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Cooking Made Easy with Microwaves

Cooking Made Easy with Microwaves

Gone are the days when all you needed a microwave for was to heat up last night’s pizza and thaw a pre-packaged, frozen lasagne.  We encourage you to put your microwave to work and use it to cook some quick, easy and delish homemade meals! Read on for a few of our favourite microwave meals below..

Have only a few minutes left before you need to rush out the door for work and you’re yet to fix yourself breakfast? Make it a good one with a microwave omelette: mix eggs, milk, cheese, chopped chives, salt and pepper in a bowl, add a small amount of butter and any other extra ingredients you like, put the mixture into a greased dish, cover it with plastic wrap then prick a small hole in it, microwave the bowl for 1.5 minutes. Stir, cook for another 1.75 minutes and stir one last time before devouring! If you have a little more time on your hands, why not add a nice side of healthy greens?  Forget going through all the effort required to steam green beans and just pop them into a microwave-safe plastic bag and cook for 2.5 minutes.

Even risotto, the pin-up meal for time-consuming and labour-intensive cooking, is transformed into a cinch when transferred from the stovetop to the microwave.  Simply combine 450g rice and 200ml chicken stock in a large bowl, stir and microwave for around 5 minutes (more or less, depending on your taste)… et voila!

For your finale, try the famous “5 minute cake-in-a-mug”. Combine 4 tablespoons flour, 4 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder in a large coffee mug. Crack an egg into the mug and mix well, pour in 3 tablespoons milk and 3 tablespoons oil. Zap the mug on high for 3 minutes and serve with whipped cream, pouring cream, ice cream or even custard!

If all this talk of microwave cooking has sparked a sudden desire to purchase a new one, check out the compact and stylish Panasonic 25L Microwave Oven, $99. With 9 different auto menu programs to choose from, all you have to do is enter the food category and weight for each meal to be automatically cooked to perfection. It’s finished off with a white acrylic lining, requiring just a quick wipe over after use and the cleaning is complete! There’s also a nifty ‘child lock’ for peace of mind when the little ones are running around the kitchen.

Purchase the Panasonic 25L Microwave from one of our stores or online between Thursday 6th – Sunday 30th June and save $30.

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