14 Recipes You Can Make—Even If You’ve Lost Power
No electricity? No problem! From major storms to local blackouts, the inconvenience of a power outage doesn’t have to leave you feeling, well, powerless. Consider these ideas and recipes to help feed your family when you’re out of electricity and out of ideas.
When it comes to no-cook foods, the obvious choice is salads, fruits and veggies. Not only is a green salad light, healthy and refreshing, but it can easily become an entree using cooked chicken, leftover beef, or canned tuna or salmon.
Stir Up Gazpacho
The infamous cold soup is actually a snap to prepare using fresh and canned ingredients you likely have on hand. Experiment with herbs and seasoning or add things like sliced olives, beans or diced cheese.
Make a Ceviche
Ceviche is a no-cook seafood classic that’s huge on flavor and low on effort. Most marinate in citrus juices, while others use shortcuts to achieve the same taste without the wait time.
Wrap It Up
Amp up your sandwich game with a wrap. Consider lettuce wraps to use up leafy greens that might go bad in a power shortage.
Create a Charcuterie Board
These gems aren’t just for guests. An assortment of cheeses, crackers and yummy extras always satisfies. Add some sliced bread or baguettes, jam, and dried fruits and nuts and dig in to this change-of-pace meal.
Grab an Avocado
Avocados do well without refrigeration for several days, so they can be lifesavers when the power is out. Best of all, they add a little flavor and flair to gloomy days (and they’re healthy too).
Pop Open a Can
Canned meats can save the day when you need to feed your family fast. Keep canned tuna, chicken, salmon and shrimp on hand for emergencies.
Take It Outside
Weather permitting, preparing food on the grill or over a campfire can be a lifesaver when the electricity is out. If you’re worried about food in the fridge going bad, grab several ingredients and put together kabobs.
Dress Up Granola
Perfect for snacks, breakfasts and light lunches, granola is filling enough to stave off hunger for several hours. Jazz up a bag of granola or serve it straight out over yogurt, particularly since yogurt can go bad quickly. Or, enjoy a bit of granola with fresh or canned fruit.
Arrange an Antipasto Platter
Loaded with flavor and no-cook flair, antipasto makes a great lunch or light dinner. Serve with a green salad and iced tea or wine for a fun menu.
Mash Some Hummus
Thick, filling and tasty, hummus is an easy solution when you’re craving a bite but can’t cook. Skip the food processor when the electric is out, and mash the beans with a fork instead. Serve the hummus with crackers or veggies, or use it beef up sandwiches and wraps.
Revisit a Longtime Favorite
When all else fails, turn to the old standby, PB&J. Peanut butter sandwiches still deliver loads of comfort, particularly during trying times. Try your own spin on this all-time classic.