Can Nutrition be Found in the Microwave?
Microwave Meal #2 was a SUCCESS (in more ways than 1)!
I knew I didn’t’ want to get too fancy, but that I didn’t want to do another “egg” recipe. So I did a little research and we tried tacos (though they really seemed more like fajitas to me). My husband is usually in charge of taco and fajita night. He has a very precise way he likes to prepare everything. I get relegated to making the tortillas from scratch (cassava flour). This time, I chose to let the kids have their “cherished” corn tortillas and I used some #sietefoods brand tortillas that we already had on hand. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I was going to pull this off. After all, we didn’t’ get home until 6:40 pm and bedtime is 8:00. But it happened.
Win #1: The cost! My son and I walked on over to #traderjoes while my daughter was at gymnastics and picked up 1 orange bell pepper, 1 yellow onion, 1 package of organic, boneless, skinless, chicken tenders, 2 avocados (for guac) and 1 package of corn tortillas. This whole meal for 4 only cost us ~ $16.00. Nice, right!?!?
Win #2: The chicken did not get overcooked. I’d done a bit of research and chose the method of cooking in which you place the thickest part of the meat facing out (closest to the edge of the dish you are cooking in), put the microwave on 50% power and cover with parchment paper. I also put the chicken over the sliced veggies so that they could steam underneath. Worked like a charm. I put the chicken in for 5 minutes and when I checked on it, it was cooked through, but being a nervous Nellie about thoroughly cooked chicken I chose to put it back in for another 2 minutes on 50% power just to be on the safe side. Thankfully, the chicken did not overcook. It was actually still juicy when I brought it out and chopped it up.
While all that was cooking I prepped the guacamole and shredded some cheese. I then steamed the tortillas by placing them in a makeshift parchment paper envelope for about 30 seconds on full power. We were all a bit skeptical, but very pleasantly surprised.
Win #3: They tasted great. Who knew microwaved tacos could be so yummy!
Win #4: That’s right, the wins didn’t stop there. It was so easy to clean up. So few dishes to do and no mess on the stove, etc. I might just get used to this.
Win #5: The kids got to bed on time. Ok, maybe 5 minutes behind schedule, but hey, that’s pretty good. And let’s face it, not so unusual for a busy afternoon/evening.
What nutrient dense meal are you making in your microwave?
Chicken (1 cup chopped/diced of breast meat):
Protein: 43 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams
Vitamin B-6: 40%
Orange Bell Pepper (3.5 ouncces):
Protein: 1 gram
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Fiber: 2.1 grams
Vitamin C (1 medium bell pepper has 169% of RDA)