this is how I cook, too.. same here. we had been without a micro for a long time. The only thing I ever used it for was to heat up my bed buddy neck wrap when I was sick. However, our nanny cooks lunch for my youngest a few times a week and her grandma just died and left her a microwave. she brought it to my house to make things easier at lunch. I have no problem with it. But I agree...food cooked in a micro tastes nasty and in no way will I ever cook in it. I don't even reheat in it - all stove/oven. I just think the micro makes things gross tasting!!