My oven went bang last week The inner glass panel exploded while it was self cleaning so now I am pretty much oven-less for anything up to a fortnight while the part to fix it arrives. We do have a combi-oven/microwave but it's not big enough to do much in.
I have never realised quite how much we use the oven before and am now struggling to think of things to cook that only need the hob.
The children are 3 and 6 and DS won't eat anything even vaguely spicy so curries and chilli are out. I have a few batches of Bolognese sauce in the freezer but DH isn't a massive fan of pasta so will get sick of these pretty quickly. I'm on a diet and all of the risotto-type recipes I've looked at are full of cream and butter which rules them out. DD is just mega fussy. Neither of the kids will eat stir fry <sigh>
Any suggestions on things I can cook that the whole family might eat? My wallet and waist can't afford a fortnight's worth of take out and pasta!
I was without an oven for 2.5 years, as DH didn't think it was worth replacing as we were going to do a full kitchen renovation 'soon'. I soon got tired of 'wet' food like stews and casseroles, so we ate a lot of flash fried fish steaks, chicken breasts, omelettes, and grilled food. My favourite summer food was main course salads with grilled chicken, or tuna steaks.
A good family meal is a big frittata, started on the stove top and finished under the grill. Just fry some cold cooked potatoes, chopped veg, mix in a bit of left over ham/meat/prawns etc, pour over beaten eggs with a few herbs added and some frozen peas, and top with grated cheese. Quick, cheap and lovely cold next day for lunch.
A tin of chick peas, drained and rinsed 2 tins of chopped tomatoes 2 chicken breasts, cubed, or 3 thighs, cubed About 200-250 gm chorizo, cut into disks
Chuck the whole lot in a pot, add a bit of oregano
Cook slowly for about an hour and a half Use a lid for the first hour, then remove it, if it seems a bit liquid.
Chicken Cacchiatore (sp, please Italian people)
Fry some lardons, an onion, a large diced carrot and a couple of chopped celery sticks. Add some diced chicken portions (about 250 gm in all) Add about three cloves of crushed garlic Chuck in about a glass of white wine, and reduce a bit. Add a tin of canelini beans (drained and rinsed) Add a tin of chopped tomatoes Tuck a couple of rosemary stalks in (take them out just before serving) Season "to taste" Cook covered for about 1 and a half hours (but take the lid off for a bit if it seems wet).
I do a very similar lamb dish, without the lardons, but adding a large handful of black olives with the beans and tomatoes. Also juice of a lemon, 10 mins before serving.