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Eating healthy and being short on time doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. The good news is, you don’t need to be a 5-star chef with tons of fancy equipment and time to make a healthy meal. You just need a handful of ingredients, a microwave, and a few easy microwave meals.

If you’re rushed for time but still want a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, try one of these quick and easy microwave meals. In five minutes or less, you’ll have a tasty meal that will fill you up and leave you with enough time to relax and savor life.

Easy-Peasy Microwave Parmesan Chicken

Serves 2.

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 tsps low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Step 1: In a microwave-safe baking dish, place chicken, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic powder.

Step 2: Add butter, cover, and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until done.

Step 3: Slice or shred chicken with a fork. Cover with cheese and microwave for 30 seconds.

5-Minute Microwave Mac & Cheese

Makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup macaroni, any shape
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsps milk
  • Dash of pepper
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese

Directions:

Step 1: In a microwaveable mug or dish, mix the macaroni, salt, and water.

Step 2: Microwave for 2-3 minutes, then stir.

Step 3: Add the milk, cheese, and pepper, then stir.

Step 4: Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and serve.

Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Nachos

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tbsps BBQ sauce
  • 20 corn tortilla chips
  • ¼ cup pico de gallo
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream

Directions:

Step 1: In a medium bowl, mix together shredded chicken and BBQ sauce.

Step 2: Place tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate, spread chicken evenly over chips.

Step 3: Microwave for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Step 4: Serve with guacamole and sour cream.

Easy Chipotle Ranch Chicken Tacos

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 2 cups corn
  • ¼ cup pico de gallo
  • 8 taco shells or lettuce cups
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 6 radishes, sliced
  • ½ cup chipotle ranch dressing
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced and seeded

Directions:

Step 1: In a small microwave-safe dish, mix together shredded chicken, corn, and pico de gallo.

Step 2: Cover and microwave for approximately 1-2 minutes on high, or until heated.

Step 3: Fill taco shells or lettuce cups with chicken mixture.

Step 4: Add remaining ingredients on top.

5-Minute Microwave Cheesecake

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 sheets graham cracker, crumbled
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 5 fresh berries, for garnish
  • 1 scoop sorbet (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Melt the butter in a small microwaveable ramekin, about 20 seconds. Tilt the ramekin to coat the sides.

Step 2: Add crushed graham crackers and mix well. Using your fingers or a spoon, tightly press the crust against the bottom of the dish.

Step 3: Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl, stir until well-mixed, and no lumps remain.

Step 4: Pour the filling into the ramekin on top of the graham cracker crust.

Step 5: Microwave on high, 45 seconds at a time for at least 4 minutes total. Do not let the cheesecake bubble over.

Step 5: Place in freezer for approximately 30 minutes or until cheesecake is completely cool.

Step 6: Loosen the edges with a knife, loosen the edges of the cheesecake, and invert onto a plate. Or, if you prefer, serve in the ramekin. Top with fresh berries and add a scoop of sorbet, if desired.

Name Your Own Microwave Omelet

Makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/3 to ½ cup filling, such as shredded cheese, finely chopped ham, bacon, chopped veggies, whatever you like in your omelet.

Directions:

Step 1: In a small bowl, beat eggs, water, salt, and pepper until blended.

Step 2: In a 9-inch glass pie plate, microwave butter on high for about 45 seconds or until melted. Swirl the butter around to coat the bottom of the pie plate.

Step 3: Add the egg mixture to the hot pie plate. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Step 4: Microwave on high 2-3 minutes, rotating a quarter turn every 30 seconds, without stirring.

Step 5: When eggs are firm, and no visible liquid remains, place the filling on one side of the omelet.

Step 6: Fold the omelet over to cover the filling. Serve immediately.

So if you are strapped for time , try one of these easy microwave meals that you will absolutely love.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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