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Fast Food Redefined
40 Years Ago Amana Invented
a New Way to Cook
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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CONTENTS:
Introduction ................................................. Page 1
Mouthwatering Tips .................................. Page 2
Appetizers and Snacks ............................. Page 3
Soups & Sandwiches ...............................Page 12
Sides ..............................................................Page 18
Savory Main Dishes..................................Page 27
Sweets and Treats .....................................Page 37
AMANA CELEBRATES THE 40TH BIRTHDAY
OF A NEW WAY TO COOK
When Amana invented the countertop microwave in 1967,
who knew at the time that one day 95 percent of American
homes would have one1? Today, the microwave is firmly
established as a can’t-live-without household appliance.
To celebrate 40 years of microwave cooking, Amana
combed its archive for the all-time favorite microwave
recipes it’s collected over the years. Fast Food Redefined:
40 Years Ago Amana Invented a New Way to Cook lets you
save more time than ever while exploring new and clever
cooking possibilities and proves that microwaves can do
more than reheat and defrost.
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SDA Cooking Habits and Practices, 2003
All recipes contained in this book were created and tested by
the staff of the Amana Refrigeration, Inc.
®Registered trademark/™Trademark of Maytag Corporation or
its related companies.
©2007 Maytag Corporation. All rights reserved
INTRODUCTION
1967 Amana® Microwave Oven
The Amana microwave cookbook features everything from
global dishes with intense flavors to traditional favorites
that families have enjoyed for years. Many nostalgic recipes
can be easily recreated using, at the most, seven to eight
ingredients. These time-saving recipes are geared for
today’s busy lifestyles. For example, prepare an impressive
meal of Hot Crab Dip, Oriental Pork and Baked Caramel
Apples in minutes. All of the recipes contained in this
cookbook were created
and tested in 1000 and
1100 watt microwave
ovens by a team of Amana
trained professionals. For
your convenience, we’ve
also included clever tips,
making the recipes easy to
follow and prepare.
2007 Amana® Microwave Oven
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MOUTHWATERING TIPS
Look for these icons throughout the cookbook to find
helpful hints for making a delicious dish.
Cook’s Tips
Amana tips make microwave cooking easy and fun. General Cook’s
Tips are offered at the beginning of each section to assist you with
making amazing dishes.
Cookware Tips
Use microwave-safe dishes. Dishes made with non-metallic materials
such as glass, glass-ceramic, paper or plastic are generally safe for use.
Use the recommended dish. Each recipe specifies a recommended dish
size and type to ensure successful results.
Microwave Tips
Use the power level specified. Many foods cook well at full microwave
power. However, some foods may cook better at lower power levels.
All recipes specify the recommended power level.
Cover food to keep it moist and prevent spattering. Always use
the type of cover recommended in the recipe. Glass and microwaveapproved plastic wrap, vented on one corner, holds in the most
moisture. Use waxed paper for a loose-fitting cover that allows some
moisture to escape. Use microwave-safe paper towels to prevent
sogginess on the bottom and moisture on the top of heated baked goods.
Timing Tips
Always cook food for the minimum recommended amount of time.
You can always add more time if needed.
Adjust cooking time if you adjust the recipe size. When doubling
a recipe, increase the cooking time by a little more than half the time
called for by the original recipe. When cooking smaller amounts of
food, decrease the cooking time by slightly less than half and check for
doneness to see if more time is needed.
Ingredient Tips
Use the same type of ingredients recommended and measure
carefully. Throughout the cookbook tips will recommend substitutions
which will not alter cooking times or results.
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APPETIZERS AND SNACKS
Whether you’re planning the
prelude to a complete meal or
just want something to nibble
on, it’s easy to prepare appetizers
and snacks in your microwave oven.
With a variety of options ranging
from Hot Crab Spread to Crunchy
Nibble Mix, you can quickly satisfy
any craving. Updated recipes
featuring fresh and ready-prepared
ingredients make preparation time
faster than ever.
Crunchy Nibble Mix and Spinach Dip in Bread Boat
Cook’s Tip
If you use a larger dish than what is recommended in a
recipe, cooking time may be slightly less due to greater
surface exposure to the microwaves.
Cook’s Tip
Foods containing high amounts of fat or sugar heat very quickly.
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RECIPE
CRUNCHY NIBBLE MIX
All snack-time favorites are combined in this crunchy snack mix. It’s great to
take along when heading out to watch a game or to share at a family picnic!
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2
2
1
1/4
2
1
2
cups toasted corn cereal squares
cups popped popcorn
cups mini pretzels
can (11.5 oz.) mixed nuts
cup (1/2 stick) butter
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
tablespoon seasoning salt
cups sweetened dried cranberries
1. Place clean paper towels over large cooling rack; set aside. In large
2-1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl, combine cereal, popcorn, pretzels
and nuts; set aside.
2. Place butter in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH,
30-60 seconds or until melted. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and
seasoning salt. Drizzle over cereal mixture; mix gently to coat.
3. Place cereal mixture in microwave. Microwave on HIGH, 4 minutes,
stirring after 2 minutes. Turn cereal mixture onto paper towels, spreading
evenly. Cool completely. Transfer cereal mixture to large serving bowl.
Stir in cranberries.
Makes about 9 cups.
Cookware Tip
Spreading cereal mixture over paper towels will help absorb moisture,
avoiding a soggy mix. Placing the paper towels over a cooling rack allows
for air circulation and faster cooling time. Store cooled cereal mix in large
airtight containers, or in resealable plastic storage bags.
Cookware Tip
Choose a wide-rimmed, microwave-safe bowl to prepare this mixture to
allow for easy stirring.
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SPINACH DIP IN BREAD BOAT
This is an all-time favorite, and so delicious – you need to be prepared
to make another!
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1
4
1
1/2
1/2
2
1/2
1
package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach
package (8 oz.) cream cheese
slices ready-cooked bacon, chopped
can (5-1/2 oz.) diced water chestnuts, drained
cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese
cup mayonnaise
tablespoons finely chopped onion
teaspoon chopped garlic
loaf (about 1 lb.) bread, unsliced
1. Remove spinach from package. Place spinach in 1-quart microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly; drain and squeeze
spinach to remove any remaining liquid. Return spinach to bowl.
