I know many people don't use microwave in order to avoid the radiation. I cared about my health and minimized the use of microwave, but it was hard to avoid the convenience completely when it was right in front of me. When I downsized recently, I decided to go without mostly because I didn't have room for one in the small kitchen.
I'm proud to say that I haven't used microwave since my downsizing (because I don't have one). Here are a few ways I've been heating up my food.
1. Stove top: great for soup, something with liquid
2. Steam: I guess this could fall into stove top, but instead of just putting the food inside the pot, put the food in a dish or a bowl and into a steamer or a pot of water. Great for steamed rice or something that's easy to burn if heated it in the pot.
3. Toaster oven: It's smaller than convectional oven, so heats up the food quickly when you're just preparing for 1-2 people. This is how I usually heat up my congee in the morning. Of course, you can steam congee, but I like toaster oven because it has a timer and shuts off automatically when the time comes. I used to cover the bowl with tin foil so that congee won't get dried up, but recently I've been enjoying the crunchiness on the top.
4. Water bath: When I make bone broth, I freeze them in glass jars. Usually I plan ahead and put a glass jar in the fridge so that it's easy to pour when I need some. Sometimes though, I have a spontaneous idea or don't plan ahead and get stuck with a frozen jar of bone broth. I put the whole jar in hot water and let it defrost till I can easily pour the liquid out.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love