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Phil Vickery's two-course microwave meal

With energy bills already at an all-time high and expected to rise again in October, Phil Vickery shows you how to prepare a two-course meal using your microwave - which uses less energy than an oven!

He’s making his summer risotto followed by chocolate brownies.

Spring green veg and prawn risotto

Serves 2


300g risotto rice

1 vegetable stock cube

1 small onion very finely chopped

1 clove of garlic very finely chopped

1 tsp dried mint or 1 small sprig chopped of fresh

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

800ml boiling water, roughly

40g or 5 medium spears of fresh asparagus, trimmed and chopped on an angle into 2cm pieces

40g frozen peas

40g frozen broad beans

20g fresh spinach

50g salted butter

200g defrosted cooked prawns

50g grated Parmesan cheese


1. Place the rice, stock cube, onion, garlic, mint, salt, pepper, and oil into a microwave-safe bowl, and mix well.

2. Add a third of the boiling water and stir well.

3. Cover and pierce a couple of times.

4. Cook for 10 minutes (timings are based on an 800-watt microwave), keep an eye you may need to break the rice up at say 5-6 minutes.

5. Add another third of the boiling water, mix well and break up the rice, re-cover and cook for a further 6 minutes.

6. Stir again and add the veg and last of the water, re-cover and cook for a final 5-6 minutes, or until creamy and thick.

7. Remove once cooked and stir well, add the butter, prawns and cheese and lightly mix, re-season and cover and leave for 2-3 minutes, stir again and serve.


Serves 4


60g softened salted butter

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 medium egg

30g cocoa powder

30g self-raising flour

50g chopped white chocolate


1. Place the butter, sugar, and vanilla into a bowl and beat well with a wooden spoon.Add the egg and cocoa powder and mix well.

2. Finally add the flour and bring it together.

3. Spoon into a 2 x 17cm x 4cm deep oiled glass container, then spread out with a spoon.Sprinkle with the chopped white chocolate.

4. Pop one in the microwave and the other on top, straddling the first one.

5. Cook (I used 900 watts) for 2 and half minutes, the mix will rise nicely.

6. Re-check and cook for a further 1-2 minutes until puffed and cooked through.

7. Remove from the microwave, be very careful as they will be hot!

8. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.

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