I don't use my microwave oven very often but it terms of quick cooking vegetables -it is hard to beat. My stew is collards,green beans, squash and potatoes in a garlic vegetable broth. First, I cooked the vegetables for about three minutes in the microwave and then I sauteed them in some olive oil to round out the flavor for about two minutes. I put them in the broth and returned it to the microwave for another three minutes and viola! a stew that tastes like it simmered for a while but the vegetables aren't limp and lifeless. As for seasonings - I added chili paste because I like spicy food but it could be anything.