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Old 08-23-2015, 01:36 PM   #1
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No stove; menu help needed

A week or so ago my oven died and we've ordered a new range. it won't be installed for another 10 days and in the meantime I need to prep meals . I need ideas. They don't need to be fancy but I've exhausted my short list already - any help?

Here's what I have to cook on:

Propane BBQ
Toaster oven (pretty small)
1 butane burner (caterers burner - very hot).
Crockpot
electric griddle
Waffle iron
Rice cooker


I have no oven, microwave or stove and frankly don't want a lot of leftovers. There are two of us and I am a vegetarian.

So far we've had:
Flat bread pizza (BBQ)
Steak and packet cooked veggies (BBQ)
Breakfast (elec. griddle)
Burgers (BBQ) and tater tots (waffle iron)
Stirfry (butane burner) w/rice
Lots of cold food like sandwiches

Any ideas?

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Old 08-23-2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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No stove menu help needed

How about: roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots in the TO; stir fry, grilled cheese on the griddle; bread, cakes, soup, spaghetti sauce, casseroles, lasagna in the CP; paninis on the waffle iron (I've seen a lot of neat stuff done on the waffle iron lately).

And I think ice cream makes a good meal, as well as cereal!
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:17 PM   #3
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How about the old camping trick of foil pouch dinners.

You should be able to do them on the grill or in the toaster oven, no cleanup, no leftovers and customized for each of you.

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Also pancakes and french toast on the griddle, breakfast for dinner!

Grilled cheese and Dawg's tomato soup.

Good luck!
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:23 PM   #4
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I say if you are going to camp out in your own kitchen, do it in style!

Make mushroom stroganoff. DH can add grilled (leftover) steak slices. Use the good china and candlelight. And Yes to Ice cream.

I think Leftovers are sometimes my best friend. I also think sometimes I wouldn't know how to make dinner without them. Next time you grill, make extra herbed up zucchini slices, sliced the long way. Ditto some round onion slices. Zip lock. Make rice tomorrow ( I used a small box already cooked rice from the Chinese take out. ) Make Chipotle's Cilantro Lime rice, w/ the zukes cut cross- ways and diced onion. Also kick it up so you can actually taste the cilantro/ lime flavor. Or use parsley. If I did this again, I would add grilled carrots. Add some grilled corn off the cob and black or pinto beans, and more of a lime vinaigrette and it's a salad. This, I agree makes a lot. It's funny. I don't think we ever refer to Ice Cream as a leftover once the carton has been opened.

Pineapple or other fried rice. It's harder (for me) to do, but you can to some extent, control how many servings you make.

I think Guacamole goes with just about anything. Veggies or chips for dipping. Makes a light lunch, appie or a side dish.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:49 PM   #5
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Loaded up baked potatoes in the toaster oven, topped with broccoli and cheese or meatless chili, chopped onions and shredded cheese on top....frittata with leftover veggies in the TO.....split pea soup with carrots and onions in the slow cooker....burritos with refried beans, diced tomatoes, onions, cheese, and some leftover meat for DH's....

Other than what's already been mentioned, that's about all I can come up with right now.

And I love Whisk's ideas about candlelight - don't forget the wine, and ice cream! :-)
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Old 08-23-2015, 05:06 PM   #6
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Oh boy, what a bunch of good ideas...I'm making notes for me!

Janet, do you have a grill basket? I adore mine for vinaigrette marinated grilled veggies, and a package of Lil Smokies in the mix makes a great meal. I see you cook meat for Hubby, and you can easily pick them out of your serving.
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I thought of another one, just right for this time of year.

Tomato tart or tomato quiche. Depending on how small the toaster oven is, you can make individual ones using small pie pans/ a one quart casserole or 8 inch baking pan, not necessarily a full size pie pan. The store has small disposable pie pans. There should be tomato recipes floating around here some place.
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...vinaigrette marinated grilled veggies,
I accidentally discovered vinaigrette marinated veggise this summer. Prev, I roasted veggies w/ just a little olive oil and a sprinkle herbs. Adding some things like dijon, and garlic et al marinade gives a nicer flavor. Balsamic vinegar is great. or red wine vingear. And believe it or not, veggies do take on the flavors.
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When I was traveling and staying in hotels a lot, I brought a small electric skillet. I used it for boiling water, baking potatoes (cut in half, 'cause that skillet was small), frying meat, steaming vegis, baking cake, frying English muffins, and I'm sure there was other stuff. Oh yeah, grilled cheese sandwiches and breakfasts.
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I accidentally discovered vinaigrette marinated veggise this summer. Prev, I roasted veggies w/ just a little olive oil and a sprinkle herbs. Adding some things like dijon, and garlic et al marinade gives a nicer flavor. Balsamic vinegar is great. or red wine vingear. And believe it or not, veggies do take on the flavors.
Yep, they really do Whiska! The vinaigrette really soaks into things like mushrooms and zucchini, two of my favorites for the grill basket, along with colored bell peppers. Here I grill all year and have never done them in the oven. I love the bit of char they get in the grill basket.
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