2. To soften cream cheese, place on microwave-safe dish. Microwave on
HIGH, 30-40 seconds or until softened. Add cream cheese and remaining
ingredients (except for bread) to spinach in bowl; mix well. Microwave on
HIGH, 2-3 minutes, stirring once or until mixture is heated through.
3. Using bread knife, slice off top of bread loaf. Hollow out loaf, reserving
bread. Slice reserved bread into cubes. Spoon spinach mixture into loaf.
Serve warm with bread cubes.
Makes 10-12 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Chopped garlic is widely available in jars, and can be found in the produce
section of supermarkets.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for chopped garlic.
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FIESTA NACHO DIP
This dip is quick and easy to make. Great for pulling together when watching
your favorite team on the television!
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1
1/2
1/4
1
1
package (8 oz.) cream cheese
can (16 oz.) refried beans
cup chunky style salsa
cup chopped canned green chilies
tablespoon taco seasoning
cup (4 oz.) shredded Mexican cheese blend
Additional toppings such as chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives
or sliced green onions (optional)
Tortilla chips
1. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH
30-40 seconds or until softened. Spread cream cheese evenly in 1-quart
microwave-safe casserole. In medium bowl combine refried beans, salsa,
chilies and taco seasoning. Spread bean mixture over cream cheese;
sprinkle with cheese.
2. Microwave on HIGH 2-1/2 – 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle
toppings over dip, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 8 servings.
Microwave Tip
You can soften cream cheese using the Soften/Melt feature when using
the microwave. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish.
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RECIPE
HOT CRAB SPREAD
This spread is rich, chunky and delicious. Try filling fresh mushroom caps with
this mixture for an easy but elegant appetizer.
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1
1/2
2
2
2
1
package (8 oz.) cream cheese
package (8 oz.) imitation crab meat, finely chopped
cup mayonnaise
thinly sliced green onions, divided
teaspoons horseradish
teaspoons lemon juice
teaspoon Italian seasoning
Crackers
1. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH,
30-40 seconds or until softened.
2. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, crab meat, mayonnaise,
3 tablespoons green onion, horseradish, lemon juice and seasoning.
Spread mixture into 6-inch round microwave-safe casserole. Microwave
on HIGH, 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle remaining green
onion over top. Serve with crackers.
Makes 8 servings.
Microwave Tip
You can soften cream cheese using the Soften/Melt feature when using
the microwave. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish.
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RECIPE
SNAPPY GLAZED MEATBALLS
Not only are these meatballs snappy to make – they’re saucy!! These favorites
will take front row on any buffet table.
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1
1/3
1
2
1/2
1/4
1/4
1
pound lean ground beef or combination of pork and beef
cup chili sauce, divided
cup fresh bread crumbs
egg
tablespoons finely chopped onion
teaspoon chopped garlic
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
cup grape jelly
1. In medium bowl, combine beef, 1/4 cup chili sauce, bread crumbs, egg,
onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Shape meat mixture into 1-inch round balls.
2. Arrange meatballs in 10-inch round microwave-safe casserole. Cover with
plastic wrap, leaving a corner open to vent steam. Microwave on HIGH, 1012 minutes or until no longer pink, turning meatballs once after 4 minutes.
Remove from microwave; drain away any juices or liquids.
3. Combine remaining chili sauce and jelly in small bowl. Spoon sauce evenly
over meatballs. Microwave on HIGH, 3 minutes, stirring once to coat, until
heated through. Serve immediately.
Makes about 30 meatballs.
Cookware Tip
Remember that casseroles and dishes will be hot at the end of cooking.
Always use an oven mitt or pad to remove casseroles and dishes from the
microwave.
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SPICY BROCCOLI SPREAD
This classic dip has been updated with fresh and ready-prepared ingredients.
It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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2
1-1/2
2
1/2
1/2
package (8 oz.) cream cheese
cups chopped frozen broccoli
cups (6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
tablespoons finely chopped onion
teaspoon chopped garlic
teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Crackers for serving
1. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH, 30-40
seconds until softened. Remove cream cheese from microwave; set aside.
Place broccoli in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave;
select Vegetables from menu panel. Select 2; push Start. When oven
signals, remove from microwave.
2. Add cream cheese, 1-1/4 cups cheese, onion, garlic and hot pepper sauce to
broccoli in bowl. Mix thoroughly until well combined. Spread mixture into
1-quart microwave-safe casserole. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
3. Microwave on HIGH, 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from
microwave. Cool slightly; serve with crackers.
Makes 8 servings.
Microwave Tip
You can soften cream cheese using the Soften/Melt feature on the
microwave. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish.
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DELUXE SCRAMBLED EGGS
Breakfast is not the only time you can enjoy this delicious dish. For a fiesta
twist, fill flour tortillas with scrambled eggs and top with shredded Mexican
cheese blend and salsa.
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4
2
1/4
6
1/3
1/2
1/4
tablespoon butter or margarine
slices ready-cooked bacon, finely chopped
tablespoons finely chopped onion
cup finely chopped green or red bell pepper
eggs
cup sour cream
cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Place butter in 1-quart microwave-safe casserole. Microwave on HIGH,
20-30 seconds or until melted. Tilt casserole to coat bottom.
2. Add bacon, onion and bell pepper to casserole. Microwave on HIGH,
1-2 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. In medium bowl, whisk
together eggs and sour cream. Stir in cheese and black pepper.
3. Pour egg mixture into casserole. Microwave on HIGH, 3-5 minutes or until
eggs are set; stir every 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, substitute uncooked bacon slices for ready prepared. Place
chopped bacon in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH,
2-3 minutes or until bacon is cooked. Drain well before using.
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RECIPE
SLOPPY JOE POTATOES
Sloppy Joe topping dresses up an ordinary baked potato – great anytime.
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1
1/2
1/2
1/4
1
1
large baking potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
pound lean ground turkey or beef
cup finely chopped green bell pepper
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
can (15.5 oz.) sloppy joe sauce
cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
Additional toppings such as sour cream, sliced green onions, and
chopped tomatoes. (optional)
1. Prick each potato several times using fork. Place on turntable in spoke-like
fashion. Select Baked Potato from menu panel. When oven signals, turn
over potatoes. Press Start. Remove from oven; set aside.
