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2/8/19 11:34 A

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2/5/19 4:59 A

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Scrambled eggs and toast and fruit



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1/30/19 12:10 P

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burritos/taco filling!

you can microwave cook pasta/rice/quinoa/oatmeal/etc.

i would recommend frozen veg over fresh, though you can probably steam fresh veg in the microwave as well.

single-serving mug cakes of various types.

dips/spreads like spinach artichoke or layered bean dip (which doesn't really require heat), buffalo chicken dip, etc. you can use rotisserie chicken in a ton of recipes.



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1/30/19 10:25 A

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For no cook options you can do meet, cheese, vegetables & bread. Your local deli probably has more interesting salads that could be paired with a bunch of fresh veggies. Pre-made quiches are also an option. Canned tuna or chicken can be paired with canned beans and some seasoning for a filling couple of meals. Hummus & pita with vegetables also makes up a good meal.

Now for cooking with just a microwave . . .

Assuming you have a covered casserole that fits in your microwave there are a bunch of options. I like to mix slices of potatoes with diced onions and corn and then top it with tomato slices, add your fat of choice and some salt and pepper and then microwave until the potatoes are soft.

Succotash is also a good option, corn & lima beans with whatever else.

Rice can be cooked in a microwave, so you have a lot of options for rice and legumes.

I'm not a big fan of packaged foods but the sky's the limit there.

Good luck and let us know what you try/how it turns out.

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1/30/19 12:43 A

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Second hand or charity stores often have small appliances, toaster ovens, crock pots in working order. I have apple trees and make apple butter and use crock pots that I bought at the Salvation Army for $4 apiece.

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1/28/19 4:45 P

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Can you get the following items inexpensively?
- Crockpot (a small one like a 2.5-3qt is totally fine)
- Hot pot (for heating water to boiling, like the cheap Sunbeam one)
- Electric skillet
- Toaster oven

I lived in an apartment for 9 months that didn't have a stove/oven, and only a tiny dorm-style fridge. I did have access to a tiny corner of a chest freezer, so I could freeze things reasonably well.

I love to cook, and the only thing I couldn't make while living in that apartment was pizza with a homemade crust.

Crockpot: chili, spaghetti sauce, shredded pork, "roasted" chicken

Electric skillet: works just like a frying pan, so one-pot meals like skillet lasagna, pancakes, stir-fry, paninis, etc.

Toaster oven: Even with a cheap one, you can still make cookies, open-faced toasted sandwiches, even pita-bread pizzas if you watch them carefully

Hot pot: Heating water to cook pasta, or to pour over instant rice or other dried items. I even cooked Ramen in mine fairly frequently

I found all these on Amazon for $80 when you include tax. If you are planning on staying in this living space for several months, I highly recommend getting these four items. If you only can choose two, I would say the electric skillet and the toaster oven, as they give you the most variety.

As for just cooking with a microwave, you can make things like scrambled eggs, or reheat pre-cooked foods (like if you could borrow a friend's kitchen to pre-makes a bunch of meals or ingredients, then just heat things up in your own home), but you are definitely going to be limited to things that don't require dry or directional heat.

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1/27/19 4:14 P

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Soup--just heat it up



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1/27/19 2:58 P

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Thanks everyone for all the wonderful ideas!

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1/27/19 7:53 A

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Another couple of small appliances that may help you are a Ninja Cooker which has 3 functions: stovetop, crockpot, and oven and/or an electric pressute cooker, like an Instapot.

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1/26/19 7:29 P

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You can adapt just about anything to cook in the microwave. I knew someone who cooked a whole dinner party dinner, cornish game hens with crispy skin included, in a microwave. I think both Pampered Chef and Nordicware make little plastic pots that make it easier to cook things like rice and pasta in the microwave.

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1/26/19 5:22 P



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You can cook most things in a microwave.

These are examples of what I do:
* bacon/egg cups
* cook veges
* Heat rice/chia pouches (good added to a little can of flavoured tuna)
* Stew fruit
* heat frozen cooked meals (ones that I have previously cooked)

If you are able to purchase a toasted sandwich maker, you can use it to cook steaks as well, or one side to fry an egg and the other to cook bacon/sausage/ham

You could also purchase:

* An electric Fry pan can be used for a lot of cooking

* A little bench-top mini-oven with a hob on top. Then you can do all the conventional cooking you want.

* Crockpot/Slow Cooker

All of those electrical items are very cheap, and will increase your food repertoire.

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1/26/19 4:49 P

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Certainly!! I suggest you check out your library for some microwave cook books and give it a go!! Look online for MIcrowave Recipes (type in your food, for example: Chicken)

Every veggie/potatoes can be microwaved and almost all meats (some cooked at a lower power.) Soups are great... and almost all your prepped frozen foods can be microwaved. Bacon takes about a minute /slice; Eggs are best if "scrambled" before cooking (about 1 min/egg)… You can even do cakes--something like pineapple upside down works because your cake isn't going to brown. With a large capacity microwave...you can even do a small Turkey...and yes, it browns due to the longer cooking time. Hamburger works fine in a Microwave.
Some points to keep in mind:
Microwave Power: if what you have access to is a "little one", foods will cook, but take longer. More frequent stirring, or turning upside down, etc will help make it more even.

Many of the little ones only give you two choices for "power": full on, and "Defrost" which is usually 30%. "Reheat" is generally going to be about 50-70% power.

In my larger microwave, corn on the cob or a medium sized baked potato take 4 min each. Trying one of those might give you an idea if your microwave is 1200W or 800W.... (mine is 1500W). remember: lower wattage equals longer cooking time. Good Food is worth the wait!!
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1/26/19 4:07 P

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Does anyone have any ideas for no cook dinner recipes? I currently only have access to a fridge and microwave as my kitchen and I am tired of eating salads and sandwiches. Is there anything I can cook only using a microwave? Please help!

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