Microwave cooking can me a faster and easier way to cook.  But is it always healthy and affordable?

The great invention called the microwave! Suddenly dinner doesn’t seem like such a task when you can just pop a meal in and snatch it out. Microwave cooking can me a faster and easier way to cook. But is it always healthy and affordable? Let’s find out.

Microwave your way to more free time

Everybody loves those quick fixes at the end of a hectic day but is that always healthy for you and your loved ones? The answer is yes and no. There are some microwave meals that have the vegetables and fruits included while other meals may only have the meat.

Though the fruit and veggies might not be there another plus of microwave meals is that they are extremely easy to add sides to. Throw in a favorite fruit cup or grab a banana. The main goal of a micro waved meal is finding a healthy quick way to make that rumble in your stomach go away.

Is fast always healthy ?

Though there are meals that are healthy there are also ones you might want to watch out for. That quick little Hot Pocket probably isn’t going to give you the nutrients you might need. When out shopping, pay attention to the picture on the front of the box or container. If you see green beans, mashed potatoes and roast then chances are it’s going to be a pretty balanced meal.

Really, the “veggies”, in their original state are the best. They have food enzymes that help your metabolism and keep you full of energy to tackle those tasks you have planned for the day. You don’t even necessarily have to microwave or cook them. Just eat them raw that’s when there in their best form and the healthiest. Add fresh vegetables or fruits to a microwave meat for a healthier addition.

Heat up your choices and savings

Budget is a common word now a day, so every little bit of saving helps. Savings is just one of the many pluses of microwaving. It makes it possible for quick and painless trips to the always crowded super market. Not having to purchase multiple ingredients can help to make your wallet that much thicker.

In some cases the ready-made meals might not always be the best bet. Sometimes you might spend more on the meal opposed to buying individual ingredients. Careful planning on shopping day can help keep your budget in check when purchasing microwave meals.

There are also many options to choose from when wondering what to cook with your “high speed oven.” Full meals all packaged up with all the ingredients already mixed together ready to go. Who can beat that!

It becomes an even bigger help when you have children to feed. How often do you pre heat your oven for chicken nuggets for that afternoon snack? Microwave cooking can cut the cooking and waiting time in half, giving you more time to spend doing the things you and your family love to do.

Secrets of the Microwave Oven

Materials for the microwave: No metal containers at all. Suitable containers should be made of plastic -resistant to heat and suitable for food and cooking purposes- heat resistant glass, earthenware, and some china, with no metal ornaments.

Check it up: How to check if a container can be used for microwave work? Place it empty in the microwave and heat on high for 20 seconds. It should be cold or not warmer than the hand.

Hydrate fruit fast: Forgot to soak the fruit for your recipe? It is easy to hydrate raisins, dries apricots or prunes. It can be done in minutes. Place the fruit in a container suitable for the microwave, cover with water and microwave on high. About 2 minutes will do for raisins, dried figs or apricots may need 7-8 minutes - it will depend on the quantity, size and how dry they are. Don't use this method if your prunes still have the pit, it could explode.