2. Crumble turkey into 2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Add bell pepper, salt
and pepper. Cover casserole. Microwave on HIGH, 5-7 minutes stirring once
halfway through cooking, until turkey is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in sloppy
joe sauce. Microwave on HIGH, 3 minutes or until mixture is heated through.
3. Cut an “X” in top of each potato, and gently squeeze together ends to open.
Spoon sloppy joe mixture over potatoes; sprinkle with additional toppings,
if desired.
Makes 4 potatoes.
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SOUPS & SANDWICHES
When savory soups and sumptuous
sandwiches are the order of the day,
turn to your microwave for delicious
hot foods in a hurry. Spice up your
menu with homemade Southwest
Chicken Soup; put a refreshing twist
on tuna with Tropical Tuna Melts;
or create a hearty Hot Chicken
Salad Sandwich.
Tropical Tuna Melt and Corn & Potato Chowder
Cook’s Tip
Before reheating soups or sauces, stir them thoroughly
and continue to stir frequently during heating. Stirring
liquids distributes the heat and allows for a good blend.
Cook‘s Tip
Turning foods during cooking ensures they cook quickly
and evenly. Turn foods over from top to bottom.
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TROPICAL TUNA MELTS
These open-face tuna sandwiches have a refreshing twist using mango, and are
a cinch to make anytime.
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1/2
3
2
2
can (6 oz.) tuna, drained
cup finely chopped mango
tablespoons mayonnaise
slices bread
slices Swiss cheese
1. In medium bowl, combine tuna, mango and mayonnaise. Place 2 slices
of bread over paper towel on microwave-safe dish. Divide mixture evenly
between bread slices. Place cheese slices over tuna mixture.
2. Microwave on HIGH, 30-45 seconds or until cheese begins to melt. Serve.
Makes 2 sandwiches.
Ingredient Tip
Use breads such as marbled rye or slices of pumpernickel. Or, if bread
isn’t handy, top over rolls. For a change, try different types of cheese –
cheddar or Havarti.
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CORN & POTATO CHOWDER
This chowder will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Serve with slices
of fresh bread.
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6
1/2
1/2
2
1
1/2
1/4
1/2
medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
slices bacon, chopped
cup finely chopped onion
cup finely chopped celery
cups chicken broth
can (14-3/4 oz.) cream style corn
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
cup milk or cream (optional)
Shredded cheddar cheese for serving (optional).
1. Combine potatoes, bacon, onion and celery in 2-quart microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 4-6 minutes or until onion is softened and
bacon fat is melted. Drain bacon drippings. Stir in chicken broth. Microwave
on HIGH, 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender; stir once after
5 minutes.
2. Add cream style corn, salt and pepper. Microwave on power Level 4,
10-12 minutes. Stir in milk, if desired, during last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
Ladle into bowls. Top with shredded cheese, if desired.
Makes about 6 cups.
Timing Tip
Stir hot mixtures during microwaving every few minutes to heat evenly.
Ingredient Tip
Add liquids, such as broth, at room temperature. This prevents taking
additional time for the liquid to heat.
Cookware Tip
Remember that casseroles and dishes will be hot at the end of cooking.
Always use an oven mitt or pad to remove casseroles and dishes from
the microwave.
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CHILI CON CARNE
Spice up your menu with this hearty homemade chili.
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1
1/2
1
1
1
1
1
1/2
1
lb. lean ground beef
cup chopped onion
cup finely chopped green pepper
teaspoon chopped garlic
can (16 oz.) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
cup water
packet (1.25 oz.) chili seasoning
Additional toppings such as sour cream, diced avocado, jalapeño
slices, shredded cheese and onions (optional).
1. Combine ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic in 2-1/2 quart
microwave-safe casserole. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5-7 minutes
or until beef is no longer pink; stir once halfway through cooking. Drain.
2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and seasoning. Microwave
on HIGH, 10-12 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble, stirring every
3 minutes. Microwave on power Level 4, 15 minutes.
3. Ladle into bowls to serve. Top with additional toppings, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
Microwave Tip
Using power Level 4 allows dishes such as soup and chili to
simmer, blending and mellowing their flavors even further.
Ingredient Tip
Diced tomatoes are now available in a variety of flavors. Substitute with
tomatoes prepared with chilies or roasted garlic and onion to add even
more flavor to this dish.
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HOT CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES
Nothing is more satisfying than a warm and hearty sandwich. These
sandwiches are so easy to prepare that kids can make them for themselves.
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1
1/2
1/3
1/4
1/2
4
cups (about 10 oz.) cubed cooked chicken
cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
cup diced celery
cup sliced almonds
cup mayonnaise
teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
sandwich rolls
1. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients (except for rolls). Place bottoms
of rolls onto large microwave-safe platter. Divide chicken mixture evenly
over each bottom half.
2. Place in microwave. Microwave on HIGH, for 1-1/2 – 2 minutes or until
cheese begins to melt. Cover each sandwich with roll top. Microwave
on HIGH, 1 minute or until rolls are heated through. Serve warm.
Makes 4 sandwiches.
Ingredient Tip
Packages of ready-cooked chicken are widely available in the
refrigerated section of most supermarkets, and are a great time-saver
in the kitchen.
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SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SOUP
Pantry items, ready-made chicken broth and cooked chicken are easily
combined to make this hearty homemade soup!
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1/2
1
1
1
2
1
2
1/2
1
cup finely chopped onion
cup finely chopped green bell pepper
teaspoon vegetable oil
tablespoon taco seasoning
can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies
cups prepared chicken broth
can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained
cups (about 10 oz.) cubed cooked chicken
cup frozen corn
tablespoon fresh lime juice (optional)
1. In 2-quart microwave-safe casserole, stir together onion, pepper, oil
and seasoning. Microwave on HIGH, 1-2 minutes, stirring once, or until
vegetables begin to soften. Add tomatoes and chicken broth. Microwave,
covered, on HIGH, 5-6 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Stir in
beans, chicken and corn. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5 minutes until
mixture begins to bubble. Stir in lime juice, if desired.
2. Cover casserole. To simmer, microwave on Level 4, 10 minutes on power.
Stir before serving.
Makes six, 1-cup servings.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, top each serving with slightly crushed tortilla chips. Substitute
garbanzo beans with black beans, if desired.
Ingredient Tip
Packages of ready-cooked chicken are widely available in the refrigerated
section of most supermarkets.
