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Old 03-07-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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What to eat during a kitchen remodel?

We are starting our kitchen remodel in two weeks. I will have a refrigerator, a microwave and hot water from a Keurig. That's it. No oven, no cook top for approximately two months. I'd like to stay low carb, preferably induction levels. Any ideas? I don't want to eat out every meal, although I know we will often.

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Old 03-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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Cook proteins ahead and freeze them. That will help a lot if you can just thaw and microwave (crockpot?) foods
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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Cook proteins ahead and freeze them. That will help a lot if you can just thaw and microwave (crockpot?) foods
I was trying to stay away from the crockpot as I won't have anywhere to do dishes besides the tub which is on another level.

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Old 03-07-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Outdoor grilled steaks, chops, chicken, fish, shrimp and nuke some veggies to go with.

If you have any favorite casseroles, go ahead and make them now and freeze them for nuking later.

Do you have an electric skillet? [Do they still make them?]
They also make electric indoor grills.

My sister and BIL bought an old house and remodeled the kitchen themselves. They learned to cook everything with a microwave, electric skillet, toaster oven, crock pot and popcorn popper. When she wanted to bake, she went to Mom's house.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:37 PM   #5
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I don't do induction so I'm not sure if what I'm suggesting will be low enough, but I hope it's helpful...

Making and freezing your meats/casseroles in advance will be a huge help but I'm guessing you won't be able to fit 2 months worth of that in your fridge.

An electric skillet or a toaster oven would be super handy, they can be gotten fairly cheaply at Walmart.

Grocery store rotisserie chickens would be very helpful too. It's kind of a compromise between eating out and home cooking. You can eat them as is or break them down to chopped meat for different things....I use that and low carb tortillas to make a wide variety of sandwiches and quesadillas.

For the crockpot, I think they sell liners so you won't have to clean the crock? Maybe see if you can find something like that.

In the freezer section of my store Tyson sells pre-cut chunks of grilled chicken...that can be microwaved and put on top of salads or what not.

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I think that's about it for my ideas...Best of Luck!

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Old 03-07-2014, 05:47 PM   #6
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Been there done that with the kitchen remodel. I wasn't doing lc at the time, but I can tell ya that I never wanted to see a microwave dinner again. Which is actually an option for you stock up on Atkins frozen meals.

And if you have kids, animals and a husband.....you will be doing more dishes than you think.

Dottie's idea was excellent, you have 2 weeks to cook meats and meals to freeze. Tuna salad is always easy and induction friendly. Lunch meat and cheeses. Canned chicken can be used for salads or nuked for easy meals.

I don't know how many you will be cooking for, but the best thing to help get you through it is a sense of humor. Years ago a friend of mine was going through a kitchen remodel. She had two teenage sons at the time, when they would ask her what's for dinner.....she would say "the same as last night....5 bucks".

Good luck. You will get used to your makeshift temp kitchen in no time.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:52 PM   #7
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Several good ideas here--but wanted to reinforce Dawn's suggestion about crock pot liners. We used to use them in the concession stand at school. It made clean-up sooooo much easier. If you can't find the liners, you can use roasting bags.

Congrats on your new (to-be) kitchen!
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:15 AM   #8
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I went through a 7 week kitchen remodel several years ago while I was still low carbing. I cooked mostly in a microwave on a card table in my bedroom, and washed dishes in the upstairs bathtub, lol! I just want to say it's not that bad. You'll get pretty clever, I'm sure. You've gotten a lot of good suggestions here, so I can't really add anything. Good luck!
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:37 AM   #9
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Not a remodel, but a way of life for me.

I live in an old ranch house that my parents redid in 1999 to be a guest house, was never intended to be lived in full time until mom got sick and I moved home to the ranch to care for her. The electrical service at this house doesn't support a stove being inside. So they just never put one in. I bought a utility shed and put it beside the house and put a stove, large freezer, extra refrigerator and of course all my storage things in it. As the house has one tiny closet in the bathroom and that's it. So I do have a stove... Just not a convenient one.

Kitchen only has about 4 total feet counter space and a sink. Think really small lol. I use my stove outside a lot. But for day to day stuff, it's grilling on the gas grill, electric skillet, crockpot, single burner, microwave, toaster oven etc. it can be done lol. My electric skillet is my fav and my go to on just about everything.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:24 PM   #10
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I would purchase a camp style cook stove. They are great! We bought a really nice one for camping and we also use it when we are canning in the summer so as not to get the house hot.
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I went thru a kitchen remodel on LC and my favorite meal was egg salad or chicken salad straight out of the container. Plus brown bag lunch type things like cheese cubes, nuts, and cut up veggies.

Also I moved my coffee maker into the office and got some "to-go" cups. That was really helpful.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:27 PM   #12
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An induction burner might be a good purchase so you can fry, sauté, or boil. Or, back in the Pleistocene era when I was a college student I cooked EVERYTHING in an electric skillet and washed dishes in the (scrupulously cleaned!) bathroom sink.

Now I have an Instant Pot. An electric pressure cooker that also sautes, steams, makes rice, and slow cooks. It has an easy to clean removable stainless steel liner. I would totally use that if my kitchen was out of commission.
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