Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No Oven Proves Very Interesting

One of the challenges that we face with living in an RV is that our kitchen is super tiny. The owners before us opted for more drawer space instead of an oven. The stove really only has room for one pan, unless its super tiny and then perhaps two.

Add a gluten sensitive person in the mix, and you have a challenging need for creative recipes :)

I am on a search for some yummy and easy (less pots/pans the better) recipes for cooking without an oven. I feel as though I have gotten into a rut, I would love some help or suggestions if you have them! Other than the gluten sensitivity (Im the culprit) we have no picky eaters, thank goodness!

Raw recipes are also welcomed!

16 comments:

  1. i'm a huge fan of one-pot meals. less cooking! have you done a search for these? stews and casseroles and such.

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  2. Don't know about your storage space for fruits and veggies, but a nice salad is always easy and cook-free. I worked at a health-food deli years ago, so we had some creative ways to add protein to our veggies. Start with some nice leafy greens, add veggies of choice ( I always liked shredded carrot, shredded red cabbage, broccoli flowerets, celery, cucumber, tomato, etc. Then add crumbled feta, or grated fresh parmesan, or both. Some raisins, even apples, some nuts and seeds, and an oil and vinegar dressing with good extra virgin olive oil and some balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, basil, YUM! Add whole grain bread or crackers and you're all set.

    Lentil soup is another one pot meal that cooks quickly and is good and filling for a cold day. Here's my recipe:

    Rinse one pound of dried lentils (2 1/3 cups). In a large soup pot or Dutch oven combine lentils; 8 cups cold water; one 16-oz can cut up tomatoes; 2 slices bacon, cut up (substitute 2 T. olive oil if you're opposed to the bacon); 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup); 1 medium carrot, chopped (1/2 cup); 3 T. snipped parsley (or 1 T. dried); 2 T. wine vinegar; 1 clove garlic, minced; 2 1/2 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed; and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

    Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 45 minutes. Serves 8-10.

    (I also have a good recipe for lentil/rice casserole, so if your family likes lentils let me know and I'll give you that one as well.)

    Happy cooking!

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  3. Thank you girls!

    Leslie, I cant wait to try your recipe! Its sounds DELISH!

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  4. I make A LOT of stir fries. Throw in some veggies and meat (if you're not vegetarian) with sesame oil and maybe some cayenne and garlic. Nothing like it :).

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  5. Invest in a crockpot if you don't already have one. Take a whole chicken and stick it int the crockpot w/ a tad of water in the bottom (just a little...the chicken will release juices as it cooks). Cook for 5 or 6 hours until the chicken is falling off the bone. Remove meat from bone and dump back into crockpot. I also remove some of the broth. Add in your fave bbq sauce (we love Jack Daniels Honey Smokehouse). Then shred chicken into small bits using a fork. Heat thru and serve the chicken bbq on buns w/ your fave sides! Its a favorite at our home!

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  6. I have lots of one pot recipes... oh, you know what? You should invest in some 'Best of Bridge' cookbooks. Their stuff is simple, delicious, and worth the cost.

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  8. (My first post contained typos)

    I don't personally have any gluten free recipes but another blog I follow may be of interest to you. Her name is FabGrandma and she too is a gluten sensitive person. Here is her link:

    http://fabgrandma.com/

    Not sure if you will find what you are looking for over there but it's worth a try! =)

    Best of luck on your search.

    =)

    {{hugs}}

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  9. girl, your life amazes me, and makes me jealous, and i hope you roll close to my neck of the woods some day so i can meet you.

    love to you... e.

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  10. I love reading your blog -- your lifestyle is very cool and admirable. I particularly related to your post below about your visit to IKEA. No I don't live in an RV, but I do have a pretty small house (relatively speaking), and sometimes I find myself coveting other homes or envious of my girlfriends' master suites or gourmet kitchens. Of course this post about living without an oven puts it all in perspective for me!

    Personally, I love one-pot meals -- but I do a lot of casseroles in the winter, and without an oven, those won't work. But I noticed the sugesstion about a crock pot above -- do you have one. I cook in the crock pot at least once a week during the winter -- love coming home from work and having dinner ready!

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  11. ((thank you for praying, sweet girl. savannah is in stable condition now. glory to him... love to you. xoxo))

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  12. Your home has wheels and a motor, right? Drive to the nearest restaurant. You won't even have to wash any dishes afterward. You say that's crazy, but you are that crazy family. Don't start acting rational now. That would be rather inconsistent.

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  13. I love reading your blog -- your lifestyle is very cool and admirable. I particularly related to your post below about your visit to IKEA. No I don't live in an RV, but I do have a pretty small house (relatively speaking), and sometimes I find myself coveting other homes or envious of my girlfriends' master suites or gourmet kitchens. Of course this post about living without an oven puts it all in perspective for me!

    Personally, I love one-pot meals -- but I do a lot of casseroles in the winter, and without an oven, those won't work. But I noticed the sugesstion about a crock pot above -- do you have one. I cook in the crock pot at least once a week during the winter -- love coming home from work and having dinner ready!

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  14. Your home has wheels and a motor, right? Drive to the nearest restaurant. You won't even have to wash any dishes afterward. You say that's crazy, but you are that crazy family. Don't start acting rational now. That would be rather inconsistent.

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