I’ve known for a while that cooking in the microwave wasn’t the healthiest, and that maybe we shouldn’t stand close while it was running, but when I heard the first few minutes of this webinar I decided “out it goes!!!”. It took me another couple weeks to actually move it, but I got it done one day. The extra counter space was GLORIOUS! I didn’t feel like my counters were overrun with appliances (we don’t have a cabinet mounted microwave, which stinks but made it much easier to remove!) and things just looked less cluttered overall.
My husband wasn’t quite as excited. First I got an eye roll and that look that said, “oh good, more hippie voodoo…”. Then he joked. “Would you like some Ramen noodles? Oh WAIT…we don’t have a microwave!” (To which I replied they can be made on the stove…and let’s talk about not healthy!) And OH MY LORD how will we ever heat things up??!!! For someone who is cool with living pretty simply and who has old fashioned values, he sure wasn’t embracing my attempt at healthy change.
Faith panicked for a moment. “How will I make hot cocoa??”. But when I told her we can make it on the stove, she was cool.
Personally I prefer heating up pizza in the oven anyway, and found out this week that spaghetti reheated on the stove is also much better. In all reality it really doesn’t take that long to reheat food sans microwave. I had a couple moments where, out of habit, I left something for last minute while doing lunch prep because I was used to microwaving it in a few minutes (like frozen broccoli). But I knew with a few weeks of adjustment I could retrain my brain.
Sadly, the hubby couldn’t take it anymore and brought it back up within the week. He refused to heat up the oven (and threw out some ridiculous amount that our utilities would cost to do so) “just to heat up pizza”,,,or whatever. I mentioned to him last night that a toaster oven would be a good compromise, and he didn’t argue, so I may just ditch the microwave yet. If you’re considering doing the same, here’s a great post at One Good Thing By Jillee listing some helpful appliances to have in the kitchen to make that transition easier!
My toaster oven is ordered, so maybe we’ll be able to ditch the microwave AND the toaster for this one appliance!