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SIDES
Complement any main dish or
create an elegant entrée with side
dishes that add beauty to your
table and please the palate. Prepare
smooth and yummy Fettuccini
Alfredo restaurant-style sauce to
serve over grilled chicken breasts or
stuffed tortellini. Add fresh-picked
fruit flavor to the menu with Fresh
Applesauce. Or turn any dinner
into a special occasion with Party
Potatoes made with creamy French
onion dip.
Cranberry Squash, Corn-in-the-Husk and
Fresh Applesauce
Cook’s Tip
Cutting foods into uniform-sized pieces ensures the most even
cooking. Smaller pieces cook more quickly than larger pieces.
Cook’s Tip
Piercing foods allows the steam to escape during cooking.
Tight skins or membranes on foods such as potatoes, tomatoes
and eggs should be pierced to prevent splitting and bursting.
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RECIPE
CRANBERRY SQUASH
The green and orange of the acorn squash and the burgundy color of
cranberries makes this side dish beautiful. It proudly sides with turkey
or roasted pork.
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1
1
acorn squash
can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Pierce each squash several times. Place on turntable in microwave.
Microwave on HIGH, 4-5 minutes, turning over halfway through the
time. Remove from microwave; let stand 2 minutes. Cut each squash
in half, cutting from stem end to point. Remove seeds and stringy
membrane. Place squash in 10-inch microwave-safe casserole.
2. In medium bowl, combine cranberry sauce and cinnamon. Distribute
mixture evenly into each squash. Cover with lid, leaving corner open to
vent steam. Microwave on HIGH, 5-7 minutes. Let stand in microwave
2-3 minutes before serving. Spoon any juices over squash before serving.
Microwave Tip
To prevent halves from rocking, cut a small slice off the bottom half to
allow the squash to sit flat.
Microwave Tip
Squashes such as acorn or butternut are difficult to slice due to their thick
rinds. Microwaving the whole squash for a few minutes makes it easier to
cut and prepare. When preparing any thick-skinned squash, pierce several
times with a fork or tip of a knife. Place in the microwave directly on the
turntable. Microwave on HIGH, 4-5 minutes, turning over halfway through
time. Cool slightly; slice.
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CORNINTHEHUSK
Tender-crisp sweet corn is prepared perfectly in the microwave. It’s an ideal
side to serve with Easy Barbecue Chicken.
4
2
ears corn
tablespoons water
Butter
Seasoned salt
1. Remove outer husks on corn. Carefully peel back inner husk on corn;
remove silk. Cover corn with inner husk and fasten with string.
2. Place corn and water in 10-inch microwave-safe casserole. Microwave on
HIGH, 8-10 minutes, turning corn over after 4 minutes. To serve, turn back
or remove husk and spread with butter and sprinkle with salt, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Microwave Tip
You can microwave corn without husks, if desired. Simply wrap each ear in
waxed paper and microwave as instructed above.
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FRESH APPLESAUCE
The fresh-picked apple flavor is cooked up with a hint of cinnamon.
This applesauce is great when served as a side or makes a yummy and
healthy snack.
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1
2
1/2
large cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
cup apple cider or juice
teaspoons lemon juice
teaspoon ground apple pie spice or cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients in 3-quart microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic
wrap, leaving a corner uncovered to vent steam.
2. Microwave on HIGH, 7-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Using a potato
masher or hand-held blender, blend apple mixture to desired consistency.
Serve warm or cover and refrigerate.
Makes 1 quart (4 cups).
Ingredient Tip
Try using a combination of McIntosh and Golden Delicious apples.
Or, experiment with your favorites.
Cookware Tip
Applesauce freezes well and can be stored in individual serving-size
freezer containers.
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BROCCOLI & SPINACH CASSEROLE
This creamy, vegetable casserole is an ideal side to serve with chicken, turkey
or ham. It only takes minutes to prepare, and everyone will want a second
serving!
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1
1-1/2
1
1/2
1
1
package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach
package (16 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli
cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix
can (10-3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
cup finely chopped onion
cup chicken broth
cup (4 oz.) shredded Parmesan or Italian blend cheese
1. Remove spinach from package. Place spinach in 1-quart microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 3 minutes. Cool slightly; drain and squeeze
spinach to remove any remaining liquid.
2. In large bowl, combine spinach, broccoli, stuffing mix, soup, and onion.
Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray.
Spoon spinach mixture into casserole, spreading evenly. Pour water
over top.
3. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 8-10 minutes or until mixture is bubbling.
Remove from microwave; sprinkle cheese over top. Let stand 3 minutes
before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, substitute cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup.
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FETTUCCINI ALFREDO
Smooth, creamy and yummy describe this restaurant-style sauce. You can also
serve it over grilled chicken breasts or stuffed tortellini.
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1
1/4
1-1/2
1
tablespoon butter
tablespoon all-purpose flour
cup cream
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
cups (6 oz.) finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
package (9 oz.) fresh refrigerated fettuccini pasta, cooked
1. Place butter in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH,
20-30 seconds or until melted. Stir in flour, forming a thick paste.
Gradually whisk in cream. Stir in garlic.
2. Microwave on power Level 4, 4-5 minutes or until sauce begins to bubble
(do not boil). Remove from microwave; whisk mixture. Add 1 cup of cheese,
whisking until thickened. Drizzle over cooked pasta; toss gently to coat.
Serve with remaining cheese.
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Shredded Parmesan cheese is sold in containers or tubs in most deli
sections of supermarkets. Using shredded Parmesan cheese works best in
this sauce, giving it a smoother and richer consistency.
Microwave Tip
This sauce is extremely easy and foolproof to make in the microwave.
Using power Level 4 allows the mixture to gently simmer to perfection.
However, microwaving on HIGH will make the sauce boil and separate.
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PARTY POTATOES
Who says that French onion dip is just for chips? Serve these rich, creamy and
flavorful potatoes, and make any dinner a party!
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1/2
1
1/4
large potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
cup chicken broth
container (8 oz.) French onion dip
cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Toppings: Green onion slices, snipped chives or shredded cheese,
if desired.
1. Place potatoes and broth in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Cover with lid,
leaving corner open to vent steam. Microwave on HIGH, 16-18 minutes,
stirring once after 8 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.
2. Add dip and milk. Mash potatoes until smooth and creamy. Microwave on
HIGH, 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with toppings, if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Cutting potatoes into uniform pieces helps them to cook quickly and evenly.
