Feeding the family while oven is fixed

Emma - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




I am looking for ideas for meals cooked without using the hob, grill or oven. We have a microwave and could get the barbeque out too. My boys are 3 and 6 and quite good at trying new things and eat pretty much any type of food. We have all had enough of salad, sandwiches and pasta!


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Amanda - posted on 12/09/2009




i had the same issue a few years ago thank god i had an electric skillet and a toaster oven ! gotta love wedding gifts you thought you would never use it makes pizza better than the oven! also my kids LOVE the mac-n-cheese that cooks in the microwave then mix it with a can of tuna throw in some peas or any kinda veggie and they love it total cook and prep mabe up to 10 minutes

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009




here I think your barbeque is what we consider a grill? if so it will be simple for you to cook. I make potatoes on the grill and my family loves them. peel as many as your family will eat and slice them length wise like french fries.take a piece of aluminum foil about 17inche long and then another for the top.set aside one piece of foil and smear butter or margarine all over the bottom one, leaveing edges bare for rolling.sprinkle seasoning( I use season-all, pepper and a little onion powder) layer sliced potatoes over butter and seasoning and then take about 2 tbl.spoons of butter or margarin and put them im random spots over potatoes. cover loosely with other piece of alumninum foil and roll edges to seal. cook for about 20 minutes on low or until potates are soft when poked with a fork( be careful not to burn yourself).Easy food and easy clean-up!!! As I said I think your barbeque is what we call a barbeque grill?Outside cooking?I hope so!!!!....lol

Lori - posted on 12/05/2009




Crockpot recipes are wonderful. One dish and done. Try this one.

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

Put above ingredients in crockpot around 8am on low. It will be done around 5pm. Serve over mashed potatoes or white rice (which both can be made in the microwave. You can get both premade from the freezer section of the grocery store)

You can also add frozen peas and carrots to the crock pot around 2pm.

My kiddos eat this up!!

Melissa - posted on 12/04/2009




Electric Fry Pans are great .You can cook a roast in one .Start with your Leg of lamb and potatoes and add sweet potato pumpkin onion etc latter .Did this in a motel room once with no kitchen ."Have Fun"

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2009




try useing my favorite thing and that is my electric skillet..You can cook anything in it..

Emma - posted on 12/02/2009




New element finally fitted and we are cooking again!!!! Thanks for the suggestions I did a lot of experimenting and even made a noodle stir fry in the microwave that was as good as it is cooked in the wok!

Chris - posted on 12/02/2009




Here's a recipe from Pampered Chef that is absolutely delish. If you don't have a Deep Covered Baker (you need one), try it in any deep microwavable vessel.

Mexican Chicken "Lasagna"

1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves

1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese

2 cups (500 mL) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided (8 oz/250 g)

1 medium onion (about 2/3 cup/150 mL chopped)

1 can (28 oz/825 mL) enchilada sauce (see Cook’s Tip)

12 (6-in.) corn tortillas

3 cups (750 mL) diced or shredded cooked chicken

Additional chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Chop cilantro with Chef's Knife. Place cream cheese in Classic Batter Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30-45 seconds or until very soft. Add cilantro and 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of the Monterey Jack cheese; mix well. Chop onion using Food Chopper; set aside. Spread 2/3 cup (150 mL) of the enchilada sauce over bottom of Deep Covered Baker. Pour remaining enchilada sauce into Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl; set aside.

To assemble lasagna, using Sauté Tongs, dip four of the tortillas into enchilada sauce in mixing bowl and arrange over sauce in baker, overlapping as necessary. Scoop half of the cream cheese mixture over tortillas using Small Scoop; spread using Small Spreader. Top with 1 cup (250 mL) of the chicken and one-third of the onion. Repeat layers one time. Dip remaining tortillas into sauce and arrange over second layer. Top with remaining chicken and onion. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over lasagna and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) Monterey Jack cheese.

Microwave, covered, on HIGH 12-15 minutes or until center is hot. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with additional chopped cilantro. Cut into squares using Utility Knife; serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.

Barb - posted on 11/29/2009




i love sweet potatoes in the microwave. great as a side dish. if you have an electric skillet you could do just a anything in that, grilled cheese, stir fry, even stews and soups as well as breakfast stuff like pancakes. Crock pot is a great idea. Couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup and some pork chops, slow cooked all day. yum!

best of luck to you and hope it is fixed quickly

Lynn - posted on 11/25/2009




oh man,we went through this last year,what a pain!! I used my crock pot alot,and bought some of the skillet meals for the stove top. Good luck :)

Jamie - posted on 11/25/2009




if you have a crock pot I have a pot roast recipe that you may like.
1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast
1 1/2 teaspoons house seasoning
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 bay leaves
3 or 4 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup Chardonnay

Sprinkle roast on all sides with house seasoning. Using a skillet over high heat, sear roast until brown in oil. Place roast in a crock pot, and layer onions, bay leaves, crushed bouillon cubes, garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. Add the Chardonnay and cover with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. My husband likes mushroom so I put two containers of fresh mushrooms in there half way through. but you can pretty much put whatever you want in there. and I also put a seasoning packet from McCormik called herb gravy for beef but you dont have to. Cook on the LOW setting for 8 hours. Take out your roast and thicken your gravy with either flour or corn starch and serve with mashed potatoes.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Tami - posted on 11/17/2009




Crock pots are great for almost anything. BBQ meats of any kind, soups, roast and potatoes too.

Lisa - posted on 11/17/2009




Without grill- that's a hard one. One meal that my family is happy with-could be done with microwave and toaster. Heat fav. soup in micro. Toast bread and put a slice of cheese. If you have a toaster oven, toast bread and then put cheese on one slice. Start to re-toast a bit to melt cheese, but watch to not burn. Do you have a griddle? Could also do fajitas on griddle.

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