By Donna Rivera-Loudon
Many people hesitate to cook meat in the microwave. However, if done correctly it works fine. It is nice in the summer so you don't have to turn on your hot oven. I recommend using a silicone loaf form to make the meatloaf in the microwave. You can purchase a silicone loaf pan in specialty cooking stores. You may also find one at a Department Store such as Mervyns. Silicone is a nice way to go because they are very easy to clean. All you have to do is turn them inside-out to get all the leftovers that store themselves in the corners of your loaf pan. Another thing I like about silicone pans is you can fold them up for easy storage. Hence, they work great if you have limited cabinet space. If you are unable to locate a silicone loaf pan, or simply don't want to purchase one, you can try a glass loaf pan. My only complaint with glass loaf pans is that they tend to dry the meatloaf a little.
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine ground beef, 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce, onion, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir until well blended. Press mixture into microwaveable loaf pan. Spread remaining barbeque sauce over mixture.
Microwave on high 5 minutes; rotate 1/4 turn. Microwave an additional 5 minutes; rotate another 1/4 turn. If necessary, repeat until center is done.
Of course, meatloaf is only part of your meal, but it is the main item. You can also use your microwave for cooking potatoes and steaming vegetables. Use pre-made rolls so you won’t have to turn your oven on to make biscuits. These are just a couple of suggestions of what you can do to round out your meal once your meatloaf is cooked.
Donna Rivera-Loudon microwave cooking recipes Donna has an MBA in Information Technology and is currently a Tupperware Director and CEO of her own company. Visit her website for more
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