Health in a microwave?

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.
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    Sorry I didn't see your blog sooner ... having problems with notifications from sparks. a great suggestion for keeping the food particles out of the drain would be to get one of this drain strainers ... little rubber circle with strainer holes in the middle (sometimes indented to fit right in drain ... or reverse it if there is a drain plug to cover. My grandmother used to keep a strainer sitting in her sink and rinsed everything through there before washing ... that worked well too!

    I find wrapping any potatoes in wax paper helps the cooking process ...
    favorite breakfast for me is a container of yogurt with about 1/4 cup of grape-nuts mixed in ...

    and that recipe for salmon sounds great ... good for those hot summer days when you don't want the kitchen to get too warm.

    Good luck ... can't wait to hear how you make out.

    2211 days ago
    You can make scrambled eggs and serve with pre-cooked sausage. If there is a kettle you can boil water and make your own boiled eggs. Brown beans and toast. Cheese and toast? Toasted sardine sandwiches? Could you make a campfire at a park and cook a steak?

    Would it be an option to stay in a motel with a kitchenette?
    2249 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Stews and soups would be something I have cooked in the microwave. How about fish? Here's a simple recipe for you to try:

    How to Microwave Salmon
    Recipe From: Savory Sweet Life

    Prep time: 2 mins
    Cook time: 5 mins
    Total time: 7 mins

    Serves: 1

    A quick recipe for spicy salmon using the microwave.

    1 – single portion salmon filet
    salt and pepper
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    1-2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
    2-3 fresh cut lemon slices
    1 tablespoon parsley


    Rinse salmon filet with cold water and pat dry. Place the salmon skin side down in a microwave safe container. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Set aside.

    In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. Generously spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the fillet. Add lemon slices and parsley. Cover the dish tightly with microwave safe plastic wrap. Microwave the fish for 3.5 minutes. Check the center of the filet for doneness with a fork. If there is any uncooked fish, microwave for another 30-45 seconds. Garnish with additional parsley and lemon wedges.

    Pair this with a salad and a baked potato, and you are all set!

    Hope this helps!

    2250 days ago
    I like the steamers vegetables for microwave and there are entrées that you can nuke that are good for two. You have show your ingenuity on many occasions so I know you will ace the challenge.
    2250 days ago
  • JLMILLS1369
    Millie, I'll be watching you! My hubby and I leave on an extended (3 months) "bucket list" vacation where I, too, will be living out of motels. I bought a hot plate at a garage sale and am packing a picnic basket with utensils to cook and clean with. I'm thinking of bringing canned soups (low fat, low sodium, of course!). When I was a single mom years ago, my daughter and I ate Campbell's chunky soup on EVERYTHING: toast, rice, Chinese noodles, etc. Also, there's the stuffed baked potato option - that can be done in a microwave. I'm planning on eating the "big" meal out at lunchtime and a light dinner in the motel. Most of the motels we're going to have a full hot breakfast, so I'll have hot cereal as an option or the eggs, then I'll grab a couple of pieces of fruit "to go" for snacks. Good luck! Maybe we should write a cookbook when we're done!
    2250 days ago
    . . . of course, you already knew everything I mentioned - LOL!
    2250 days ago
    Hi Millie, Sounds like quite a challenge for you to eat right in the motel. You're having alot to deal with at the same time.

    Off the top of my head . . . Do you have a blender or nutribullet? You can make protein smoothies for a change for breakfast.

    Lender's w.w. bagels - although not the best nutrition wise have less than 200 cals and a hefty 9 grams of protein, also for a change for breakfast or lunch with a slice of lite swiss?

    As for the micro-wave - You can do baked sweet potatoes and of course they'll keep well out of the fridge. You can steam your veggies very nicely in the micro. I'd be going heavy on the salads, with a side of protein. Is there a good grocery nearby that carries Boars Head cold cuts or rotisserie chicken? Take off the skin and cut up the chicken in the salad - makes a great chicken caesar salad!

    I'll see what other ideas I come up with for you!
    Take care and keep walking -
    Hugs and blessings!
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    2250 days ago
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