Cooking Without Pots 101

I used to have a set of pots and pans. All different sized cookware to say.. boil water for pasta, saute some stuff, scramble eggs. There’s more complicated things people do with pots and pans.. but I’d say that was my range. However, in my new apartment, I don’t have any of these items. How I found myself without pots and pans is a long, “did you really do that Mel?” story, that I won’t get into, but none the less, here I am.

Without pots, one is really limited to three ways of cooking/making food:

  • microwave
  • toaster oven
  • real deal oven

I’ve been pretty surprised with how versatile all of these items can be (yeah I guess real deal oven is not new news…). But I have to say I’m especially uncovering the awesomeness of the microwave.

Did you know you can make eggs in the microwave? Or a sweet potato? No? It’s really, really fast.

Eggs In The Microwave Directions:

  • Crack one egg into a microwavable mug
  • Scramble it up or leave it whole–whichever you prefer (I’m a scrambler)
  • Add some salt and pepper into the mug. Bonus: add oregano. Seriously, it makes the eggs rock.
  • Place mug in microwave for 1 minute (might be 1:20 depending on your micro power).
  • Donezo.

Sweet Potato In The Microwave Directions:

  • Either keep whole and poke w/ a fork, or slice into 1/2″ discs
  • Put potato on a plate and cover in plastic wrap
  • If whole: micro for 4-5 mins; if discs: micro for 3-4 mins
  • Donezo.
  • Bonus: Take discs, spread peanut butter and jelly on each bite, and eat it for breakfast. mm hm. I do this.

I’ve also found that microwaving tomatoes is the shit. Check it out:

micro power

What else can be done in the microwave? Coffee. Coffee?!?! Coffee. I don’t have a coffee pot or kettle to boil water in, so it’s me, the micro, and instant Folgers. Just micro a mug w/ water for 1:30, add teaspoon of instant coffee. Drink that shit. I find coffee is especially useful when drank on an empty stomach in the morning. I wrote this post in 15 minutes and my leg is shaking. heh.

Toaster over and conventional oven adventures to come.

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7 responses to “Cooking Without Pots 101

  1. oooh i like this. since i’ll be moving into a studio in sunset park (new development) with only a microwave and toaster oven, this is very helpful.

    and how do you, fellow coffee fiend, not have a coffee maker? ludicrous, i tell you. i’m thinking of getting a mini-french press for myself when i move. french press coffee = the shit.

  2. chicken and bbq sauce. rocking.

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