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Believe it or not, we made this in the microwave...
The chicken breast was rubbed in spices then cooked in the microwave. The noodles were also cooked in the microwave in a miso broth, then put together with the rest of the ingredients. The whole thing took a matter of minutes to cook. See recipe.
With many of us leading increasingly busy lives with much less time to spend in the kitchen than previous generations, finding faster ways to feed your family healthy and nutritious meals has never been more difficult. But have you ever thought about using your microwave to cook healthy food quickly?
Try as we might, all too often the modern pace of life means eating well takes second place to convenience, and with more ready meals flooding the market these days, there’s never been a better time to reinvent the microwave meal to meet the demands of 21st century living. Forget high fat, high salt ready meals, our latest range of microwave accessories will change the way you use your microwave for good, making it easier than ever to enjoy nutritious, home-made meals that are big on flavour and take less than 20 minutes to make. It’s so simple – no faff, no fuss... just a fresh way to really turn up the wow factor and make a lot more of your microwave. So what are you waiting for?
Microwaves first came on the scene in the USA over 50 years ago, becoming commonplace in kitchens across the UK in the 1980s when more affordable countertop models offered a revolutionary way to cook. Here at Lakeland, we were pioneers of microwave cooking from the start, developing one of the first ranges of microwave-safe cookware to make this ‘new’ way of cooking more accessible. And though we’ve seen many cooking trends come and go, we’ve always believed there’s so much more you can do in your microwave than just reheat beans – it’s not just what you put into your microwave, it’s how you use it that really makes the difference.
Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson is Britain's leading authority on microwave cooking. She has written several books on the subject and is also Chair of the Microwave Technologies Association. She's very kindly provided us with some surprising hints and tips to help you get more from your microwave.
Put oranges and lemons in the microwave oven and heat on HIGH for 15 seconds – this makes the fruit easier to squeeze and also helps yield more juice.
Fruit like avocado pears, ordinary pears and mangoes can be ripened quickly. Set in the middle of the microwave oven and heat on MEDIUM for 30 seconds. Leave to cool, but use the same day otherwise they will over-ripen.
If you have leftover coffee made with ground beans, keep it in the refrigerator – microwave 1 cupful at a time for 11/2 minutes. Result – fresh tasting coffee – instantly!
Tomatoes and peppers can be peeled easily if they are set on a glass oven-proof plate then heated in the microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute.
Toasted desiccated coconut, chopped or sliced nuts and seeds (eg. Sesame) not only add extra colour but are great for all sorts of toppings. Spread coconut, nuts or seeds on to a glass oven-proof plate. Heat on HIGH for 2-3 minutes until they start to brown. Stir frequently during cooking so that they do not burn. Leave to cool before using.
Tips taken from 'Microwave Magic – The Heart of 21st Century Cooking' by Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson
If all you use your microwave for is defrosting meat or warming beans, you're not alone. But, with this exciting new silicone range from Lékué, it's capable of so much more... you can even make your own cheese!
You might be surprised at just what your microwave can do with these clever silicone containers to help - from fish kebabs to a whole succulent chicken in just 20 minutes, you can cook your way to a healthier lifestyle. Offering a faster, more convenient way to cook your food that traditional pots and pans, microwave cooking retains nutrients and flavour, so not only will your food be ready quicker, as it's cooked in its own juices it will taste much better too.
Perfectly cook and serve fluffy rice in minutes with Lékué’s Microwave Rice Cooker. Making up to four servings in 12 minutes, it has a specially designed silicone lid to prevent things bubbling over into your microwave, and the attractive double-walled bowl will help keep your rice warm for longer at the dinner table. Ideal for couscous, quinoa and other grains too, it saves time because there’s no need to boil water before you start to cook.
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Ideal for rice, pasta, stews, soups, meat, fish and vegetables, they’re so easy to use. Cook an entire roast chicken in the deep one, or like our buyer Veronica who swears by her go-to recipe for good food fast, use the shallow one to whip up delicious salmon with veggie noodles in minutes.
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For quick and perfectly cooked canapés or appetisers from the microwave, this clever piece of kit from LÉkuÉ is the answer. Simply thread food onto the skewers, rest them in the slotted sides of the silicone container, stack up and microwave.
In just 12 minutes you can be tucking into a delectable Spanish omelette or frittata – perfect for a quick and easy midweek supper – with the help of this easy-to-use, double-sided microwave marvel. Use it to cook your fillings first before adding your eggs to finish off with no tricky flipping required, and the hinged silicone mould will turn out a perfectly round finished result.
There’s nothing quicker than eggs for a healthy lunch or speedy supper, and it takes just 2 or 3 minutes to make a yummy filled omelette in this silicone wonder. You can cook fillings in it first before adding your eggs, and its double-sided design ensures both sides are cooked for a fluffy feast that pops out with ease – no flipping required!
Requiring only basic ingredients and no complicated kit, after only 15 minutes cooking in the microwave, which speeds up the curdling process, and 90 minutes resting in your fridge you can be tucking into delicious home-made cream cheese.
Here’s a fun silicone mould that lets you make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, even delicious filled omelettes in seconds. It’s quick and convenient and the finished item looks great on the plate too.
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