Chef, I am not.
I’m that person who is trying to figure out what to make for dinner at 5 p.m.
I’m also not against taking shortcuts to get the meal on the table, as long as it still tastes good, and the family will eat it without gagging – clearly, my standards are way high. Just kidding, Martha.
So, I thought it would make sense to check out The Great Microwave Recipe Challenge that is being sponsored by Panasonic right now.
They are featuring their chef Michael P. Clive, who believes that he can make pretty much anything in the microwave, and he wants to prove it. You can go to their Facebook page and challenge him to make one of the recipes listed, and in turn you will be entered to win one of their new Panasonic Genius Inverter Microwave ovens!
The Panasonic Genius Inverter promises better cooking results every time – so you can actually cook something edible in a microwave, other than popcorn? WIN!
Inverter® can maintain the best colour, shape, texture and flavours of the food by using the most appropriate power levels for each menu. Various types of foods can cook using a combination of high and medium to low power levels. Because the Inverter® delivers a continuous wave of energy, delicate food items can simmer without overcooking on the edges and surfaces. Due to a consistent delivery of microwave energy, foods will no longer undercook in the centre and have hard, overcooked edges. We can now enjoy better colour, shape, and texture in the foods we cook, along with delicious flavours. Want!
There are tons of recipes (starters, mains, sides and desserts) on the Panasonic Facebook page that you can challenge Chef Clive to make. Personally, I would want to try the Ratatouille recipe:
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Red pepper, cut into strips
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 tsp Salt & pepper
10 Fresh Basil leaves, sliced
1 tsp Chili Flakes
3–4 tablespoons tomato sauce
- In a large microwavable casserole dish, combine eggplant, onion, garlic, and oil. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and return to microwave for 3 more minutes.
- Place a layer of green pepper strips on top, followed by a layer of zucchini and then a layer of tomatoes. Add the salt & pepper, chili flakes and tomato sauce.
- Cover and microwave on high for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Garnish the top with the sliced fresh basil leaves and serve.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored, but my thoughts and inability to cook are my own. Cheers!