Best Meals for a Kitchen Renovation

Are you finally going to get the kitchen of your dreams? Is your home a mess, your kitchen in shambles, and your family ready for dinner? It’s difficult to work around a kitchen renovation; for many families, it’s the hearth of the home, the place where everyone gathers to talk, laugh, and most of all, eat. But what are you to do when you don’t have access to the kitchen? Here, we’ve complied some tips and ideas to keep your family fed and happy for the duration of your renovation. It’s tough now, but just think of the space you’ll have in just a few days!

Take Advantage of Appliances

This is the first and probably most useful tip to take advantage of. Even though you have no access to an oven or stove, you can still make plenty of delicious magic happen if you’ve got one of these.

  • Microwave: This one might be a little tough to get hold of, but it’s definitely your best bet when it comes to kitchen-free meals. Microwave meals have been the best friend of the twenty-something and working singles for years now, so take advantage of them! Steam bags of vegetables, frozen stir fry, even hot pockets a meal make when you’re one kitchen short.
  • Toaster Oven: Possibly even more useful than a microwave, a toaster oven lives up to its name, toasting sandwiches and baking pies alike. If you can get your hands on a toaster oven, you’re set. Treat it like you would any regularly sized oven and bake up a storm!
  • Pressure Cooker: A little more mobile than the first two, there are hundreds of recipes for pressure cookers on the internet, like roasts and chicken’n’rice. If you’re feeling a little lighter fare, soups, meats, even kid-friendly dishes like mac and cheese are excellent and easy options.
  • Grill: Do you have a grill out on the deck? There are all kinds of grilling opportunities for the open-minded. Fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, even baked potatoes can be cooked to perfection on a grill. Why not make a day out of it and have a barbecue?

Dining Out and Leftovers

While it might not be the healthiest option available, there’s just no way around it; dining out is your best bet. No cleanup and no effort is required to cook a nice meal in these trying conditions. A night out on the town can help you relax and not think about the stress and anticipation of renovation for a while.

If you can afford to go to nicer places, try ordering larger entrees, or even two! Leftovers are your best friend when it comes to living without a usable kitchen. Simply reheat and enjoy for a day or two after the event, saving you from washing dishes in the bathroom sink and providing a little variety to your repertoire of creative, kitchen-free meals. You can even take it a step further and make extra of your pressure cooker chili or microwaveable bag of veggies. Cooking more now means less work for a few days; why worry about making meals every day when you can take some of that pressure off?

One more tip: Use disposable dishware and silverware whenever you can. It may not be as environmentally friendly, but it’s going to save you a lot of grief if you haven’t any access to a dishwasher.

We hope some of these tips and tricks will make your kitchen renovation a little easier for everyone involved. Keep your head up, and picture the dream kitchen you’ll have in just a few short weeks! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Legal Eagle Contractors or the contents of this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us.