If you cook as much as I do, you know how important it is to have a working oven. A little over a week ago, I noticed a heavy gas smell during a marathon cooking session. Chalking it up to my over-activity in the kitchen, I opened the windows and let the house air out. When the gas smell continued, I knew it was time to call the gas company. They confirmed what I had already assumed: a gas leak. While I not so patiently wait for the oven to be repaired, I’ve had to be more flexible when it comes to mealtime.

falafel salad Bite Of Minnesota: Falafel Salad

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Before running to the store (or out to eat), I turned to what was left in my refrigerator and freezer. Finding a bag of spinach, leftover roasted tomatoes, and a tub of hummus, I decided on a salad. Using my toaster oven, I heated frozen falafel from Foxy Falafel, toasted lavash bread and quick-pickled red onions. With the excess oil from the tomatoes, I drizzled a little of the pickle mixture (hot water, cider vinegar, and dried herbs) over the salad to make a dressing. It turned into a delicious dinner with enough leftover for lunch the next day.

Considering I don’t know when the oven will be repaired (we’re waiting on specialty parts), what other meals would you suggest for someone who is temporarily oven-less?


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