I moved into a very sweet little-old-lady house about six months ago. We’re talking frilly curtains, hardwood under the carpets, black-and-yellow tiled bathroom, wood paneling – the whole nine.
First of all – why ditch the microwave? How about a few gross facts for you:
- A study published in 2003 by the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture reports that broccoli lost 97% of its antioxidants after being nuked
- Just 60 seconds of microwaving garlic is enough to deactivate allinase, its cancer-fighting ingredient
- People exposed to high levels of microwave radiation have experienced such delights as insomnia, headaches and dizziness, swollen lymph nodes and a weakened immune system, impaired cognition, and problems with their vision
- Skip convenience foods. Even a cooking novice like me can boil some pasta, steam vegetables, or create a lush salad in the same amount of time it would take to zap a microwave meal. Doing so allows you to eat a nutritious meal, avoid all the wasteful plastic packaging, and consciously participate in the process of preparing your meal. It’s better for your health, and better for the environment, too.
- Look for alternatives. No nuker doesn’t have to mean no popcorn, it just means you get to enjoy your favorite fluffy snack without all the carcinogenic properties associated with the microwave kind. An air-popper works fabulously, as does kicking it old-school by making the stove top version. Everything you currently use your microwave for can – and has – been done by some other method.
- A toaster oven is a fabulous stand-in when it comes time to warm up leftovers, and your food will come out golden and crispy instead of mushy and overcooked. A toaster oven is also far smaller and occupies less kitchen real estate.
- Try to think beyond cooking in the first place – eating raw foods can be a wonderful way to boost health, increase energy, and even help lose weight.