Easy Entrees Without the Oven
Keep your kitchen cool this summer by making your dishes in the microwave or slow cooker.
To create Cheddar-Mushroom Stuffed Potatoes, Jenean Schuetz of Longmont, Colorado put together three of her family's favorite ingredients—potatoes, mushrooms and bacon. "I prepare it as a quick-and-easy party dish," says Jenean. "It's also a natural contribution to a potluck. And I serve it as an entree at times with a side vegetable."
"My family digs into this moist, flavorful tuna casserole," says Laura Montoya of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Crisp celery along with zucchini and tomato give it a fresh twist. "When I get home from work and we have to be somewhere else in 90 minutes, I rely on Microwave Tuna Casserole," says Laura.
Colorful Corn Salad is an excellent way to perk up a summer picnic. The seasonings add a bold, refreshing Southwestern flavor that brings people back for seconds. "It's nice to have a different kind of salad to share," says Helen Koedel of Hamilton, Ohio.
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Microwave Hints & Tips
- A higher-wattage microwave cooks faster than a lower-wattage one, so adjust the time that's needed to prepare dishes in your microwave. As a general guide when cooking with a higher-wattage microwave, start with a time that's about two-thirds of what's called for (cook foods for 6 minutes when the recipe says 9, as an example). Follow any doneness test mentioned in the recipe, such as "until melted." Soon you'll have a feel for the timings needed in your microwave. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- The last time I made meat loaf, I added the leftovers to soft tortilla shells along with shredded cheddar cheese. I microwaved them until the cheese melted and added lettuce and sour cream. They were wonderful. —Holly F., Middleville, Michigan.
- When your microwave is caked with dried, hardened food, boil a cup of water in the microwave and let it sit inside for a few minutes with the door shut. You'll be able to wipe the oven clean without scrubbing. —Connie S., Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Want to get fried potatoes on the table fast? Pop the spuds in the microwave first for a few minutes before slicing them. This will cut your cooking time almost in half. —Tina S., Council, Idaho
Slow Cooker Recipes
Says Allan Stackhouse, Jr. in Jennings, Louisiana: "I'll have to admit, these ribs are finger-lickin' good and fall-off-the-bone tender! I've made Lazy Man's Ribs for a lot of my buddies—including my preacher—and some have even suggested that I try bottling my sauce and selling it to the public!"
Dreama Hughes in London, Kentucky often relies on Slow 'n' Easy Barbecued Chicken during the summer and fall when she knows she's going to be out working in the yard all day. "I just pair it with a side vegetable and salad…and supper is served! It's also delicious with pork or beef and easy to double for a crowd."
The meat for Teriyaki Sandwiches comes out of the slow cooker tender and flavorful. "Living as we do in the foothills of the Cascades, we frequently have deer and elk in the freezer," says Bernice Muilenburg of Molalla, Oregon. "I sometimes substitute that in this recipe, and it never tastes like game."
"This flavorful, meaty chili is my favorite," says Stacy Law of Cornish, Utah. Texican Chili is so easy to prepare in the slow cooker. It's a great way to serve a crowd without last-minute preparation.
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