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How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave

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author image Lillian Downey
A Jill-of-all-trades, Lillian Downey is a certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, certified clinical phlebotomist and a certified non-profit administrator. She's also written extensively on gardening and cooking. She also authors blogs on nail art blog and women's self esteem.
How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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New potatoes and carrots not only complement each other well, but also cook quickly together in the microwave. You can steam them in a little bit of water to create an easy and nutritious side dish that pairs well with beef, roasted chicken, fish and a variety of other main courses. The addition of a few herbs and spices can dramatically change the flavor of the carrots and potatoes. Use baby carrots and chunked potatoes and you'll have dinner on the table in no time.

Step 1

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Pour rinsed baby carrots into a microwave-safe dish.

Step 2

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Wash your new potatoes under running water to remove dirt and debris. Chop your potatoes into rough 2-inch chunks. Leave very small new potatoes whole. Aim for a mix of potato chunks that are roughly the same size, whether chopped or whole, as the size of new potatoes varies.

Step 3

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Add the potatoes to the dish with the carrots. Toss the carrots and potatoes together with your hands or a spoon until mixed.

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Step 4

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Add a small amount of water to the dish. Avoid adding more than 3 tablespoons per pound of vegetables as you just want to steam them, not boil them.

Step 5

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Stir in fresh herbs, spices, salt, pepper or other flavors.

Step 6

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Poke a tiny hole in the center of the plastic wrap to let steam escape.

Step 7

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes. Check the potatoes and carrots for tenderness with a fork. Give them a quick stir and re-cover with plastic wrap. Cook on high at 2- to 3-minute intervals, checking after each interval for tenderness.

Step 8

How to Cook New Potatoes & Carrots in the Microwave
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Let the dish rest, covered, for 3 to 4 minutes.

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