Your microwave oven is the ideal appliance for a hungry teen who is beginning to learn some kitchen skills. Compared to the stove or oven, microwaves are superfast, safe to work with and easy to clean should a disaster strike. Start your teen off on the road to culinary self-sufficiency with a few easy-to-cook foods.
Put a spin on morning breakfast and eggs. Have your teen drop a pinch of salt in a microwave-friendly mug and drop in a few croutons. Grate some cheese, slice a strip of pre-cooked bacon and put it in a small bowl. Add an egg and whisk it with a fork and then pour it into the mug. Add a few more croutons and then cover the mug with plastic wrap. Heat it in the microwave for about a minute at full power until the egg is set. Let it cool for a half-minute. For an extra kick to the morning add some salsa before eating it.
A Warm, Flavorful Lunch
Homemade pizza is both fast and easy to eat. Split an English muffin in half and drop it in the toaster. Slice up some green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni, olives or whatever else you have in the fridge. Dab each half of the muffin with a tablespoon of pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. Grate some cheese over the sauce and then add the toppings. Place a paper towel on a microwave-safe dish and then put the pizza on top. Heat it in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds on full power until the cheese melts. Let the pizzas cool for 30 seconds before eating. If you're not in the pizza mood, take that same toasted English muffin. Layer deli turkey or roast beef, a slice of tomato and cheddar cheese on top of the muffin. Microwave until the cheese melts and enjoy.
Dinner for One—With a Kick
Let your teen explore his appetite for spicy foods by making his own tacos. Crumble 1/4 pound of ground beef in a microwave-safe casserole dish and cover it with the lid. Cook on high in the microwave for three minutes or until the beef is done. Use a pair of oven mitts to take out the dish and drain the fat. Add a pinch of salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and two tablespoons of water. Mix it up and cook it in the microwave for another two minutes on high. Put the spicy filling in tacos. Add cheese, lettuce and taco sauce. If you don't have tacos in the house, rolled up pita bread makes for a fast burrito.
Guaranteed Sweet-Tooth Satisfier
Even if your teen resists the idea of cooking, microwave s'mores will give him a new appreciation for home-cooked foods. Have him place half a graham cracker on a small microwaveable plate. Add a piece of milk chocolate—a 1/4 bar should suffice—and top it with one marshmallow. Put it in the microwave for eight to 10 seconds on high, or until the marshmallow begins to puff up. Wait 10 seconds and then take the plate out of the microwave. Press the other half of the graham cracker down on the marshmallow. Wait several seconds for it to cool before eating.
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