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So Tired of Pasta! What Recipes Can I Cook With Just Two Burners?

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I just moved to a new apartment that doesn't have an oven. Unfortunately, most of the easy, cheap meals that are staples for me involve roasting or baking. I am having some trouble getting creative with the new school year already in full swing, and I have been living on a diet of (what else?) pasta. Help! hehe What are some alternatives that I can make with just two burners to get me out of my pasta and pesto rut? (Keep in mind, I also don't have a freezer or any kind of food processors — I'm on a strict student budget after all!)
post #2 of 16

Tacos, Burritos,Tostadas, Quesadillas, Anything wrapped in or on a corn or flour tortilla.

post #3 of 16

Get a wok and go Chinese. You wont regret. Almost no ovens in Chinese cooking.

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post #4 of 16

Something inexpensive i have done is find "smoked" hot dogs ($2 at my local Wal-mart for 8 in a pack), but a small bag of russet potatoes ($2-3 locally for me, or buy per lb for like $1 per lb), a loose onion (sold per lb, normally really cheap) and fresh green bell pepper or 2 ($1 each near me).

 

If you cook the diced potatoes in a bit of oil, then add diced onions and peppers as the potatoes soften, make sure to salt to taste, if you have something like Italian seasoning or other spices you like, add them here. Slice the hot dogs at an angle and toss in the mix. 

 

Once the potatoes are tender in the center but still hold their form, AND the hot dogs are nice and hot, maybe even a bit carmalized remove from heat and serve immediately.

 

 

This is one of the recipes i stick with, when im strapped for cash. I find the 1 pack of hot dogs can feed 4 or more people in a pinch. or works great and reheats well for leftovers

post #5 of 16

There is a whole world of curries out there that are suitable to one or two burners. Indian, Malay, Kenyan, Caribbean, Asian, the list goes on and on. Stews as well check out this thread

 

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post #6 of 16

Find some easy Indian curry recipes like this one:

 

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/02/confessions-of-a-cumin-junkie/

 

or,go to the nearest Asian grocery, buy some curry paste & coconut milk and go Thai curry instead:

 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Thai-Chicken-Curry-103786

 

 

Or ethnic stew type recipes like this one:

 

http://saffronandlemons.blogspot.com/2008/09/mualle-turkish-eggplant-tomato-and.html

 

There are also many, many tagine recipes out there that can be made on one burner with chickpeas or just little bits or meat or chicken.

 

Or greens sauteed in the fat from sauteed sausages, pancetta or bacon, spiked with some chili flakes and a healthy dose of garlic and topped with a fried or poached egg is often dinner for me.

 

If it were winter there I'd suggest all kinds of soups or stews that can be made cheaply and deliciously--my favorite soup in winter is some variation on white bean, sausage and sweet potato or squash with kale or other greens. Sometimes made with a tomato base, sometimes just a garlicky broth.

post #7 of 16

Some great recipes here already.....tons of wonderfully delicious food you can make!

 

I would also say to go out and buy a crock pot as you can cook so much in a crock pot even while you are at class. You through in your ingredients turn it on and off to class you go. When you come home at night VOILA....instant cooked meal! You can make everything from roast beef, stews, cooked chicken, bread....you name it. If you are strapped for cash go to the local second hand store as there always seems to be a crock pot or two hanging about for a good price.

post #8 of 16

I cooked with just 2 burners for a long time and didn't find it much of a limitation. But then, I love Asian food which both Cheflayne and Chicago Terry have already mentioned is easy to do with 2 burners.

 

I don't know how you cook your rice. I do the following: 2 cups rice to 3 cups water (by volume). Bring to the boil, give it one swirl, close the lid,  then turn the heat as low as it goes for a couple of minutes. After this you can take it of the burner and it will be ready about 10-15 minutes later. Maybe wrap the pot in a tea towel to keep warm, but I normally don't bother.

Now you have your rice done and 2 burners free for the side dishes.

 

I do remember another thread like this of some years ago. I will see if I can find it back for you

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post #10 of 16
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WOW! Those food you mentioned are utterly delicious! I'll try those tomorrow. now I can say goodbye to pasta! :D

post #11 of 16
May I suggest buying a crock pot. With it you can do so much including turning inexpensive roast cuts into wonder food.
post #12 of 16

This is basically a frittata. Fry some bacon or sausage. Remove and drain. Fry potatoes in the fat with whatever you like-onions, peppers, mushrooms. When potatoes are done, add beaten eggs and cooked meat. Pull the potato mixture around so the egg can get to the bottom and cook. (Like you would an omlette.) If you make it pretty thick, you might have to slide it out on a plate and then flip it back into the skillet to get the top done.

 

You can top with cheese, sour cream, salsa, marinara, whatever direction you want to go.

 

You can also do it meatless or with ham. Fry in oil and add cooked ham after potatoes are almost done.

 

This is so cheap and easy. My MIL lived through the depression with 6 kids on simple dishes like this and her garden.

post #13 of 16

You could prepare a gourmet dinner for 6 with only a two burner stove

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post #14 of 16

One pot meals are the first thing that pops into my mind.

 

Risotto!

 

Soups like lentil, navy bean, beef barley, chicken rice, all those can be done cheaply.

 

Stews - although since you're in class all day I agree with the others that said buy a crockpot.  I've heard you can even make lasagna in a crock pot.

 

Proteins such as chicken breast, steak, pork chops or sausage in one burner, and on the other burner cook rice, couscous, farroh, quinoa, or legumes to accompany it.

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post #15 of 16

When I was remodeling this house in the first 5 years I lived in it(I aid as I went, no credit so it was slow going) all I had to cook on was a 2 burner propane camp stove, crockpot, and a toaster oven(largest I could afford and find). With those 3 I turned out a full blown thanksgiving dinner for 12 one year. Pot roasts are easy, soups, meatballs in gravy, hamburgers/hotdogs, grilled sandwiches, omelets of all types, you can even find a burner top oven that is used with camp stoves for baking. Look in the camping section at WalMart or a sporting goods store.

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Find some easy Indian curry recipes like this one:

 

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/02/confessions-of-a-cumin-junkie/

 

or,go to the nearest Asian grocery, buy some curry paste & coconut milk and go Thai curry instead:

 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Thai-Chicken-Curry-103786

 

 

Or ethnic stew type recipes like this one:

 

http://saffronandlemons.blogspot.com/2008/09/mualle-turkish-eggplant-tomato-and.html

 

There are also many, many tagine recipes out there that can be made on one burner with chickpeas or just little bits or meat or chicken.

 

Or greens sauteed in the fat from sauteed sausages, pancetta or bacon, spiked with some chili flakes and a healthy dose of garlic and topped with a fried or poached egg is often dinner for me.

 

If it were winter there I'd suggest all kinds of soups or stews that can be made cheaply and deliciously--my favorite soup in winter is some variation on white bean, sausage and sweet potato or squash with kale or other greens. Sometimes made with a tomato base, sometimes just a garlicky broth.

Thanks for the recipes :)

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