I am giving you a set of tips to brush up on your skills as a low-calorie diet cook. This advice will especially help you when cooking foods and making the best of your microwave oven : * If time permits, defrost frozen foods 1st in the fridge before warming up them in the microwave oven. Unfreezing food in the microwave can cause hot spots, areas where some of the food is basically cooking while other areas are still unfreezing and / or warming up. * Use only food-safe, microwaveable boxes to cook or warm up food in a microwave oven insoles. Any container not designed to be used in a microwave oven may melt, explode, catch fire, or communicate dangerous substances to your food. * Warm up bread and other baked products at half ( fifty % ) power to avoid drying out and toughening. * Cook individual boneless, skinless chicken fillet halves ( cutlets ) in a small covered dish with quarter cup chicken broth or other liquid for roughly eight mins or until the flesh in the middle of the breast is opaque. Permit the chicken to chill barely before cutting. * Cook 1 pound fresh fish in a covered container ( no added liquid is obligatory ) for five to six mins or till the fish flakes simply and the flesh in the middle of the fish is opaque. * Pre-grilling is another good use for the microwave oven as it speeds up the time food spends on the griddle. foot care Cook meat or birds at half ( fifty p. c ) power until half-cooked, and then straight away move to the grill to close cooking. * Use only popcorn that's packed for popping in a microwave oven. The seven tips above will take you a long way in your success of low-calorie dieting.