The No Microwave Journey
I have always had a microwave in my home for as long as I remember. I sometimes think it is one of the greatest kitchen inventions ever made. A microwave is an all-around handy product. You can quickly throw an item in the microwave and within minutes have a meal to eat. I never imagined my life without one nor did I want to consider giving up my microwave. Somehow along the way I found myself make The No Microwave Journey.
The No Microwave Journey was not something I purposely set out to do. Three years ago, after my divorce I decided to move five states away and start a new adventure. I moved into an apartment for my children and I that was on the third floor. The apartment I rented did not come with a microwave. At first, I had considered buying a small inexpensive microwave. My two children and I didn’t need anything big and fancy like we had before. A simple, small microwave would have done the job perfectly. This is where The No Microwave Journey began.
The idea of no microwave did not appeal to me. Being without one seemed like such problem. I mean all the frozen meals we enjoyed required a microwave. I was pretty sure that was the only way to thaw meat or cook popcorn. So when I moved into my apartment I thought, what we will do now, how will we even eat?
The No Microwave Journey started simply out of laziness. There was no way no how I was carrying a microwave up three flights of stairs. I absolutely refused to do it. I did consider buying one online so the mail man would have to carry it upstairs. Budget didn’t allow for the microwave at the time. Now this journey took a different turn. After a little time, my children began to beg and beg me to buy a microwave, they missed the convenience of one so much. So at this point The No Microwave Journey slowly became about not buying one just to spite my children. I am a mean mommy, I know. The more the children wanted a microwave, the more I refused to buy one. It just became a game for us. The kids would see something in the store they wanted and say “Oh that would be good…. WAIT…. we don’t have a microwave”. They never passed up a chance to let me know I was putting them out by not buying a microwave.
Then The No Microwave Journey took an unexpected turn. I slowly started learning how to make things the normal, old fashion way. Who knew you could make popcorn on the stove top? Let me tell you, stove top popcorn is so fun to make for me and the kids and it tastes so much better. Frozen meals were a challenge at first but I even learned how to make those. Slowly but surely, I noticed we were eating less convenient “junk” foods. Actually, we were probably eating less all around. In the past, if one of us got hungry, we didn’t think about it much. You simply got up, threw something quick in the microwave and soon had a simple snack. NOW, with no microwave, you give a great deal of thought into how bad you really want something. A frozen meal can take up to 45 minutes in the oven but to grab a pear or apple takes seconds. I began to notice our choices became healthier. We started eating more and more home cooked, nutritious, full meals.
The No Microwave Journey is not one I planned on taking nor ever wanted to take. For many reasons, I found myself without
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