By FWx Editors
Updated June 02, 2014
Photo © John Kernick

Television viewers have been all atwitter over the Wonder Years reunion. Kevin, Winnie and the entire Arnold family got together to take some selfies and tease an upcoming DVD release this week.

The music (great) and the fashion (questionable) are some the most memorable aspects of the show—not so much the food. That’s probably because so many meals of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s came out of the microwave. But just because you’re making a dish at the push of a button doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Relive the Wednesday nights of your youth with these amazing things to do with a microwave.

Microwave Brown-Butter Sponge Cakes

Perhaps the airiest cake to ever be microwaved.

Almost Instant Tomato Sauce

Who says great tomato sauce has to come off the stove?

Microwaved Chili-Lime-Ginger Beef Jerky

Why wait so long for jerky? A few minutes in the microwave will let you get this done in no time.

A Medley of Vegetable Chips

A way better snack than those things you buy in the store. Also a great way to get kids to eat vegetables.

Microwave Fudge Sauce

It comes with bourbon, so you know it’s good.

Green Salad with Chorizo Chips

Believe it or not, microwave chorizo can be a great crouton alternative.

And as a bonus, here’s a mad genius tip to save money on your herbs with a microwave.