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Dec 10, 2011 01:52 PM

No oven/stove-top for a week... what can I cook??

So, we replaced our oven range. This is a good thing, except that I discovered we have to have an electrician come out to install the new oven (the old one was so old that it was hard wired into the wall, the new one needs an outlet, etc..). The old one is already gone.
...and the earliest the electrician can get here is Thursday!

Now I have to find a way to cook ... using only a microwave ... until the oven is operational.

Any ideas??


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    1. Salad and sandwiches comes to mind. Those require no cooking. You can try Pan Bagnat which is like salad in a sandwich. I like the recipe from food 52.

      You can also steam your veggies and squashes in microwave too. I even make steamed fish in microwave.

      1. I'm guessing you don't have a rice cooker or slow cooker?
        Personally I'd see it as a sign from the universe to eat out and hint to friends.

        1. You can make polenta, risotto, brownies, puddings, etc in the microwave. Get a slow cooker and you can bake banana bread and cornbread in it. You can also make pork loin or pork shoulder in the slow cooker.

          1. If you can swing it, I agree that a crock pot would be a good idea. A couple good soups paired with sandwiches and salads should get you through a few days and a crockpot is great to have for future use.

            I agree that this also calls for dinner out or delivery when you can. It's only a few days. Enjoy the new stove when it arrives!

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            1. re: Terrie H.

              Totally forgot about my slow cooker! Yeah, good idea. Can't brown anything first, of course, so that rules out quite a bit.
              But I could get some instant rice and make curries and such.
              Thanks for the ideas, everyone! I'm grateful to hear any others you happen to have....

              1. re: overthinkit

                Minestrone, bean soup with a ham hock or smoked turkey, chicken and dumplings, or a quick soup using a store-bought roast chicken and canned broth will work without browning meat first. I'd probably use it as an excuse to do a cheese fondue.

                1. re: overthinkit

                  I mostly use my slow cookers to make chili and Italian-style sausage and peppers. Soooooo easy and delicious.