10 Must Have Microwave Gadgets For The Empty Nest Mother
The kids have gone to college, have their own houses or apartments, get jobs, families of their own... and what was once "home" is now a place to visit when they get a chance. Moms and dads adjust, take up hobbies, travel more, work more.... and, probably, cook less. Cooking for one or two now, mom probably takes some short cuts and, more than likely, uses the microwave more. Boring? Nope. Not with these 10 gadgets, all user-approved to make short cut cooking fun and delicious. Surprise her this Mother's Day!
1. Microhearth Grill Pan
Who figured that a microwave oven could ever produce nice crispy chicken like this?
Well, it can, with the Microhearth Grill Pan. You can grill meats, chicken, fish, veggies, fruits... and it's great for grilling sandwiches and they all taste like they've been open-grilled. Saves flavor, moisture... time and stress.
2. Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker
Perfect for pasta for one or two good eaters, this Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker cooks al dente pasta in about 10 minutes, depending on the type and size of noodle. It cooks all kinds of noodles, as well as rice and veggies. The instruction book tells you how.
3. Nordic Ware Microwave Brownie Pan
Brownies, coffee cake, corn bread... anything you can create in this Nordic Ware Microwave Rectangular Brownie Pan will be yours to eat in 5 minutes flat! Use your own recipe or a mix.
4. Stone Wave Microwave Cookers (2)
These are not just any stoneware cookers. The Stone Wave, 'as seen on TV,' Cookers employ a special technology that uses the dome to evenly circulate the heat and a 'chimney' to allow just the right amount of air to escape. The Stone Wave surface is nonstick, so you don't need to add extra butter or oil to your cooking. Users say the results are 'gourmet' quality!
5. Best Microwave Potato Chip Maker
Non-fat potato chips as crisp as they come are easy to make with the Healthy Potato Chip Maker and its accompanying potato slicer. You can also make chips from fruits and veggies, all without fat; of course you can add any spice you like. The set includes 3 silicone trays and a recipe booklet. Dishwasher safe.
6. Sistema Microwave Soup Mug
Sistema makes great products for heating food in the microwave and one I sure would not be without is the Sistema Microwave Soup Mug, vacuum-sealed so the soup won't boil over and, like its other products BPA free. Just pour in a can of your favorite soup and zap it!
7. Nordic Ware 2-Sided Round Bacon Rack
The Nordic Ware Bacon Rack is another microwave gadget I would not be without and I get plenty of use on both sides of this version. The deep-ridged side of the pan is for bacon; the fat drips down into the grooves. If you put a paper towel over the bacon while it's microwaving, the fat won't splatter too much. The grooved side is also great for sausages or other foods that need to drain as they cook. I use the opposite side to bake potatoes.
8. Prepworks Microwave Fish and Veggie Steamer
Roasting and steaming have both been difficult to accomplish in the microwave. The Microhearth Grill Pan (above) takes care of the roasting and the Prepworks Microwave Fish and Veggie Steamer takes care of the steaming. Who needs a stove?
9. Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler
Get absolutely perfect eggs every time you cook them with the Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler. Add water to the bottom of the boiler, set your eggs in their cradles and close the lid. Cooking times depend upon the wattage of your microwave; instructions are all included for soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs!
10. Sistema Microwave Oatmeal/Porridge Bowl To Go
How many times has your hot breakfast cereal boiled over in the microwave? To many for me to count. The Sistema Microwave Oatmeal Porridge To Go Bowl keeps that from happening by allowing just the right amount of steam to escape from the vent in the cover. The bowl is great for heating stews and soups too, and it keeps its content hot until you get to work!
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