I'm in the process of moving, so I'm in a hotel for another week before I make the 4 day ferry ride to my new house. I have a super mini-fridge and a microwave. I'm on an island in Southeast Alaska so restaurants are super expensive up here, my family and I have spent about a grand on dining out in the past week and a half!!Help me come up with some paleo-friendly hotel cooking...I'm stumped and I can't just live off Larabars and smoked salmon.
I realize availability of products isn't going to be as abundant as in the lower 48, and I understand that eggs are very expensive in Alaska, too. I'm just going to make a list off the top of my head and hopefully, there will be something helpful in it.
Sweet potatoes microwaved like a baked potato with toppings of choice (poke with a fork to vent the potato first)
Liverwurst - I like to just snack on it plain, but it's good with mustard, too
Steamed veggies w/ butter - pick up some cheap ceramic dishes if possible - a bowl and a plate to use as a microwave steamer (the plate is the lid) for veggies. Frozen broccoli, etc. If you're avoiding chemicals in cans, then you don't want to nuke plastic dishes, either.
salads with shrimp (and/or HB eggs) & olive oil, choice of tasty vinegar and dry spices. EDIT: I'm thinking you could hard boil eggs by picking up a 4 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup, put about 3 cups of water in it, bring it to a fierce boil in the microwave, then drop 2-3 eggs in (probably just two). Keep in a warm place and/or cover with hotel towels... in about 22 minutes, you should have HB eggs or something close to it. You could also try it with eggs in the water, but first poke a pin hole into the top of each egg.
Bacon can be nuked between paper towels, and it isn't bad. Eat on its own or as a topping for items above
See if you can find deli meats without nitrates. Also good in a salad, wrapped around some kind of veggie or bacon or whatever else is available.
Oh! Forgot - I do this one a lot! Lettuce leaves topped with canned tuna mixed with whatever you like to make tuna salad with... making your own mayo won't be likely in a hotel, but maybe some onions and vinegar, mustard and whatever else you like and can get. Toss it and use the lettuce leaves as a vehicle for eating, top with anything else you like. Yes, I know, more fish, but maybe a way to change it up.
I'll edit this as the evening goes by and I (hopefully) think of more things that are palatable microwaved.
We've been renovating our kitchen and I've been without sink and oven and cooktop for a few weeks. I've been using my Crockpot. Even if you don't already have one, it'll pay for itself in a couple of days.
I was stuck in a motel for over a month on a remodel situation with only small frig. and microwave. Yes, there were many poached eggs and bacon in the microwave. Since you don't do dairy or canned you are more limited. ...fresh fish sounds great to me since we have ZERO available! but I am not sure how to fix in microwave. Beef jerky?
My recommendation would be to go to Trader Joes, Safeway, ( not sure what's available to you) and pick up:
Precooked chicken breasts Hardboiled eggs ( these are available at Safeway or similar) Nitrate free hot dogs Bacon Tomatoes Onions Fruit Peperoncinis Spinach
It might not be exciting but you are set with hot dog dinners (sans buns), and eggs & bacon breakfasts, and chicken spinach and pepper lunches with fruit for snacks.
You can prepare various stews in the microwave:
First heat fat an onions, add finely chopped meats (chicken or turkey) or meatballs, cook a few minutes, add finely chopped vegetables (cellery, carrots, tomatoes, peppers...) and boiling water, salt and spices/herbs, cook untill it boils on full heat, than for about 20 - 30 minutes on medium/low power until done.
I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com