Dear Lifehacker, I've decided I want to get healthier and shed some excess weight. I'm pretty time-poor, so I'll be mainly relying on diet microwave dinners from the supermarket (Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, McCain Healthy Choice, etc.) My question is: will these products actually help me lose weight? And are they considered healthy?
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A fried allium is the perfect finishing touch. Whether on top of a medium-rare steak, a creamy potato soup, or a gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese (or like, a salad or something), fried onions, leeks, garlic and the like provide crispy texture and salty, umami-rich, slightly pungent flavour. In short, they are desirable. They also just got a bit more convenient, thanks to this microwave method from Cook's Illustrated.
Do you ever have those moments when you just need a warm chocolate chip cookie, but don't feel like making several dozen? I know I do, which is why I am happy to have found this 2-minute cookie recipe from Epicurious.
Do you really want potato chips, but all you have are potatoes? I totally feel you. Sure, you could preheat your oven and start baking (or put on pants and go to the store and buy a bag), but what if I told you that you could have delicious homemade potato chips in just a few minutes using your microwave? Dreams do come true.
The words "mulled wine" most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That's all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you'll need to enlist your microwave.
Baked or mashed sweet potatoes are lovely, but what if you're short on time and have only one sweet potato lying around the kitchen? Turn it into chips! This recipe by Allrecipes shows you how to use the microwave to make some sweet sweet potato chips in no time.
You can use your microwave to cook a lot of things, and crispy fried potatoes is no exception. Before you put the potatoes in the pan, your microwave is perfect for par-cooking the potatoes, so you don't have to over-fry the outside to a crisp just to cook the insides.
It's incredibly easy to indulge in treats sweet and savoury over the Christmas holidays, which is one of the most beautiful and frightening aspects of these few months. It can be a hassle trying to battle the bulge and your demand for chocolate at the same time.
But it can get a little bit easier when you put in the tiniest amount of effort. But it has to be the right amount of effort -- just enough that you feel like you won't want anything else, and not too much so that the process becomes arduous.
Here's how you do it.