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.

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Pour rinsed baby carrots into a microwave-safe dish.

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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.

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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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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.

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Stir in fresh herbs, spices, salt, pepper or other flavors.

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Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Poke a tiny hole in the center of the plastic wrap to let steam escape.

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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.

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Let the dish rest, covered, for 3 to 4 minutes.