You may have heard a lot about the health benefits of eating organic food, but did you know that many common kitchen staples can be made without cooking? From pasta and grains to fruits and vegetables, many foods can be prepared quickly and easily without the need for an oven or stove. In this blog post, I will show you what you can cook without the need for an oven or stove, including a list of delicious alternatives to baked goods.
Cooking Without an Oven Or Microwave
Cooking without an oven or microwave may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite simple. There are many ways to cook without needing either of these appliances. One way to cook without an oven or microwave is to use a stovetop.
You can do this on the stove with a pot or pan. Another option is to use a slow cooker, which does not require any electricity. There are also many recipes that can be made in the Instant Pot, which is another appliance that does not require an oven or microwave.
Another method of cooking without an oven or microwave is to use an outdoor grill. This is a great option for summertime cooking. Grilling food gives it a unique flavor that cannot be replicated with other methods of cooking.
Finally, one could also cook food in an air fryer. Air fryers do not always require oil, so they are healthier than deep frying food. Additionally, air fryers can reach high temperatures very quickly, so they can cook food faster than other methods as well.
No-Cook Meals from Grocery Store
Here are a few of my favorite no-cook meals that are easy to make and don’t require any cooking:
1. Caprese salad: This classic Italian salad is made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Simply slice the mozzarella and tomatoes, then top with some fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Ceviche: This Latin American dish is typically made with fish or seafood that is “cooked” in citrus juice. For my version, I used shrimp, but feel free to use any type of seafood you like. Simply combine cooked shrimp (or your seafood of choice), diced onion, diced tomato, diced avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl. Depending on your preference, season with salt and pepper.
3. Gazpacho: This cold Spanish soup is perfect for a hot summer day! Simply combine diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, vinegar, and water in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sunday Dinner Without Oven
One of the best things about Sundays is coming home to a warm, delicious meal. But sometimes, your oven can be the enemy of a perfect dinner. But there are plenty of ways to make an amazing Sunday dinner without using your oven.
Here are some of my favorite recipes for a stress-free meal:
Slow cooker roast chicken: This classic dish is easy to prepare in advance and cook low and slow in your crockpot. Just add all of your ingredients to the pot in the morning and let it do its thing while you relax all day.
Instant Pot steak: Steakhouse-quality steak doesn’t have to come from a pricey restaurant — you can make it at home using your pressure cooker. Season your steak with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like, then sear it in the Instant Pot on the sauté function. Add some broth or wine and cook on high pressure for just a few minutes before letting it natural release.
Stovetop macaroni and cheese: This rich and creamy comfort food can be made entirely on the stovetop — no need for an oven (or even a microwave). Cook your pasta according to package directions, then make a simple cheese sauce with milk, butter, flour, and shredded cheese.
Combine everything together and voilà! Everyone will enjoy your hearty meal.
Chicken Dinner Ideas – No Oven
Assuming you would like chicken dinner ideas that do not require an oven:
1. Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce: This one-skillet dish is full of flavor and so easy to make. The chicken is cooked in a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce until it is fall-apart tender. Serve this over some pasta, rice, or even cauliflower rice for a delicious and healthy meal.
2. Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken: This Instant Pot honey garlic chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love. Chicken breasts are cooked in a sweet and savory sauce made with honey, garlic, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Serve this over some rice or noodles for an easy dinner option.
3. Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken: This slow cooker salsa verde chicken is an easy and flavorful recipe perfect for busy weeknights! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this dish features chicken breasts cooked in a homemade salsa verde sauce until they are fall-apart tender. Serve this over some rice or quinoa for a complete meal.
4. One-Pot Thai Peanut Chicken: This one-pot Thai peanut chicken is a quick and easy recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this dish features chicken breasts cooked in a homemade Thai peanut sauce until they fall apart tender. Serve this over some rice or noodles for an easy dinner option.
No Oven Meals for Summer
When it’s too hot to cook, or you just don’t feel like firing up the stove, there are plenty of no-cook family dinners that are both delicious and easy to make.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Antipasto platter: A great option for an easy Italian meal. Simply assemble a platter of your favorite cured meats, cheeses, olives, roasted peppers, and breadsticks. Don’t forget the vino!
3. Cold soup: Soup doesn’t have to be hot to be delicious! Try a chilled cucumber soup or gazpacho for a refreshing summertime meal.
4. Tacos al fresco: No need to turn on the stove when tacos are on the menu! Just fill soft tortillas with your favorite fillings – we love grilled chicken or shrimp, avocado slices, and fresh salsa – and enjoy outdoors in the warm weather. Don’t forget the margaritas!
5. Fruit salad: Summertime is the peak season for fresh fruit, so take advantage of a big bowl of mixed berries, melon chunks, grapes, and more.
6. Sushi: Sushi is another great no-cook option for summer. You can buy sushi-grade fish from the grocery store or online, and then assemble it at home. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own sushi rice and nori sheets.
7. Wraps: Wraps make a great light lunch or dinner. Fill them with your favorite proteins and vegetables, then roll them up tight. No need to cook anything – just slice and serve!
Dessert Recipes Without an Oven Or Stove
If you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to heat up your kitchen with an oven or stove, never fear! There are plenty of delicious dessert recipes that can be made without either one. Some of my favorites are:
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars: These bars only require a few simple ingredients and can be made in just minutes. Plus, they’re absolutely irresistible thanks to the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Yum!
Chocolate Avocado Mousse: This healthy mousse is surprisingly flavorful and only requires a blender to make. It’s perfect for those days when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to overdo it.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bites: If you don’t have a food processor, they are just as easy to make without one! I like using frozen strawberries because it makes for a more consistent texture and color. They make the perfect summertime treat, I can assure you that.
There Are More Foods You Can Eat Without Cooking Or Refrigeration
There are plenty of foods you can eat without cooking or refrigeration!
Here are just a few examples:
Raw fruits and vegetables: Of course, you can eat raw fruits and vegetables as is. But, you can also get creative and make salads, smoothies, or even juices with them.
Dried fruits and nuts: Dried fruits and nuts make for a great snack on the go. Plus, they last a long time so you don’t have to worry about them going bad. Just be sure to check the labels to make sure they don’t contain any added sugar or salt.
Jerky: Jerky is another great option for a quick snack. You can find all sorts of flavors these days, from traditional beef jerky to more unique options like turkey or salmon jerky.
Again, just be sure to check the label for any added sugar or sodium.
Seeds and grains: Seeds and grains are perfect for those who are looking for a more filling option. They can be eaten as is or used in recipes like granola bars or energy balls.
Once again, just be mindful of any added ingredients when purchasing pre-packaged seeds and grains.
Usually, I don’t like cooking from scratch. I like to buy ingredients at the store, and prepare my meals in the microwave. However, I do not believe that microwaving is healthy for you, so I always try to prepare meals in other ways. I use a slow cooker a lot, and I also make a lot of my own meals. This way, I am sure that my food is fresh and healthy.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below and maybe I can help you out!