Pizza and why I won’t reheat it in the Microwave.

People are always astounded when they don’t see a microwave in our kitchen. And it always comes back to the same question. How do you reheat your food”? For us, there is more to it then just being able to reheat our food. We have always known the concerns and dangers of using microwaves but never thought we could get rid of it. But we didn’t want to feed our kids food where the nutritional value was being decreased and the food would be changing on a molecular level just for the convenience. So how did we manage to get rid of our microwave.

When Jamie found out she was pregnant we knew we needed to stop now. Granted, it wasn’t an overnight fix. First, Jamie would just walk away when I was using the microwave. But this just wasn’t enough. We needed to get rid of that bad boy. So, we got a convection toaster oven. We use two little pans to toss any kind of food in and reheat. We also  reheat certain foods in a pot on the stove too. We haven’t had one time since tossing our microwave out where we thought “I could really use a microwave right now”.

Some examples:
Baby bottle: we fill a small pot with about an inch of water, turn on medium heat and toss the glass baby bottle in until warm. Simple, right?

Meatloaf: we just cut it up into chunks and turn the convection oven on to our default of 300• and plop it in and stir once or twice till warm.

I know you might be thinking that stuff would dry out. One, we don’t really eat many foods where this would be the case like, pasta, rice, etc. But if you do, just add a little water before you toss it in. Super simple.

If you want to learn more about the dangers of your microwave here is a great article.

Now to the food.

Pizza

Recipe thanks to the Primal-Palate.

Ingredients for the crust:
1 large eggplant
1 egg (Preferably Pasture Raised)
1/4 Cup flax seed meal
1/4 Cup almond meal/flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Process:
Preheat oven to 350•.
Remove skin from eggplant and grate the eggplant with a cheese grater.
Mix flax meal, almond meal and grated eggplant in a large bowl.
Whisk the egg in a small bowl then add to batter.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients until combined.
On a parchment lined baking sheet, pour batter.
Smooth batter out by hand or place another piece of parchment on top and roll out to about an 1/8″.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove crust from oven. Lightly grease crust with olive oil. Place the second piece of parchment paper on top of crust to flip the crust over. Slowly peel of parchment paper.
Brush again with olive oil.
Bake for another 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and apply the toppings.

Toppings:
You can really use your imagination for this.

We added
Tomato sauce along with some fresh garlic and basil.
Olives
Pineapple
Mushrooms
Italian sausage
Uncured Pepperoni
Onions
I believe this was it. I also had a Gluten Free beer since it was New Year’s Eve.

I also need to thank Shelley over at This Primal Life for the recipe. This one I could not figure out on my own.

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10 Responses to Pizza and why I won’t reheat it in the Microwave.

  1. krobjme says:

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the microwave.

    Thanks
    Kyle

  2. Janna says:

    Okay so what kind of dish do you use for reheating? I’m thinking the things I reheat most often are leftovers like soup, steamed veggies, etc (things I make for din that I make plenty of so kids can have with lunch next day). Use like a metal pie tin or something shallow like that? Can glass go in a toaster oven? THANKS!

  3. Janna says:

    p.s. that pizza looks delish! I make homeade pizza quite often but haven’t tried a gluten free crust…. I’ll try out your crust next time around!

  4. krobjme says:

    Things like soup that are liquid I just reheat in a pot on the stove top. Sometimes I even reheat taco meat this same way.

    When I reheat food in the convection oven I use a little metal roaster type pan or round pans that you use for cake. I have never tried glass. I just worry about it breaking. I have read that you can use it but if something very cold is in the glass dish then gets an extreme temperature fluctuation it could break.

    I know they make dishes now just for toaster ovens. I have seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    Let me know if you have anymore questions.
    Kyle

  5. jonina says:

    I dont have a microwave either! best decision ever made :)

  6. krobjme says:

    Thanks Jonina, yeah you find that it is super unnecessary once you make the change.

  7. Lisa Wilcox says:

    Just wanted to add that using a microwave emits high RF (radio frequency, electro-magnetic fields) while it is running. NOT natural.

  8. You can also put a casserole dish full of water on the lower rack in your oven while you preheat and/or cook leftovers. Makes a nice steamy environment for re-heating and keeping the food moister. Just be careful when opening the door! Keep little ones away! That steam can blast you pretty hard if you’re not paying attention!

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