A microwave is a good option for reheating food. The "several days later" depends on how many days, and if the cooked food was stored well. It doesn't take long to cook up a few chicken breasts or seafood, & toss together with seasonal salad ingredients.I'm trying to figure out how I can cook healthy meals that will taste good even when it's reheated several days later in the microwave. Does anyone have any tips or special tricks?
I cook every single day, but I'm not a professional with a restaurant. I sometimes do leftovers & reheat, but thought some experts out there may know more tricks to having it taste just as good a few days later when it's reheated via a microwave. I'm going to start taking food up to my dad's place when I visit him once a week and will cook meals for the week for him. I want it to taste like it was just cooked after microwaving if it's possible.First, can you cook good food?
Things like lean protein like grilled chicken, salads (obviously not reheated), grains, vegetables, etc. Things that aren't super saucy or covered in cheese like lasagna.Define healthy
I was fortunate that my dad taught me how to cook when I was younger and I cooked almost every dinner with him. (though clearly I didn't learn much about how to cook food so it tastes good when microwaved) Cooking is definitely a very valuable skill - I'm sure your son will appreciate you teaching him.It's a wonderful thing that you're doing for your father and it's a position many of us will find ourselves in, either preparing meals for an elderly parent or being the recipient of such care. This makes me me want to be even more diligent about teaching my son to cook for himself as he grows up.
I think Mary has a great suggestion, I can imagine that this is the best way to enjoy complete meals that are both healthy and interesting. I would also suggest like others did and make soups, stews and casseroles. I find that bean soups freeze really well and I heat them up in the microwave. Think pasta fagiole, black bean with cumin, lentil, split pea, chicken and corn, gumbo, cassoulet, beef stew, etc.
Pulled pork also freezes beautifully and can be warmed in the microwave with a shot glass of water added. Put it on a bun and it's a quick sandwich.
Individual pot pies, and frozen individual pizzas though admittedly they would do better in a real oven. Meatloaf freezes well too, as well as meatballs.
What kind of sauces are you looking for?
Thanks for the good suggestions MaryB! As far as sauces, I guess I'm just looking for something to change it up a bit for my dad so he isn't always just eating plain steamed veggies. Maybe a stir fry, a quinoa bowl, kebabs, etc. Just some variety.Root vegetables reheat well, squash reheats very well, corn reheats okay. Other veg can be bought frozen, added to the plate before freezing and cooked while the rest reheats so it only cooks once. Sauce wise, gravy reheats semi okay(gets kinda lumpy in texture). A little butter can be added after reheating to veg and potato(yes butter is healthy in moderation), not sure what other "sauces" you are looking for?