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  • isa1 Jan 5, 2009 06:53 PM
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I'm working away from home for 4 months and am at a hotel that doesn't have a full kitchen, only a mini-fridge and microwave. I've been eating salads and soup for a month and can no longer take it. Any meals ideas? I'm getting desperate!!

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  1. You might want to check out this CH post:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581596

    1. Thanks, c oliver! isa1, I was reponsible for hijacking parts of that thread. I'm jelaous! If I can get a MW and fridge next week in DC, I'll be a happy camper! Go get a couple of those plastic MW devices, one for cooking rice and steaming whatever; and the other for cooking burgers or thin strips of steak for a sandwich. Potatoes can be done perfectly in the MW; as can eggs. As you can see, without a MW, I'll probably get an electric skillet or small crock pot. Fortunately, my room will have a coffee service with which I can make a five course meal.

      1. isa, what kinds of things do you like to eat when you have access to a full kitchen?

        1. I wouldn't mind a small crock pot...they're really cheap. I like to bake potatoes in 'em (takes 2-3 hrs,) and you can make berry compote (I like to stir into my yogurt,) or poached pears/other stewed fruit for desserts.

          1. Can you plug in a toaster oven? When we remodeled our kitchen I used ours to make steaks and chops. If you have the luck to be anywhere near Trader Joe's has frozen potato pancakes, frozen eggplant slices, and premade meatloaf that could all work in one. If you're not near a TJ's, there might be comparable products that would work as well.

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            1. re: Judith

              My wife and I went to San Antonio recenlty, and stopped on the way in Luling and Lockhart for what we knew was way too much barbque to eat, so we brought a toaster oven with us for leftovers for that and the week we spent on the river. It's great for bagels and muffins in the morning, and in my opinion, superior for reheating most foods, better than the microwave. Since you're there so long, I don't think the 30-40 bucks spent on one at a Best Buy or discount store would be unjustified.

            2. isa1, I spent the past decade living out of hotel rooms, usually relying on the microwave, sink, fridge, and coffee maker for at least two meals a day- I feel your pain!

              Some of these sites may be helpful to you. I like the Allrecipes meatloaf in a cup recipe as a portion standard, and I made many of the "meat based" dishes using ground turkey, pre-cooked turkey or chicken strips or veggies to provide variety and make them more healthy.

              I always travel with ziploc baggies in different sizes (great for leftovers, pre-prepared ingredients, and marinating bags) and several packets of McCormick Seasoning Marinade mixes and other marinades, again for variety. (Drawback, they can have a lot of salt). I also invested in a little George Foreman Grill, the one that only fits two burgers. It packs up easily (I was in different hotels every week) and is perfect for cooking for one person.

              You will have to sift through the recipes on these sites as it seems to me that most are for desserts or snacks, but there are plenty of meal ideas as well. Plus I looked at many of the recipes, and some sneak in a stovetop step which you don't have. Hope this helps.

              http://www.123easyaspie.com/micro.html

              http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyda...

              http://www.recipezaar.com/Mexican-Las...

              http://www.mealsforyou.com/cgi-bin/re...

              http://www.sunshinerecipes.com/microw...

              http://www.sandisrecipecorner.com/mic...

              The list is practically endless, just search out 'microwave' on any search engine. I just picked the ones that had interesting sounding recipes to me.

              Let us know if you discover a gem that works for you!

              1. isa1, if you decide to get the GF indoor grill, here are some sites with tips and many recipes to use. I find food on the GF to taste much better when marinated first. A drop or two of Liquid Smoke may give your food a tiny bit more of a "grilled" flavour. And also- warning- cooking fish on it might stink up your room (as can cooking fish in the microwave) but recipes are included.

                http://www.expertvillage.com/video-se...

                http://www.recipegoldmine.com/grillgf...

                http://www.georgeforemanrecipes.com/

                http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/...

                And of course, if you put "George Foreman Grill Recipes" into the search engine here on Chowhound you will find over a hundred threads on interesting recipes you may want to try! Bon Appetit!

                1. Just out of curiosity, is this a self-imposed or employer-imposed living condition? I should think an employer would be providing meals or a place with a kitchen, if available, no? But I feel for you, I had to live a month in a hotel when i first moved to my job, and that place had nothing in it, outside tap water.

                  I've often boiled pasta and such in the micro, as long as you have containers. Things like couscous and such are good to go with a bit of boiled water. Anyway, i'm sure this is covered elsewhere.

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                  1. re: im_nomad

                    im_nomad, your post reminded me of a recommendation from another CH'er for "Fasta Pasta", a microwave pasta maker that claims to makes perfect al dente pasta in the microwave every time. So far, 100% of Amazon.com customers ordering it agree. I'm not big on pasta, but if the OP is, the link is here, it is only twelve bucks from the makers, and even less at Amazon.com... http://www.fastapastacooker.com/ .