Microwave Tip
If your bowl does not have a lid, use microwave-safe plastic wrap to cover,
leaving a corner open to vent steam.
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CASHEW SWEET POTATOES
You no longer need to wait for the holidays to have baked sweet potatoes.
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1
1/4
1/4
1/8
1
1/4
sweet potatoes
cup orange juice
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon salt
tablespoon butter
cup chopped cashews or almonds
1. Pierce each sweet potato several times with fork. Arrange sweet potatoes
in a spoke-like fashion on paper towel on turntable. Select Baked Potato
on menu panel. When microwave signals, turn over potatoes. Press Start.
Remove sweet potatoes from microwave; allow to cool.
2. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine orange juice, brown sugar,
cinnamon and salt. Microwave on HIGH, 1–1-1/2 minutes or until mixture
is thickened. Stir in butter.
3. Peel sweet potatoes. Cut crosswise into 1-inch thick round pieces. Lightly
spray 1-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray. Place
sweet potatoes in casserole. Pour sauce over top and sprinkle evenly with
cashews. Microwave on HIGH, 2 minutes or until heated through.
Makes 6 servings.
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SMOKEY HAM & BEAN BAKE
You no longer need to wait for hours for this oven-baked favorite. It is ready to
serve in less than an hour.
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3
1/2
1/2
1
1/2
1/4
1
1/2
1/2
cans (1 lb. 13 oz. each) pinto beans
cups (1 lb.) cubed cooked or smoked ham
cup chopped green bell pepper
cup chopped onion
cup ketchup
cup hickory-smoked flavor barbecue sauce
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
teaspoon chopped garlic
teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
1. Drain beans, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid. Combine all ingredients and
reserved bean liquid in large mixing bowl. Lightly spray 2-1/2-quart
microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray. Turn bean mixture
into prepared casserole.
2. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 10-12 minutes or until mixture begins to
bubble; stir once halfway through cooking. Microwave on power Level 4,
20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove from microwave; let stand
6-8 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder for chopped garlic.
Ingredient Tip
Cubed ham is readily available in 1-pound packages and can be found in
the refrigerator section with packaged deli meats.
Ingredient Tip
If large-size cans of pinto beans cannot be found, use three 16-ounce cans.
Microwave Tip
Using power Level 4 allows dishes such as soup, chili and bean bakes to
simmer, blending and mellowing their flavors even further.
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Your microwave oven is the perfect
partner when it’s time to create the
main event....your entree. There’s no
need to bake and wait with recipes
such as Easy Barbecue Chicken, on
the table in about a half hour. Don’t
even think about take-out when
you prepare Oriental Pork, ready in
minutes. Or, instead of waiting for
a pizza delivery, combine favorite
toppings into Pepperoni Pizza Pasta,
a cheesy casserole that’s perfect
with a crisp green salad.
Oriental Pork
Cook’s Tip
Food continues to heat and cook at the end of microwave
cooking. Cover foods and allow them to rest at the end of
cooking time if recommended in a recipe. This is particularly
important for larger quantities or very dense foods.
Cook’s Tip
If the meat or poultry is served with a sauce or gravy, spoon
some over the food before reheating to keep it moist.
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ORIENTAL PORK
No need to order take-out. This dish cooks up and is ready to serve in minutes.
1
1
1/4
2
(18.4 oz.) extra lean pork tenderloin teriyaki, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
package (16 oz.) fresh stir-fry vegetable medley
cup teriyaki sauce
teaspoons vegetable oil
Cooked rice, optional
1. Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick spray. Place
pork in casserole. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5-6 minutes, stirring once
after 3 minutes. Drain pork. Stir in vegetables. Drizzle sauce and oil over top.
2. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5-6 minutes until pork is cooked and
vegetables are crisp tender. Serve with hot, cooked rice, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredient Tip
If you do not have teriyaki sauce in your cupboard, in small bowl, combine
the following ingredients:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
Drizzle over pork as recipe directs.
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CHICKEN & VEGETABLE CASSEROLE
Zucchini, carrots and celery are served up together tender crisp with moist
chicken and stuffing. A quick and easy one dish meal for the family on the go!
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1
1
2
2
1
1
1/2
package (6 oz.) stuffing mix for chicken, divided
cup chicken broth
lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
medium carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds (about 1-1/2 cups)
ribs celery, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
medium zucchini, chopped (about 2 cups)
can (10-3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
cup sour cream
1. Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup stuffing mix evenly over bottom of casserole. Place chicken
broth in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 1-2 minutes or
when it begins to bubble. Add remaining stuffing mix. Mix well; set aside.
2. Distribute chicken pieces evenly over stuffing mix in casserole. Distribute
carrots, celery and zucchini evenly over chicken. In small bowl, mix chicken
soup and sour cream; spoon soup mixture over vegetables. Top with
reserved stuffing mixture.
3. Microwave on HIGH, 16-18 minutes until mixture is bubbling and chicken is
cooked. Allow casserole to rest in microwave 3 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
Ingredient Tip
For those who are health-conscious, use low sodium chicken broth and
chicken soup.
Ingredient Tip
Prepared chicken broth is widely available in resealable cartons. This
makes it easy to use what you need within your recipes. Then refrigerate
any remaining broth for later use.
Timing Tip
Always use completely thawed chicken when microwaving. Using partially
thawed or frozen chicken may alter times required to cook thoroughly.
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CHUNKY VEGETABLE MEAT SAUCE
Nothing tastes better than homemade sauce. Serve this chunky Tuscan-style
sauce over cooked pasta, and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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1
2
1
1
1
1
1
medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
teaspoons chopped garlic
lb. lean ground beef
can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
can (8 oz.) tomato paste
teaspoon sugar
teaspoon basil
1. Lightly spray 2-quart casserole with no-stick cooking spray. Place onion,
green bell pepper and garlic in casserole. Crumble ground beef into
casserole. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5-7 minutes, stirring after
3 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink; drain.
2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and basil. Return casserole to
microwave. Microwave on HIGH, 5 minutes or until mixture begins to
bubble. To simmer, microwave on power Level 4, 15 minutes; stir every
5 minutes. Remove from microwave. Serve over hot cooked pasta.
Makes about 5 cups sauce.
