Quick and Healthy Microwave-less Recipes, Nutrients Included!

So you’ve been dared to rid your kitchen of your microwave. Now what? We’re here to help you through this difficult transition from appliance-dependent to good old-fashioned cooking. It might take more than 60 seconds, but we promise these substitutes for your favorite microwave treats are so easy and so much better for you; you’ll forget all about old hums-a-lot. Trust us, you won’t miss the sound or the rubbery texture, and you definitely won’t miss the dreaded splatter situation. Start thinking of what you’ll do with all that extra counter space!

Popcorn

One of our favorite couch snacks, microwave popcorn, contains chemicals that are probably scarier than that horror movie you’re watching. With only a large pot with a lid, oil (grapeseed oil works great) and popcorn kernels – you’ll be popping in no time.  Try seasoning with salt and pepper, chopped fresh herbs, grated Parmesan, and smoked Spanish paprika instead of butter for healthy snack with all the pop! Bon Appetit has a complete tutorial.

Heating up leftovers

Many of us do cook. We cook so much we even have leftovers. Or we bring home leftovers after dining out. Either way, food from every night of the week can start to pile up, but there’s no need to waste. You can quickly heat up food by using the steam from a saucepan with a lid and a little water.  Someone’s late to dinner?  Put a saucepan lid over the food and place the plate on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up, although the tardy diner may get a cold shoulder.

Melted Cheese

Everything‘s better with cheddar! But what if you could make your cheese taste even better? Nachos, quesadillas, and other melted, savory delights may be something you rely on the microwave for. If you slow down a second and cook these creamy snacks on the stove, we guarantee you will never nuke your cheese again. Pair piping hot, never rubbery cheese paired with crisp tortillas or chips make the perfect vehicle for all that oozing goodness. Try these healthy nacho and quesadilla recipes!

Frozen Veggies

Frozen veggies are a convenient way to avoid prep work and still get the same nutrients, that is, until you zap ‘em. So while it’s OK to skip the fresh veggies, to get all the vitamins and minerals, don’t skimp on the cooking. Here are over 1280 frozen veggie recipes that can all be prepared on your stove top.

Mac and Cheese

Instant mac and cheese is a comfort food at our finger tips. But there are tons of ways to whip up your own batch without much work, or a microwave. Try Rachael Ray’s healthy recipe for mac and cheese. It’s YUM-O, takes under 15 and its better for you than the microwave version, so it won’t leave with you the mac and cheese blues.

Hot Pockets

A guilty pleasure in a flaky, crusty sleeve. When microwaved, these little treats turn into fire pockets and often destroy your mouth (and aren’t any nicer on your waistline). Why not make yourself something more satisfying and less processed? To fulfill your hot pocket craving, make own homemade calzone. Use refrigerated crescent-shaped dinner rolls and roll out the dough into rectangle. Cut into squares, fill with the pickings of your liking,  lightly moisten the edges with water, fold dough over, seal and press with a fork. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve hot (not hot pocket hot) and enjoy.

Hot Chocolate

On a cold day or a chocolate-craving day, you may go to your microwave to make a little cup of love. You can still use an instant hot chocolate mix, but try warming milk in a double-boiler instead. To really tickle your taste buds, you can get an inexpensive frother and froth the milk. Now that’s a real cup of love. Plus, frothing is fun!