I'm not sure this is much faster than the stovetop, but it is simple, tasty, and economical. Potatoes, cabbage, and bacon or sausage--perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
Recipe from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
4 slices bacon, in 1-inch pieces
1 c. chopped onion
2 c. diced potatoes
2 c. shredded cabbage
1/2 c. chopped scallions
2 c. chicken broth
salt and pepper
Put the bacon and onion in a 3-4 quart microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, cabbage, and scallions, cover, and microwave 5-6 minutes. Add the chicken broth and salt and pepper, re-cover, and microwave on high 4-6 minutes or until hot.