Cookware Tip
If not using sauce immediately, divide sauce among 1-quart freezer safe
containers; cover and freeze for later use.
Ingredient Tip
Small-size cans (14.5 oz.) of diced tomatoes are now widely available in
different flavors. If desired, substitute 2 cans (14.5 oz.) roasted garlic and
onion or Italian-style diced tomatoes for even more flavor.
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CREOLE FISH FILLETS
This fish dish is guaranteed to please, and perfect for two! Serve along with
“dirty” rice for a perfect Creole combo.
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1/2
1/2
1
1/2
2
2
1/4
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
cup finely chopped green bell pepper
cup finely chopped celery
can (14.5 oz.) roasted garlic and onion diced tomatoes
teaspoon hot pepper sauce
teaspoons lemon juice
cod tenderloin or orange roughy fillets (about 6 oz. each)
teaspoon salt
teaspoon paprika (optional)
1. Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray.
Place onion, bell pepper and celery in casserole. Microwave, covered, on
HIGH, 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. Stir in tomatoes, hot
pepper sauce and lemon juice.
2. Place fillets in casserole, nestling between vegetables. Sprinkle with salt
and paprika, if desired. Microwave, covered, on power Level 7, 8-10 minutes
or until fish flakes easily with fork. Let stand in microwave 2-3 minutes
before removing.
Makes 2 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Diced tomatoes are available in a variety of flavors. If you cannot find
roasted garlic and onion diced tomatoes, substitute 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced
tomatoes and add 1/2 teaspoon of finely chopped garlic.
Timing Tip
A general rule is to allow 3-7 minutes per pound of fish fillets. Microwaving
on power Level 7 allows fish to cook and be flaked easily with a fork,
without overcooking or becoming tough. Always check fish at minimum
cooking time to avoid overcooking.
Microwave Tip
Make certain that fish is completely thawed prior to microwaving.
Cookware Tip
Always use a tight-fitting cover when microwaving fish. Lighter covers
such as wax paper or paper towels allow steam to escape.
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EASY BARBECUE CHICKEN
There is no need to bake and wait for barbecue chicken. Dinner is ready and
can be served in about 30 minutes.
1
1-1/2
(4 lb.) broiler chicken, cut into 8 pieces
cups hickory-smoke-flavored barbecue sauce, divided
1. Lightly spray 10-inch round microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking
spray. Arrange chicken pieces bone-side down in casserole with thickest
portions toward the outside of the casserole. Brush 1 cup barbecue sauce
evenly over chicken pieces.
2. Microwave, covered, on power Level 7, 25-30 minutes, turning over chicken
pieces once after 15 minutes. Chicken is done when meat thermometer
reads 170ºF when inserted in thickest portion of thigh. Let stand
8-10 minutes before serving.
3. Before serving, place remaining barbecue sauce in small microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 45-60 seconds or until heated. Brush over
chicken pieces before serving.
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredient Tip
Always make certain chicken is thoroughly defrosted prior to microwaving.
Microwave Tip
Temperature of microwaved food will continue to rise during standing time.
Cookware Tip
Use a deep, wide-rimmed microwave-safe casserole to prevent juices
from spattering.
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FANCY FISH FOR ONE
Colorful vegetables and perfectly cooked fish make eating solo very satisfying.
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1/4
1/2
1
1/4
1
1
small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds (about 1/2 cup)
cup thinly sliced carrots
cup finely chopped onion
teaspoon thyme, divided
orange roughy fillet (about 6 oz.)
teaspoon salt
tablespoon butter
lemon slice
1. Arrange zucchini, carrots and onion in 1-quart microwave-safe casserole;
sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon thyme. Place fish fillet over vegetables; sprinkle
with remaining thyme and salt. Dot butter over fillet and vegetables. Place
lemon slice over fish fillet.
2. Microwave, covered, on power Level 7, 5-7 minutes or until fish flakes easily
with fork. Let stand, covered, 2-3 minutes before serving.
Timing Tip
A general rule is to allow 3-7 minutes per pound of fish fillets.
Microwave Tip
Microwaving on power Level 7 allows fish to cook and be flaked easily
with a fork, without overcooking or becoming tough. Always check fish at
the minimum cooking time to avoid overcooking.
Ingredient Tip
Make certain that fish is completely thawed prior to microwaving.
Cookware Tip
Always use a tight-fitting cover when microwaving fish. Lighter covers
such as wax paper or paper towels allow steam to escape.
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PEPPERONI PIZZA PASTA
This cheesy pasta casserole combines all the pizza favorites! Serve with a crisp
green salad.
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1
1
1/2
1/2
1
1
1
1
cups uncooked penne pasta
can (15 oz.) pizza sauce
package (3 oz.) thick-sliced pepperoni
cup chopped green bell pepper
cup chopped onion
can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
teaspoon Italian seasoning
cup water
cup (4 oz.) shredded Italian cheese blend
1. Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray;
set aside. In large bowl, combine pasta, pizza sauce, pepperoni, bell pepper,
onion, mushrooms, and Italian seasoning. Turn mixture into casserole. Pour
water over pasta mixture; cover.
2. Microwave on HIGH, 7-9 minutes or until mixture is bubbling. Remove lid;
stir. Microwave on power Level 3, 10-12 minutes until noodles are tender
and liquid is absorbed. Top with shredded cheese. Let stand, covered,
3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Makes 4-6 servings.
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ITALIAN STYLE MEAT LOAF
Everyone loves the flavor combinations found in this meat loaf, so much so,
they will be asking for seconds.
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1
1-1/2
1/2
1
1/2
1/2
1/2
1/4
lbs. lean ground beef
can (15 oz.) pizza sauce, divided
cups (6 oz.) shredded Italian blend cheese
cup dried bread crumbs
egg
teaspoon oregano
teaspoon basil
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Lightly spray 10-inch square microwave-safe casserole with no-stick
cooking spray. In large bowl, combine beef, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, cheese,
bread crumbs, egg, seasonings, salt and pepper; mix well. Shape meat
mixture to form a 9- x 5-inch loaf. Place loaf in casserole. Cover casserole
with lid, leaving corners open to vent steam.
2. Microwave on power Level 5, 18-22 minutes or until meat thermometer
reads 160ºF when inserted in center of loaf. Remove from microwave; let
stand 5 minutes before slicing.
