Simple Meals for a Broken Oven... or a hot summer day.

Our oven broke this week...again.  We have had to have the electrical panel replaced 3 times in the past 5 years.  It usually goes out around holiday time- while we are using both ovens & cooking overtime.  This time, there was no warning, it just quit working.  I hadn't even used it that day.  So since I have been unable to bake, I have done lots of grilling and stove cooking.  Not really a big deal.  It's pretty hot to use the oven these days. 

Here's what I've been making this week, nothing fancy...

Crock Pot Shredded Barbecue Pork
Throw a pork roast into the crock pot with some barbecue sauce & let it cook on low all day, until tender & shreds.  Serve on a bun roll with some cole slaw.  Yum!

Falafel Pita Wraps
Use a falafel mix to make the falafel- super easy- cook in oil on the stove. 
Stuff with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions

Falafel is made from ground chick peas & is fried in oil.  They are really good, trust me!  It's a common Middle Eastern cuisine- they sell them in little street stands there. 

Tzatziki sauce is a yogurt dill sauce.  I make it with plain Greek yogurt, a little dill (fresh if you have it), garlic salt, lemon juice & a little pepper.  Peel & dice a cucumber & add it into the sauce. 

Pasta with Philly Cooking Cream
Have you tried this yummy sauce yet? It's in the dairy section at the grocery store.  I like the savory garlic flavor.  Cook some pasta, & drain it, mix the cooking cream into the pasta, toss with some grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, fresh herbs and toasted pine nuts.  Simple, delicious meal. 


I love such meals because they are not so time consuming.