Busy Mom’s Cooking Hacks: 5 Yummy Microwave Meals That Aren’t Disgusting In The Least

THIS bitch.

THIS bitch.

Please do not laugh in my face when I tell you that I oft use my microwave to cook. Yes, I use my microwave for its intended purpose, like every other schmuck on planet Earth, which is to heat up cold pizza until it is boiling hot and burns the roof of my mouth. I also use my microwave as a gourmet time warp oven that will expediently deliver a once-complicated dish right to my face.

#lordknows I love my microwave. If you’re a regular parent with a pulse, you probably use your microwave all the time. You may present your toddler with a wonderful three-course meal that he refuses to touch for 20 minutes as he stares zombie-like at Sesame Street playing across the room. Once he realizes that he is hungry, his potatoes and broccoli are ice cold, and he certainly isn’t happy. Thank you, microwave, you made it all better.

If you want to impress your family and friends, as is my goal in life, you can make your microwave the main attraction. Sure, the microwave has the potential to completely obliterate any item you put in it if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing—but fortunately for you, these recipes are really easy, so I doubt you’ll screw them up. What I mean to say is, don’t screw them up. Your family dinner depends on it.

Here are five surprisingly-easy-yet-surprisingly-awesome microwave dinners that you can make for your restless family tonight. Save your leftovers and heat them up again tomorrow, and you’ve killed two birds with one stone:

1. This Piping Hot MICROWAVE LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP Will Be Ready In 1.5 TiVoed Episodes of Seinfeld.

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2. Gordon Ramsey Called, And He Wants To Bitch At You About Your MICROWAVE RISOTTO.

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3. My Name Is Betty Crocker, And I Fully Endorse This MICROWAVE RAVIOLI CASSEROLE.

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4. I Want To Shamelessly Binge On This Super Easy MICROWAVE SAUSAGE AND MUSHROOM PILAF.

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5. MICROWAVE + PEANUT BUTTER + FUDGE = Yes, Please!

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You can reach this post's author, Bethany Ramos, on twitter.
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    • Valerie

      Come to my house tonight and we can nuke and eat all of the peanut butter fudges.

      • Robotic Socks

        I’ll be there! Make sure hubby is gone though…

        (… since I don’t like to hear DMB)

      • Valerie

        It’s ok. When I am home, we play what I like. Frank Sinatra Pandora or 90′s R&B Pandora.

      • Robotic Socks

        OK… but I am not sharing any of your fudge with your hubby

      • Valerie

        Yeah. Def don’t want you and my husband sharing the fudge.

      • Robotic Socks

        But if we must, I get first dibs. I hate sloppy seconds.

      • Valerie

        Me too. I like my fudge firm and intact.
        Are we still talking about fudge?

      • Robotic Socks

        I was talking about veg

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        Back on your game, I see.

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        Oh my God you two. I love coming home from work and catching up on all this shit late. I need to make a daily bet how many innuendos Socks will be involved in by the time I get here.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I WANT! I MUST!

    • JLH1986

      I’ve made the fudge. It wasn’t quite like homemade but…for 5 minutes of work and the microwave it was damn delicious.

    • Alex Lee
    • Alicia Kiner

      Baked Potato Soup. YUMMY. I actually don’t know how to make it any other way than the microwave. But then, my recipe came from Pampered Chef with one of their stoneware deals, so yeah. Product placement abounds.

    • Valerie

      And I totally feel like Veggie Fetish chick is saying “Check it out- I’ll bet I can fit this entire head of lettuce in my mouth at once!”

      • Robotic Socks

        Yea, I need to find out more about her

      • Valerie

        You already know everything you need to know- she is hawt, she likes healthy foods and she makes veggie innuendos all the time.

      • Bethany Ramos

        LOLOLOL I love her dumb face.

      • Robotic Socks

        :( Don’t talk about her like that…

      • Bethany Ramos

        Your other half…

      • Robotic Socks

        She’s HOT and likes food!

        I mean… come on!

      • Lackadaisical

        I can’t fault you on that logic, plus racy red lipstick combined with nerdy attire. She looks a little … eccentric but that is better than dull. I am an English woman and so am mistress of forming an orderly queue behind you.

      • Valerie

        Bethy- do you mind giving me your email? :-)

      • Bethany Ramos

        Yes, hit me up!! bethany4goodhealth @ gmail.com

      • Robotic Socks

        So this one you game me was fake?

        4agoodtimebethany@gmail.com

      • Bethany Ramos

        It all goes to the same place… ;)

      • Valerie

        Haaaa ha! She likes me betttter!

      • Robotic Socks

        Go on…

      • Valerie

        We just had a super steamy email exchange. It basically went down like this:
        Val: OMG!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE WE ARE TALKING LIKE REAL BFF’s!
        Beth: TOTES! HOLY CRAP XOXO!
        Val: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bethany Ramos

        IT IS REAL – NOW WE ARE BFFS FO LIFE!! :)

      • Bethany Ramos

        #forever

      • Bethany Ramos

        OH I just had a memory of when I worked at a restaurant, “someone” wrote my email as bethany@wildteensluts.com on a sign-up sheet in the back. I said it wasn’t me, and we had to have an angry meeting about inappropriate behavior. :)

      • Robotic Socks

        Uh oh, if Mommyish has a meeting about inappropriate behavior, I might never be able to leave that meeting

        :(

    • libraryofbird

      Weekly I microwave spaghetti squash. Just jab it a couple of times with a sharp knife and microwave it in increments rolling it inbetween. I use it in so many dishes.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I love spaghetti squash! I steam it in the crock pot too.

      • libraryofbird

        Can you steam it whole or do you cut it in half first? I’m always terrified in going to cut off a finger when cutting raw squash.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I am pretty sure you have to cut it lengthwise – I always do, but I worry about losing a finger!

    • Obladi Oblada

      My husband swears the reasons he married me are my fried chicken, my biscuits, my chocolate cake, my chocolate chip cookies and my fudge. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Eh…I guess I’ll take what I can get. ;)

      • Bethany Ramos

        I want to eat at your house!

      • Obladi Oblada

        Any time. :) I cook a lot except during softball season. I love it.

    • lizinthelibrary

      My favorite lazy day cooking is microwave baked potatoes. Good for days when you’re too lazy for even the soup version. Wash potato, poke holes in it with a knife or fork. Microwave until soft and yummy. 3-5 minutes for a medium potato, 5-7 minutes for a large. I was the hero of my college dorm for knowing that trick.

    • evilstepmom

      Shhh… you can cook eggs in the microwave… and they are pretty darn tasty.

    • courtahhh

      Nooooo, microwaving kills most of the nutrients!

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