3. Place remaining pizza sauce in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on
HIGH, 15-20 seconds or until heated through. Top each serving, as desired,
with pizza sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
Cookware Tip
If your casserole does not have a lid, use microwave-safe plastic wrap and
cover, leaving a corner open to vent steam. Avoid having plastic wrap
come into contact with meat loaf.
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TACO SALAD
A tasty taco twist! A seasoned beef mixture tops a bed of lettuce, chopped
tomatoes and crushed tortilla chips.
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1/2
1
1
2
3
1
lb. lean ground beef
cup water
packet (1-1/4 oz.) taco seasoning
head lettuce
tomatoes, chopped
cups tortilla chips or corn chips, slightly crushed
package (1-1/2 cups) shredded Mexican cheese blend
Sour cream, salsa, sliced black olives (optional).
1. Lightly spray 2-quart microwave-safe casserole with no-stick cooking spray.
Crumble beef in casserole. Microwave, covered, on HIGH, 5-7 minutes or
until beef is no longer pink, stirring after 3 minutes. Drain. Stir in water and
seasoning mix. Microwave on HIGH, 2-3 minutes or until mixture thickens.
2. Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces; place in large serving bowl. Add tomatoes
and corn chips. Toss gently to combine. Spoon beef mixture over salad;
sprinkle cheese over top. Serve immediately. Top each serving with sour
cream, salsa and sliced black olives, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredient Tip
The seasoned beef mixture can also be used as a filling for burritos or in
crispy taco shells.
Cookware Tip
If desired, plate salad into individual dishes, and distribute meat mixture
over each serving. Top with additional toppings, as desired.
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What better way to top off your
meal than with a delicious dessert?
Using these time-saving recipes,
you can create Heavenly Tarts made
with devilishly rich chocolate...
Marvelous Marble Cheesecake
served with fresh raspberries...or
even Fresh Strawberry Pie, an easyto-prepare treat bursting with fresh
fruit flavor. There’s no need to heat
up the kitchen or spend hours away
from other activities. People will
think you cooked for hours!
Fresh Strawberry Pie
Cook’s Tip
Toast nuts and coconut flakes by spreading them on
a microwave-safe dish and microwaving for 30 second
intervals, stirring each time until toasted.
Cook’s Tip
Fresh and dried fruits can be poached in microwaves either
individually or in your choice of combinations for a quick and
delicious dessert.
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FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE
Fresh strawberry pie can be enjoyed year round! This pie is easy to prepare
and every bite bursts with fresh fruit flavor.
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1
3/4
1
1
1/4
1
lbs. (about 5-6 cups) fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled, divided
cup granulated sugar
cup water, divided
tablespoon orange juice
teaspoon orange zest
cup cornstarch
(9-inch) prebaked pie crust
Whipped topping (optional)
1. Finely chop 2 cups of strawberries. Combine strawberries, sugar, 1/2 cup
water, orange juice and orange zest in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on HIGH, 2 minutes; stir after 1 minute. Combine cornstarch
and remaining 1/4 cup water in small bowl. Stir into strawberry mixture.
Microwave on HIGH, 4-5 minutes, stirring once or until mixture thickens.
Remove from microwave.
2. Slice remaining strawberries in half. Stir into thickened strawberry mixture;
spoon into pie crust. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or until filling is set. Top with
whipped topping, if desired.
Makes 8 servings.
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BAKED CARAMEL APPLES
Even elegant desserts can be made in the microwave. These apples are crisp
tender and served with a luscious caramel sauce. Equally delicious using pears.
1
1/4
1/4
2
1/4
tablespoon butter
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
cup cream
medium apples
cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1. Place butter in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH,
30 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar and cream.
Microwave on HIGH, 2-3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds until mixture
thickens. Remove from microwave; set aside to cool slightly.
2. Cut apples in half lengthwise (from stem end to bud end). Remove
core from each apple half. Arrange apples, cut side up in 8-inch square
microwave-safe casserole. Microwave on HIGH, 2-3 minutes or until
apples are crisp tender.
3. Place apple halves onto individual serving plates. Spoon sauce over apples.
If desired, sprinkle pecans over tops.
Makes 4 servings.
Microwave Tip
If desired, this sauce can be made in advance, refrigerated and reheated
before serving.
Ingredient Tip
Use apples such as Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold or Roma.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, serve these apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Timing Tip
Microwaving sugar mixtures causes them to bubble and rise. Always stir
mixtures every 30 seconds to avoid bubbling over. Always use a deep
bowl when preparing any sugar mixtures or sauces.
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CARAMEL MALLOW SAUCE
Serve this delectable sauce over ice cream or slices of pound cake. Sliced
bananas, apples or pears would make a perfect dipper for this sauce.
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15
1/2
1
large white marshmallows
milk caramel candies (wrappers removed)
cup milk
tablespoon butter or margarine
1. Place ingredients in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave on HIGH, 1-2 minutes; stir mixture. Microwave on HIGH,
2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is melted and smooth.
Serve warm.
Makes about 1 cup.
Timing Tip
Marshmallows puff and swell while microwaved. To avoid
mixture from bubbling over, always stir after every 30 seconds.
Cookware Tip
Sugar mixtures bubble and rise during microwaving. Always use a deep
microwave-safe bowl when preparing sugar mixtures.
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CHOCOLATE NUTTY CLUSTERS
Kids gobble up these fun sweet treats. So make some more, as the recipe is
easy to double!
1
1
2
1/4
cup milk chocolate morsels
tablespoon peanut butter
cups chow mein noodles
cup cocktail peanuts
1. Line baking sheet with wax paper; set aside. Place chocolate morsels
and peanut butter in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH,
1-1/2 – 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted
and smooth. Stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts, mixing until coated.
2. Using a tablespoon, drop chocolate mixture onto wax paper. Refrigerate
1 hour or until chocolate hardens and clusters become firm. Remove from
refrigerator; store at room temperature in airtight container.
Makes about 20 clusters.
Timing Tip
When melting chocolate in the microwave, always stir every 30 seconds
to prevent chocolate from overheating or burning along the edges.
Chocolate morsels usually hold their shape when melted.
Cookware Tip
Make certain that all utensils and the bowl are completely dry and free of
any water droplets. Water can cause the melted chocolate to “seize” and
become gritty or hardened.
