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Can You Cook Without Your Oven?

Since taking on the Reliant Challenge in October, I’ve been making a conscious effort to change our energy habits.

Lights are now being turned off in bedrooms as we move from room to room. I do a walk through of the house when we’re heading out to make sure there’s nothing on or running when we leave. And now, I always do a quick check of the Nest to make sure it’s set correctly since we’re still having some weird fall Texas weather.

But I have to be honest, this is about all I know how to do cut down on our electricity costs. Thankfully, Reliant has been helping me because I’m sure my limited amount of knowledge would not win me this contest!

One of the ways they’ve challenged us this month is to limit the use of our oven. Why? Did you know that using your oven for 1 hour at 365 degrees will cost an average of $0.16 each time you use it compared to a microwave oven which averages $0.03 on high for 15 minutes? Obviously we’re not talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, but when it comes to being more energy efficient that 2 kWh vs. 0.36 kWh is definitely more energy-friendly!

So, I took this challenge seriously and I went on a mission to find some meals that I could make for 1 week–leaving the oven behind!

What Did Our Meals Look Like?

I’ll be honest–being on Weight Watchers definitely helped during this challenge. Typically, anything that goes into our oven isn’t always the most healthy. It usually involves some kind of “Cream of …” or pasta.  So skipping the oven was actually a no-brainer when trying to find meals that would be diet-friendly.

Meals included:

– Simple grilled Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches

– Santa Fe Chicken Salad from Tom Thumb

– Alton Brown’s Fajita Marinade on the grill

– Steak & Asparagus on the grill

– America’s Test Kitchen’s Skillet Chicken with Penne & Broccoli (See photos of it here.)

Crockin’ Girls Mexican Lasagna

These were just a few of my personal favorites, but I’m now on a mission to find some great new recipes that are energy-saving. And thanks to a few of my blogger friends I now have a whole list of recipes that spare the oven and will get me one step closer to winning this challenge!


On the Side

Life on the Horizon: Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Carrie Elle: Five Fruit Salad

Carrie Elle: Corn Salad


The Main Dish

Crystal & Co.: Lime Garlic Butter Salmon

Coffee & Giggles: Crockpot Creamy Chicken Taco Chili

Crystal & Co.: English Muffin Pizza

Southern Yankee Mix: Grilled Smoked Sausage Kabobs

Roubinek Reality: Texas Jambalaya

Crystal & Co.: Cabbage Beef Casserole

 Do you have any recipes you can share? 

**I am participating in a energy-saving competition sponsored by Reliant. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.