As we all know, Thanksgiving prep can really take the wind out of a person’s sails, from hosting extended family to preparing a meal for several people. When everyone is bustling around the kitchen and running between the stove and dinner table, remember that microwaves are invaluable when it comes to holiday cooking.
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A staple at many Thanksgiving tables, sweet potatoes can easily be prepared in the microwave. To cook anywhere from four to six sweet potatoes at a time, poke a few holes in each one and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Check on them halfway through to make sure they’re cooking evenly (less of a concern if the microwave has a turntable). For a nice sauce over your sweet potatoes, try the following:
¾ cup of brown sugar
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 can of crushed pineapple (drained)
2 tablespoons of molasses
2 tablespoons of butter
¼ teaspoon of salt
Microwave for five minutes and pour over cooked sweet potatoes.
To steam vegetables in the microwave, grab a microwave-safe bowl and add a small amount of water (no more than a few tablespoons). Add the vegetables of your choice and cover the bowl with plastic wrap, making sure to leave one corner open to vent steam. You can prepare most vegetables in just a few minutes:
Broccoli or cauliflower florets: 3-5 minutes
Green beans or asparagus: 4-6 minutes
Carrot slices (1/4-inch thickness): 4-7 minutes
Dessert – Fudge Pie Recipe
A nice holiday dessert is fudge pie, which can also be made in the microwave:
Cook a 9″ pie crust for 7-8 minutes. Set aside. Heat 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. When done, stir in six ounces of chocolate chips until they melt. Pour the milk and chocolate mixture into the pie shell and microwave for three minutes. Garnish with chopped nuts and microwave for another two minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then place in the fridge to chill until it’s time for dessert.
Thanksgiving can be overwhelming but these recipes will hopefully make meal preparation a little easier when accommodating family, friends, and in-laws. Keep your stress level low with these time saving Thanksgiving side dishes.
If you are gearing up for some great holiday recipes don’t forget the tools. Every job can be made easier by having the right equipment…even baking and cooking! Keeping kitchen essentials on hand like a stand mixer, apron, baking sheets, cookware, serving utensils, extra serving dishes, and flatware can make your life so much easier!
This is a guest post from Holly Watson. Holly is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two. She enjoys traveling, yoga, and writing on behalf of Sears and other great brands she loves. You can follow her daily mantras on www.eatbreatheblog.com.