The microwave is a convenient luxury, designed for warming up leftover takeout and the mug of coffee we’ve been nursing for three hours…right? At the risk of sounding like an infomercial: That’s not all! As it turns out, your microwave can save you time making all kinds of homemade meals (and even desserts). We’re not even talking about a pot pie from the freezer section—did you know you can whip up rice, pasta and even lemon curd in the appliance? Read on for 11 foods you didn’t know you could cook in the microwave.
(FYI, exact cooking times will vary based on your specific microwave and its wattage—experimentation is key. Want the lowdown on microwave cooking? Check out our tips here.)