We currently have the following cooking appliances, which we've been using:
- Panini maker
- Toaster oven (new, purchased for this situation)
- Stove top (recent addition, moved from actual kitchen to another location)
We don't have an oven or a dishwasher, a kitchen sink, a disposal, etc. The clean up has been at least as big of a challenge without a sink or dishwasher. We also don't have a regular bath tub, just a shower. Dishes are a real adventure. ;-)
Here's what we've had so far:
- Breakfast sandwiches. I should have made & then frozen some, but fail. We picked some up at the grocery store, and have been heating them in the microwave. They are much more expensive than homemade, but also quite a bit less than feeding four people breakfast outside of our house. We serve with fruit.
- Toaster waffles (kids) & smoothies. I eliminated the smoothies, after trying to effectively clean up the blender in the shower.
- I've continued to have salads with protein from the freezer, which has worked well
- Angus cheeseburgers (frozen) from Costco. Heated in the microwave
- Chicken nuggets, pizza bites (kids)
- Tacos, using prepped & frozen meat, reheated in the microwave
- Taco salads
- Kebabs & rice, also leftovers
- Crockpot Thai chicken dish (tonight)
As you can see, it's been an real adventure, but we are getting through. I consider each & every meal an accomplishment, both frugally & health wise. I wish I could say we're eating as we normally do, but like with the financial piece, I consider it more of a sliding scale. We're not eating quite as healthy as normal, but better than if we were surviving on takeout!
What about you? Have you ever been without a kitchen? Any tips or recipes to share?