cooking in microwave or crockpot only?

Heather - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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ok really strange request but...hopefully you all might have a few ideas. i am volunteering in my son's 5th grade class to teach cooking to them. i loved the idea when the teacher ask me until she informed me they have no ovens. all i can cook with is a microwave or a crock pot.(we are still waiting autorization for an electric skillet) i have a recioe to make microwave fudge with them for the first week and i thought chocolate dipped fruit would be fun for another week by melting chocolate in the microwave. one week we will spend doing salads also..no cokoing involved but a healthy meal or side. if anyone has any really easyyyy microwave or crock pot recipes that can be done in a short amount of time with few ingrediants(since i will be buying the supplies for 20 kids) please all ideas would be greatly apreciated...i might learn a few things my self in this class as i hate microwave cooking,,haha

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Ginger - posted on 08/29/2010

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Here is a great blog to follow in case you ever run into this situation again (or to just keep up with really good crock pot recipes). It's called the Crock Pot Recipe Exchange ( http://crockpotrecipeexchange.blogspot.c... ) is very organized and constantly being added to. Hope this helps :)

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009

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You could always do a pulled pork dish. You could always cook the meat before hand and then bring it in for the kids to shread. Grab some whole wheat buns and make a sandwich.



Just throw the meat in the crock pot with a 1/2 cup of water, 1 bottle of bbq sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup ketchup... let it get warm on high and it should be done in 15 minutes.

Chris - posted on 09/04/2009

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I found this on too from PC--you could prepare the ground beef before. . .



Beef Enchilada Casserole

1 lb 95% lean ground beef

1 Tbs Southwestern Seasoning Mix (taco seasoning will do)

¼ Tsp salt

1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce

¾ cup water

½ cup medium thick and chunky salsa

12 (6-in) yellow corn tortillas

¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

1 cup shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided

Sour cream (optional)



Combine beef, seasoning mix and salt in 10-inch Skillet; cook over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles using Mix ‘N Chop. Add enchilada sauce, water and salsa to skillet. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.



As beef mixture cooks, place tortillas in a stack and cut into 1-in pieces using Pizza Cutter. Snip cilantro using Kitchen Shears.



Arrange half of the tortillas evenly over the bottom of the Deep Dish Baker (or 8-9 in pyrex pan); top with half of the beef mixture and half of the cheese. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of the cilantro over the cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, beef mixture and cheese. Microwave baker on HIGH 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining cilantro. Serve with sour cream--if desired.

Chris - posted on 09/04/2009

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This is a fabulous recipe from the Pampered Chef--you can omit the chicken to save $. . .I have also made it in a covered Corning Ware piece, and it turned out great!





Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco



4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes

3 cups uncooked penne pasta

3 cups chicken broth

¾ cups dry white wine (such as Chardonnay)

½ tsp each salt and ground black pepper

1-1/4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, divided

1 oz Parmesan cheese grated (about ¼ cup)

2 cups diced grilled chicken breasts



Spray Deep Covered Baker with olive oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Slice garlic into baker using Garlic Slicer. Add tomatoes. Cover; microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Crush tomatoes using Mix ‘N Chop. Add pasta, broth, wine, and seasonings.



Return Baker to microwave; cover and microwave on H IGH for 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely chop basil with Chef’s Knife. Reserve 2 tbsp for garnish. Grate cheese using Rotary Grater.



Carefully remove Baker from microwave and remove lid, lifting away from you. Add remaining basil, cheese and chicken to baker; mix well. Garnish with reserved basil and additional Parmesan, if desired.



Cook’s Tips: Additional ¾ cup chicken broth can be substituted for wine, if desired.



Any tube shaped pasta requiring 9-11 minutes cook time, such as rigatoni, can be substituted for penne.

Kiela - posted on 09/03/2009

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cheese quesadillas...or nachoes in the microwave...they could help shred the cheese?! mini pizzas..*ritz crackers...a dot of spegetti sauce or pizza sauce..a pinch of cheese and one pepperoni..they are actually good... heat in the microwave for a few secs....my kids love making them but i do them in the oven but they would be a fun project.. and it would work in the microwave...

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