼ teaspoon of salt or ½ teaspoon of chicken soup powder

Fill a bowl or a cup seven-tenth full of hot water (or microwave room temperature water for 1 minute) and mix it with salt or chicken soup powder. Crack an egg into the bowl and stir until the egg yolk, egg white, and water are evenly mixed. If you can, dig out mushrooms (any kind can work, just remember to cut them into small pieces), cocktail shrimp, other seafood or meat (small pieces) from your refrigerator, they would definitely make magic touches to your steamed egg. Mix all the ingredients together and microwave them for about two minutes. Pause the microwave at around 1 minute 20 second to check if the steam egg is tender enough. Then decide if you want to keep microwaving.

2.     French Toast
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Easy Level: ★★★★
1 egg
1 tablespoon of honey
A little bit of cinnamon

Crack the egg and add honey into it. Stir the mixture a little, but it doesn’t need to mix very thoroughly.  Spread the mixture on the toast, and send them into the microwave for four minutes. Bon appetite!

3.     Lo Mein
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Easy Level: ★★
Microwave Time: 12 to 20 minutes
1 tablespoon sesame or peanut oil
I clove garlic, minced
½ yellow onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
2 teaspoon dried ground ginger (not necessary)
3-once package chicken flavor ramen noodle soup
1-lb bag frozen mixed oriental vegetables

In a bowl combine the garlic, diced onion, and oil.  Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, until the garlic and onion are softened, and set aside. In a larger dish, add the 1-lb bag of frozen vegetables with 1/2 cup of water. Cover loosely with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes, until the vegetables are warmed throughout. Drain the water off the vegetables and set them aside. Prepare the ramen noodle without the flavor packet, add ¼ water into it, and microwave for 1 minutes. Drain the noodles when they are finished cooking. In a bowl, combine the noodles, vegetables, onion and garlic (with oil), soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and ginger. Stir well to make sure ingredients are evenly mixed. Return the entire dish the microwave for 1 to 3 minutes, until heated all the way through and warm enough to serve. Serve and enjoy!
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