What Can I Cook Without a Stove or Oven?

What Can I Cook Without a Stove or Oven?

Emma Christensen
Apr 22, 2013

Q: Help! For the past two weeks, my apartment building has been without gas, rendering my oven and stovetop completely useless! We just found out it will be at least another week until we can expect to receive replacement electric ovens, and probably longer. I have an electric kettle, a slow cooker, a fondue pot, and a waffle iron. Any good recipes or dinner ideas?

I've used the electric kettle to make summer rolls (heating water to cook shrimp and rice noodles), the fondue pot to make a few broth fondues, and the slow cooker ad nauseum (although a lot of my slow cooker recipes involve a stovetop browning component, which has been disappointing to discover). I made waffles for Sunday breakfast, but I don't want to have waffles for dinner. We've also eaten a lot of salad. 

I'm beginning to run out of steam on the creative uses for kitchen electronics. Cooking dinner is a very important part of my daily unwinding, and I'm having difficulty facing an uncertain future of stove-less dinners. Can anyone suggest any recipes or dinner ideas using my limited tools?

Sent by Anne

Editor: This sounds like an episode of MacGyver: Dinner Edition! Readers, what ideas do you have for making a great dinner without a stove or oven?

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