12. Prepare a Batch of Toasted Nuts

You can toast a batch of nuts in your microwave in just minutes. Spread the nuts evenly on a microwaveable plate. Then, microwave on high power, pausing to stir and check the color at 1-minute intervals. When the nuts start to brown, decrease the time to 30-second intervals until you achieve the desired doneness.

11. Steam Your Veggies

Vegetables

You can easily steam veggies in your microwave oven. Simply place vegetables such as broccoli florets, zucchini slices, green beans, or carrot sticks in a microwave-safe casserole dish. Add about 1/8 inch of water to the bottom of your dish, cover, and place it in the microwave. Heat on high for 3 minutes, then check for doneness.

10. Sizzle Some Bacon

Bacon

Keep your kitchen clean by frying up some bacon in your microwave. Place a layer of 3-4 paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. Then, top the paper towels with a layer of bacon. To prevent sticking, avoid allowing your bacon slices to touch or overlap each other. Next, top the bacon with another layer of 3-4 paper towels. Microwave on high for 4-6 minutes. Crispier bacon will require additional time.

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