How to Survive Without an Oven ...and Still Eat Delicious, Healthy Meals

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it?

The Slow Cooker

My slow cooker is one of my best friends in the kitchen. I have roasted whole chickens, made rice, made apple butter, cooked a breakfast casserole, whipped up spaghetti, and even made the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my slow cooker. I’m truly amazed at how versatile the slow cooker can be. I love to cook as much from scratch as possible, but I also lead a busy life. My slow cooker lets me cook a nutritious meal without taking up a lot of time. I can start a meal and it’s ready to go at dinnertime. Plus it doesn’t heat up the whole house. These are some of my favorite slow cooker recipes.

Countertop Roaster Oven

This is where I do my baking. It’s not always as easy to use as an oven. It takes up quite a bit of counter space, so I usually store it and have to pull it out when I need it. And takes at least twice as long to bake anything as a conventional oven. Large items don’t always cook through, so I try to bake in smaller pans or make cupcakes instead of full-sized cakes. That being said, I have learned to work with these drawbacks and am happy to have it.

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NuWave Induction Cooktop

ovenThis handy appliance is kind of like a single electric burner. It’s great for whipping up eggs for breakfast, making a stir fry, or cooking up some noodles. It cooks by induction, so it only works with certain pans. I love my cast iron cookware, and fortunately it works with induction! It takes up very little counter space and has several settings to make cooking easy. The only drawback is that I wish I had a double so I could cook two things at once. Later this week I’ll share a full review.

NuWave Roaster Ovenoven

This is my favorite kitchen appliance. It was a wedding gift from my father-in-law. Even when I had an oven, I used the NuWave more. There are a couple of different models; I have the NuWave Pro Plus. I have had to replace the dome, as mine got cracked when we moved. But it was super simple to install the new one.

It does take up a little counter space. But you can use it without heating up your house, making it great for summertime. If you forget to take something out for dinner, you can still pop it in this oven frozen. You can cook two items at once, such as a meat dish on one level and your vegetables on another. If you purchase the extender ring, you can cook a whole turkey in it. I’ve even made hard-boiled eggs in mine. It’s not great for baking, though. That’s why I use the countertop roaster oven.

The NuWave cooks by combing¬†infrared, convection, and conduction cooking. I’m not a scientist, so I don’t fully understand how that works and I’m not going to try to explain it. I do know this means that your food cooks faster and more evenly than in a traditional oven. This is also why it can cook foods without defrosting them first. And meats come out so juicy and tender. Stay tuned for a full review later this week.

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Final Thoughts

We do use a microwave for a few things, but I’m ready to replace it with a toaster oven. I think it’s going anyway; it’s been acting up lately. That just gives me an excuse to buy a new appliance! We also use an electric tea kettle to heat water.

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With a little extra planning, it is entirely possible to live without an oven and still cook delicious, healthful meals for your family. The right appliances definitely help.

What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? Share in the comments below, then read more:

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7 thoughts on “How to Survive Without an Oven

  1. I’ve been thinking about getting a slow cooker for a while now. Would you say it’s more economical in the long run? And I don’t have a microwave! I’ve managed to do without one for the past few years now so I don’t think I’ll be getting one.

    1. I don’t know for sure if it’s more economical, but it seems like it would be. What I love most about my slow cooker is that I can set up a one dish type of meal in the morning and it’s ready by dinnertime. It usually only takes a few minutes and requires minimal prep time. So it’s definitely a time saver. As far as the microwave, when this one dies, I have no plans to replace it.

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