Autumn/Winter “NO Oven” Recipes Please

Autumn/Winter “NO Oven” Recipes Please

Hello Everyone,

Like everyone else I'm trying to avoid the Oven and cook with gadgets like; slow cooker, air fryer, remoska, microwave, or instant pressure pot.

Can you please recommend your favourite family meals that don’t use the oven.

Anything that’s perfect for batch cooking and freezing too, thank you xx




  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
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    Pulled pork in the slow cooker. This is my favourite

    And portions up and freezes well. I did a 2kg joint last and think it made about ten servings.

    need to do veg on the stove or microwave, unless you have it in a bun of course. 
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  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
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    Also curry usually works well started on the hob for the spices and then chucked in the slow cooker. 

    I like this one and only use mild curry powder.
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  • BrieBrie Forumite
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    Any variation of a coq au vin.  We tend to use chicken thighs but have been known to joint a chicken as well.  There's just 2 of us (with big appetites...) so a chicken or a 8 pack of thighs will do 2 dinners for us both and enough extra for a lunch or a jacket potato topper.  

    Variations include using cider or even stock instead of wine.  Bulking out with whatever vegetables are on offer (courgettes are great).  Alternatively you can use pork or rabbit instead of chicken.  Or go to the dark side and head for a beouf bourginon.  

    If you want a roast dinner there's boiled beef or it's Austrian cousin tafelspitz.  I cook lots of root veg in with the beef and they get served along side.  A nice piece of beef might do us 2 dinners again.  And on the third night all the left over liquid and veg get zizzed for soup.  A nice gammon/ham works well too but I find the water too salty to save for anything.  

    We don't have any fancy kit to cook with so it's just the big pot on the stove top.  

    My other favourite to avoid the oven (& washing up!) is my BBQ (ok so it's fancy kit....) and we use it for a lot of stuff.  Great to cook a side of salmon, slow roast/smoke a chicken, perfect for any other roast.  We do skewers with offal - hearts and kidneys work well.  Also lots of veg - courgette topped and tailed and split length wise grills up nicely.  So does asparagus and chunks of pepper or onions on skewers.  New potatoes, corn on the cob.....  I know people do pineapple and bananas on theirs as well.  And yes - I do use it year round so none of the this just in the sunny summer for me!!!
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  • joedenisejoedenise Forumite
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    I do stuffed peppers in the Remoska.  Can use all sorts for the filling.  I start off by cooking the halved peppers cut side down for about 15-20 minutes to soften, turn over and then stuff with LO chilli, curry, bolognaise or veg packed rice or couscous and then top with grated cheese.  Put back in the Remoska until the cheese is melted and golden.  Serve with some salad or new potatoes.

    Veggie chilli or curry either in the SC or on the hob.  Leftovers can be portioned and frozen for later to be reheated in the microwave.

    Anything you can cook in the oven can be cooked in the Remoska, just need to change the timings a bit as everything is cooked at the same temperature.

  • CapricornLassCapricornLass Forumite
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    Don't forget things like bolognaise sauce, chilli, mince, tagines, stews, which can all be cooked in the slow cooker and then portioned up and frozen for later use.

    Does your microwave have a convection oven?  Some do, and heating that needs less power than switching the oven on.
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  • MSE_Laura_FMSE_Laura_F Community Admin
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    A few ideas here:

    I love a fridge cheesecake.
  • Miss_BehavingMiss_Behaving Forumite
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    A favourite in our house is Hugh F-W’s store cupboard chickpea curry. Can be served with flatbreads or rice
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  • jackieblackjackieblack Forumite
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    I’ve bought one of those tower steamers so I can cook something in liquid in the bottom pot and steam veggies in the top two while only using one ring 
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  • LongwalkerLongwalker Forumite
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    Im using my Ninja ( 15 in 1 ) more and more now and whilst I dont have any recipes, I just adapt everything I would have cooked elsewhere - oven / hob 

    I cant mind the last time I had the oven on, and now Im getting the hang of things, Ive used the hob once this week. Its just a question of adapting, sometimes I dont get it right, but can usually rescue it 
  • flamingo747flamingo747 Forumite
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    Most canned things can be microwaved,  there's things like chicken in white sauce, tikka masala, both can be done with microwave rice. Jacket potatoes with beans or tuna. Not fancy, but does the job 
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