Quick and healthy meals you can make in your microwave

Microwave mug pie
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These healthy microwave meals are not only delicious, but they are also easy to make…

The thought of slaving over a hot stove after a long day at work is enough to make anyone take a detour on their way home to their favourite fast food joint.

But why waste your hard-earned cash when you can quickly whip up something in the microwave?

You will be happy to know that mug cupcakes and hot chocolate are not the only things you can make in a microwave.

Mike van Lier, Director of Consumer Electronics for Samsung South Africa, and his team have put together a few perfect microwave meals to fill you up.

These recipes will not only keep you warm this winter, but they are also much healthier than your greasy take-away.

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Mike says cooking some of your meals in your microwave is the perfect way to lessen the time spent in the kitchen, as it cooks your meals much faster.

“Microwave technology has been around for decades, but it hasn’t stagnated – especially with Samsung’s drive towards innovative technology that positively impacts daily life. Samsung’s range of microwaves are the perfect foil to lengthy cooking times, allowing home chefs to enjoy more time out of the kitchen.”

Chicken Mug Pie (serves 1)

Microwave mug pie
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There’s nothing quite like a pot pie to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

For the Filling

3-4 tbsp cooked chicken

2 tbsp frozen vegetables (peas and carrots)

1½ tsp cornflour (cornstarch, or replace with potato starch)

Salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsp chicken stock

1 tbsp full-fat milk (replace with cream for extra body)

For the Biscuit topping

4 tbsp flour

½ tsp baking powder

⅛ tsp salt

½ tbsp butter, cubed

3½ tbsp milk (or buttermilk)

1 tbsp chopped herbs

Method

Add the chicken, vegetables, and corn-starch to a microwavable mug and mix well, then pour in the stock and milk, and stir. Set aside.

For the biscuit topping: Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Using a fork, rub the cubed butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Then stir the milk and herbs in to form a batter.

Scoop the batter on top of the chicken pie mix.

Microwave for 2 to 2.5 minutes, until the biscuit batter is firm on top.

Spicy Salmon (serves 1)

Healthy salmon made in a microwave
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Salmon is filled with omega 3, great for boosting your immune system.

Ingredients

1 single portion salmon fillet

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1-2 tbsp sriracha sauce

2-3 fresh cut lemon slices

1 tbsp parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Rinse salmon fillet with cold water and pat dry. Place it skin side down on a microwave-safe plate. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, combine the sriracha sauce and mayonnaise, then spread over the salmon, then add lemon slices and parsley.

Cover with microwave-safe plastic and cook for 3.5 minutes.