Easy microwave meals to save you time and money

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As much as we love trying out new recipes, sometimes we just want something fast and delicious that we can get on the table in a matter of minutes. On those busy weeknights (or lazy weekends) lean on these easy dishes that utilize your kitchen's ultimate quick-cooking appliance – the microwave!

Sweet-corn: Don't have time to hover over your braai or stove? Pop all your corn cobs in the microwave and heat on high for 3-4 minutes – they'll come out so perfectly, sweet and crunchy. Add a little flair to this with some spices and chilli.

Poached eggs: We totally get it – poached eggs can be the bane of your existence. Why do they come out perfectly only once in a while? To save yourself time, grab a microwave-friendly cup or small bowl and gently crack an egg, submerging it in water. Cover and put on high for roughly one minute (or until the whites are set). It's a miracle! Now you can indulge in that avocado toast and poached eggs breakfast you’ve always wanted.

5-minute mac and cheese: This will definitely be a family favourite! Mix the macaroni, water and salt in a microwavable mug or bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes and stir until cooked. Add milk, cheese, salt and pepper and then stir. Microwave again for another minute, stir and garnish with a sprinkle of chives.

Mug omelette: Who doesn’t love a good omelette? Throw in all your favourite ingredients in a mug with an egg or two and place in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir halfway through the cooking process and make sure the egg doesn’t bubble over.

Cheesy quesadilla: Bring Mexican food home in a matter of minutes! Get wraps and microwave them until slightly crispy. Spread grated cheese on one side of the wrap evenly and top with the other one. Press them with a plate and place in the microwave for another minute, then slice and serve with homemade salsa or dip.

Stuffed potatoes: Potatoes make for one of the easiest and most delicious staples. Submerge your potatoes in warm water and shorten cooking time by giving them a head-start in the microwave for about 5 minutes until you can poke through them with a fork. Then place them in the oven for a few minutes for a crispy crunch (if you want). Slice them open and stuff them with beans and put them back in microwave before you enjoy.