5 Surprisingly Awesome Ways To Microwave Your Dinner (Recipes)

5 Surprisingly Awesome Ways To Microwave Your Dinner (Recipes)

There are so many reasons why you might not feel like cooking dinner. It's hard, it takes a lot of time, it heats up your house in the summer … the list goes on.

Takeout might seem more appealing, but what if I told you that you can whip up some super easy meals in the microwave, and nobody will be able to tell that you nuked it?

Here are some outstanding ways to trick your family and friends into thinking you grilled, sauteed, broiled and baked when you really just put everything together into a bowl and hit a couple buttons. Plus, it's also a great method for single portion dinners. Check it out:

1. Turkey and Spinach Manicotti

Wow, so easy and so delicious! Who knew you could make an elaborate-looking pasta dish in the microwave? I sure didn't! P.S. Feel free to use cooked or instant shells and fill them with leftover cooked chopped or shredded meat of any sort, like rotisserie chicken. In this case, you can drastically reduce the cooking time and check on your dish every few minutes, until it's heated all the way through.

2. Lemon-Horseradish Sole

Steaming the fish keeps it tender and moist, while the lemon, mustard and butter give it a bold, fresh taste. If it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!

3. Sticky Pork Spare Ribs

The secret to these sweet, pull-apart delights? Plum sauce and orange marmalade for an easy but excellent, bold flavor! These would be great served with microwave "baked" potatoes.

4. Thai-Style Scallops

Scallops seem like really fancy food, but they're so easy to cook! If you'd rather pan-fry them, you can cook them on medium-high heat in butter, lemon and white wine (or use the Thai style sauce in this recipe), for a couple minutes on each side until they get a nice sear going.

5. Microwave Egg and Vegetable Breakfast Sandwich

Want something different? This filling breakfast meal is good any time of day!