How to Make a Three Course Meal in the Microwave

There is a great deal of preparation that goes into a dinner gathering, but who has time to prepare a three-course meal on such short notice?  If you’re go-to catering service just so happens to be closed for the day, don’t despair. We have discovered some of the top recipe trends researched on Google and provided a hassle free microwavable version of each recipe below.

Beef Stroganoff

If going the extra mile for your guests is your style, then we have just the recipe for you by Taste of Homes. First, you’ll need to melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl for one minute. Once the butter has melted fully, arrange the meat evenly in a microwave safe bowl and pour the melted butter evenly on top of the meat. Then, microwave the mixture uncovered on high for 6 minutes and stir the mixture at 3 minutes. After the cooking time has ended, remove the meat with a slotted spoon and put in a container to keep it warm. Then add flour and soup mix into bowl and mix until blended. Gradually add water to the mixture and stir until smooth. Once the mixture is smooth, add the mushrooms and the cooked beef. Cover the bowl and microwave on high for 18 minutes and pause the cooking time every so often to stir mixture. When the dish is fully cooked, add sour cream and serve.


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2-1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Brine Turkey

A dry turkey is nothing to write home about, and most people agree that a simple brine helps make a tastier turkey. So before the party begins, you’ll want to make this delicious brine recipe. The Spruce’s brine recipe is one for the books and is enough for a 12- to 15-pound turkey. Start off with a large bowl and add: 1 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, 1 to 2 twigs of the herbs, 1/2 teaspoon of cracked all spice berries and 1/4 teaspoon pepper for each gallon of water. Once all of your seasonings are in the bowl with the proper amount of water, submerge your turkey in the seasoned mixture and cover the bowl tightly to keep the turkey under the brine. After you have finished sealing the bowl tightly, refrigerate your turkey in the brine for 12 to 24 hours. Make sure to rinse your turkey with cold water and pat dry before roasting.



Peanut Butter Mug Cake

After two delicious courses, we have just the cake to end your guest’s night right. Kirbie Cravings provides a peanut butter mug cake recipe that is sure to please any crowd. The best part is that each cake is made separately so you can ensure there is enough to go around. Some ingredients you’ll need include:

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preparation for these cakes could not be simpler and are stress free.  Simply combine all ingredients listed above in a coffee mug. Mix the ingredients until the batter appears smooth, then microwave on high for 2 minutes. After the allotted cooking time has finished, poke the cake with a toothpick to see if it is fully cooked. If there is batter on the toothpick, place the mug in the microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Once the cake has cooled, flip the mug upside-down onto a plate and tap the bottom lightly until the cake releases onto the plate.

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