Thursday, August 22, 2013
The past few days have been interesting; how to live in a motel for an extended period of time and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are currently back in our Wi home town attempting to settle what to do about our home here which has been rented with option to buy but our tenant/buyer is not able to fulfill his contract. We will be stuck here for at least another month while we get him out and probably someone else in. In the meantime my only option for cooking is a small microwave in our room and a microwave and toaster in the common breakfast room. I asked for permission to use a slow cooker in the room but that was denied; they said it was a sanitation problem as people would be washing dishes in the sink or bathtub! Do they not think you might have dishes to wash from cooking in a microwave? Anyway, I have a large bowl to use as a dishpan and will make sure no food particles are sent down the sink drain to clog it but still have the problem of what is healthy food that can be cooked in a microwave.
A continental breakfast is offered on a daily breakfast and for those in the know that is mainly high carbohydrate - not a good idea for a recovering diabetic! So far my answer to that is a boiled egg with toast (they offer eggs twice a week) and a glass of milk; toast with peanut butter and a little fruit spread; I find that I can cook a type of hash in the microwave with frozen chunk style hash browns, onion and some form of protein; anybody with other ideas?
For lunches sandwiches are good and will probably be our mainstay. this is pretty much what I would do at home with the addition of fruit. We actually brought peaches, pears and several watermelon from our garden at home so that helps and of course you can always buy sandwich makings and fruit.
Dinners are the biggest challenge. Of course there are always frozen dinners but they get old in a hurry and the tiny freezer in a motel fridge won't hold much. Last night I used a batch of "simply potatoes", the mashed ones from the refrigerator section of the grocery store; I made gravy with a combination of mushroom soup and the gravy that comes in a can of Worthington fri chik (vegetarian chicken substitute) and heated up a can of french style green beans. This made a good meal. Tonight I think we'll do baked potatoes topped with broccoli and cheese, both made in the microwave. Soups and chili's will also work well and I may try cooking pasta and rice dishes in the microwave. So far it is working better than I expected. I know that you can cook chicken dishes in the microwave but does beef get tough? It certainly does if you try to thaw it and leave it too long. Corn on the cob cooked in the husks works beautifully and of course any veggies can easily be cooked in that appliance. Then salads are of course always good.
I was hoping that some of my Spark friends might have some other ideas they could share with me.