6 Healthy Recipes For Your Microwave

Your microwave isn’t just for making popcorn or reheating leftovers anymore. From melting chocolate to cooking vegetables, your microwave is a value and time-saving tool in the kitchen. These healthy recipes for dinner, desserts, snacks and side dishes can be made strictly in your microwave.

1. Sweet Potatoes With Warm Black Bean Salad

Ingredients
4 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions
Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)

Meanwhile, in a medium microwaveable bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, oil, cumin, coriander and salt; microwave on High until just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat.)

When just cool enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.

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