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CRUNCHY TROPICAL GRANOLA
This wholesome snack is perfect alone or served over yogurt, ice cream and
even sprinkled over peanut butter sandwiches.
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1
3
3/4
3/4
1/4
1/4
3/4
cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
teaspoon vanilla
cups old-fashioned rolled oats
cup sweetened flaked coconut
cup sliced almonds
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
cup honey
cup dried tropical fruit mix
1. Line a 10- x 17-inch pan with wax paper; set aside. Place butter in small
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 45-60 seconds or until melted;
add vanilla and stir. In 2-quart microwave safe bowl, combine oats, coconut,
almonds and brown sugar. Drizzle honey and melted butter mixture over
top; mix well.
2. Microwave on HIGH, 4-5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread granola
into prepared pan. Cool completely. Break apart any large pieces that may
have stuck together. Stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room
temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 5 cups.
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HEAVENLY TARTS
These tarts are devilishly rich in chocolate – thank heaven they are so easy
to make.
1/2
6
1/2
4
cup whipping cream
squares (1 oz. each) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
mini graham cracker pie crusts
Whipped cream and strawberry slices (optional)
1. Place whipping cream in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on
HIGH, 1- 1-1/2 minutes or until cream begins to bubble. Add chopped
chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract.
2. Evenly fill pie crusts with chocolate mixture. Refrigerate 2-4 hours or
until filling is set. Top each tart with whipped cream and strawberry slices,
if desired.
Makes 4 tarts.
Ingredient Tip
Premium baking chocolate bars and squares are widely available in the
baking section of supermarkets.
Timing Tip
If refrigerating tarts for a longer period of time, remove from refrigerator
45 minutes before serving.
Microwave Tip
If chocolate does not melt completely, return bowl to microwave.
Microwave on HIGH, 20-30 seconds, stirring at end of cooking until
chocolate is smooth.
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MARVELOUS MARBLE CHEESECAKE
This dessert is great to make when it’s too hot to bake. Serve with fresh
raspberries or raspberry puree.
Crust
4
1
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
cup graham cracker crumbs
tablespoons granulated sugar
Filling
2-1/2
3/4
3
1
1/2
1-1/2
packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese
cup granulated sugar
eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
cup semisweet chocolate morsels
tablespoons milk or cream
1. Place butter in 9-inch round pie plate. Microwave on HIGH, 30-45 seconds
or until melted. Add crumbs and sugar; mix well. Press mixture firmly in
bottom of pie plate. Place plate in microwave; microwave on HIGH,
30 seconds. Remove from microwave; set aside.
2. Place cream cheese on microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH,
1-2 minutes or until softened. Place softened cream cheese in large bowl.
Beat cream cheese using electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar; mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla
extract. Pour cream cheese mixture over graham cracker crust.
3. Place chocolate morsels and milk in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
on HIGH, 30-60 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds until melted and
smooth. Spoon chocolate mixture over cream cheese mixture. Using a knife,
swirl chocolate into filling.
4. Microwave on power Level 4, 16-18 minutes or until outer edge is set
and center jiggles slightly. Remove from microwave; cool completely.
Refrigerate 4-6 hours until ready to serve.
Microwave Tip
Use power Level 4 when microwaving to avoid overcooking
custard-like mixtures such as cheesecakes.
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PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
This fudge is as easy as 1-2-3. Make up a few batches for easy gift giving!
1
1
1
3-1/4
cup (2 sticks) butter, plus additional butter for greasing pan
cup creamy peanut butter
teaspoon vanilla extract
cups powdered sugar
1. Grease an 8-inch square pan with butter. Line with wax paper; set aside.
Place butter and peanut butter in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
on HIGH, 1-1/2 minutes until butter is melted and bubbles. Stir, mixing well.
Return bowl to microwave. Microwave on HIGH, 1-1/2 additional minutes.
2. Stir in vanilla extract; mixture will begin to bubble up sides of bowl. Add
powdered sugar; stir until thickened and well blended. Spread fudge
mixture into prepared pan. Smooth over surface. Place a piece of wax paper
over surface of fudge. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares.
Store fudge in airtight container at room temperature.
Makes 24 pieces.
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SIMPLE STRAWBERRY PRESERVES
Summertime is not the only time you can make strawberry preserves. Frozen
strawberries are widely available and perfect for preserves.
1
1-1/2
1
1/2
1/3
2-1/2
package (1 lb.) frozen whole unsweetened strawberries
cups granulated sugar
teaspoon lemon juice
teaspoon lemon zest
cup water
tablespoons no-sugar-needed fruit pectin powder
1. Place strawberries into 2-1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on
HIGH, 3-4 minutes or until strawberries are thawed. Crush strawberries
using potato masher (about 2 cups crushed). Stir in sugar, lemon juice
and zest.
2. Place strawberry mixture into microwave. Microwave on HIGH, 5 minutes
or until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from microwave. Stir in water
and pectin. Microwave on HIGH, 5-8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until
mixture bubbles and begins to thicken. Remove from microwave; transfer
to jars. Seal jars; cool. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 2-1/2 cups.
Ingredient Tip
No-sugar-needed fruit pectin powder allows you to reduce
the amount of sugar added to preserves, making this a lower-in-sugar and
healthier option.
Microwave Tip
Sugar mixtures bubble and rise during microwaving. Stirring mixtures
every few minutes prevents bubbling over.
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WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK
White chocolate is blended with bright, tart dried cranberries and pecans.
12
1/2
1/2
squares (1 oz. each) white chocolate, coarsely chopped
cup sweetened dried cranberries
cup chopped pecans
1. Line a 10-inch square baking pan with wax paper; set aside. Place chocolate
in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, 3-4 minutes, stirring
once every minute until chocolate is smooth and melted.
2. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Spread mixture into prepared pan; smooth
surface. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Using edges of wax paper lift, and
remove chocolate from pan. Break chocolate into pieces. Store candy
between pieces of wax paper in airtight container.
Makes 1-1/4 pounds bark candy.
Ingredient Tip
White chocolate chips were created to maintain their shape while baked.
Use white chocolate baking squares or bar chocolate for best results.
Ingredient Tip
Substitute 1 package (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate morsels for white
chocolate if desired. Place morsels in 2-quart microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on HIGH, 2-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until
chocolate is smooth and melted.
Ingredient Tip
If desired, substitute sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts for pecans.
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