Cold weather and crazy long schedules have left many of you eating three day old leftovers and takeout food. Josh Hass at Student Life understands how you feel. He was once in a residence, experimenting with ways to cook up a feast in his microwave.
The result? A wonderful three course meal! Last week, we shared his recipe for making Mexican Bean Dip in the microwave. This week, we will share his recipe for Pineapple Turkey with vegetables. Give it a try..and let us know how it turned out.
Entrée: Pineapple Turkey with Garlic Potatoes and Steamed Vegetables
2 whole turkey breasts, skinned, split and boned.
1 can of sliced pineapple with juice
1 lb. small red potatoes, unpeeled
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/4 c. chopped dill
Salt & pepper
2 servings of your favourite vegetable (broccoli, green beans, etc.)
1/4 to 1/2 c. water
Start with the potatoes by washing them and pricking them with a fork. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a microwave-safe dish. Microwave the potatoes, uncovered, on HIGH for 10 to 13 minutes, or until tender when pierced by a fork. While you are waiting, combine the oil and garlic, and let stand. Once the potatoes are finished in the microwave, pour the oil and garlic mixture over them, sprinkle with dill over top, and toss to mix. Finally, season the potatoes with a bit of salt and pepper.
With the potatoes done, you can move onto the turkey. Simply place the turkey breasts in a microwave-safe dish, arrange the desired amount of pineapple slices over them and pour the juice over top. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and cook on HIGH for 9 minutes or until the turkey is cooked all the way through. Prepare your vegetables while you wait.
Finally, take your prepared veggies and water and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, but leave a small hole for steam to escape. Different vegetables cook differently, so cook in small segments (30 seconds to 1 minutes at a time) and keep track of how long it takes for next time. Be patient and always undercook first; you can always cook for longer. With a little practice, you will discover the easy method of steaming vegetables.
Once the vegetables are ready, give the potatoes a quick reheat (if you have two microwaves, you could have the turkey and potatoes going at the same time) and serve your feast.