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    20 No-Cook Meals You Can Make To Feed Yourself Or Your Family After A Power Outage

    Stay safe, stay fed.

    If you've lost power after a storm or for any other reason, there are still ways to feed and nourish yourself. Below you'll find no-cook and low-cook recipes and meals you can put together with no electricity or minimal resources.

    And if you have meals or recipes that you turn to in these situations, please share them in the comments!

    1. Buffalo Chicken Wraps

    Buffalo chicken wraps
    pinchmeimeating.com

    If you've got Ranch packets (or a similar creamy dressing, like Caesar), mix them with hot sauce to a create a binder for buffalo chicken wraps.

    Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Wraps

    2. Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) & Banana Toast

    Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) & Banana Toast
    BuzzFeed

    Toaster not actually required for this one — and any nut butter works as the base. You can toss other non-perishable staples (like honey or chia seeds) on top, or make it into a sandwich instead of open-faced.

    Recipe: Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) & Banana Toast

    3. Canned Chicken Salad

    4. Easy Overnight Oats

    5. Canned Corn & Black Beans

    Corn and black bean salad
    kimscravings.com

    For a full meal, pile it into tortillas to make tacos — that also happen to be vegetarian and vegan.

    Recipe: Canned Corn & Black Beans

    6. Canned Tuna Wrap

    Tuna & Avocado Wrap
    eatyourselfskinny.com

    Ditch the vegetables if you don't have them — it still works as a no-frills protein + carb option.

    Recipe: Canned Tuna Wrap

    7. Shortcut Nachos

    Shortcut nachos
    pinchmeimeating.com

    As this smart blogger rightfully sums up: "room temperature nachos are still nachos." These use canned chicken and jarred salsa — though you can mix and match whatever you have.

    Recipe: Shortcut Nachos

    8. Mayo-Less White Bean Salad

    White bean salad
    budgetbytes.com

    White beans + canned tuna + lemon + olive oil.

    Recipe: Cucumber & Black Bean Salad

    9. Zucchini Noodles

    10. Hearty Kale Salad

    Tuscan kale salad
    101cookbooks.com

    Pair this salad with a sandwich or wrap of choice for a hearty and balanced option that'll keep you full for awhile.

    Recipe: Hearty Kale Salad

    11. Hummus, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich

    Hummus, avocado, and tomato toast
    whereyougetyourprotein.com

    Boost your standard avocado toast with tomatoes, hummus — or both.

    Recipe: Hummus, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich

    12. White Beans on Bread

    Canned beans on bread
    thekitchn.com

    After canned white beans soak in a marinade of olive oil and lemon, their flavor gets even better. Scoop onto bread or eat 'em solo.

    Recipe: White Beans on Bread

    13. Greek Tuna Salad

    Tuna salad, cucumbers, and tomato salad
    thekitchn.com

    This Greek-inspired salad is a great way to use canned olives and canned tuna. Other shelf-stable items like capers, pickled peppers, or giardiniera would also work.

    Recipe: Greek Tuna Salad

    14. Blender Gazpacho

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    If you've got a battery blender, use it to make gazpacho. Despite typically being a summer soup, it still packs a ton of nutrition, is fairly quick to make, and it can be paired with just about anything.

    Recipe: Blender Gazpacho

    If you’re lucky enough to have some sort of heat source — like a gas stove or grill that you can still light manually, or even a backyard campfire set up — you can still cook during a power outage as long as your ingredients don’t have to be refrigerated. (Or as long as you've got a smaller stash in a cooler.) Here are some options for that:

    15. Tomato Soup with White Beans

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/easy-trader-joes-three-ingredient-meals
    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Just add heat: start with a box or can of plain tomato soup, then add white beans, greens, or sundried tomatoes.

    Recipe: Tomato Soup with White Beans

    16. Pantry Pasta

    Gnocchi puttanesca
    thekitchn.com

    This would work with any pasta, not just gnocchi. And what's especially useful about this recipe is that it relies fully on canned non-perishables — like tomato sauce, capers, and olives — to make the base.

    Recipe: Pantry Pasta

    17. Upgraded Instant Ramen

    Upgraded instant ramen.
    budgetbytes.com

    Bulk up instant ramen by dropping in greens or an egg. A side of hot sauce or chili paste, as always, makes the whole thing even better.

    Recipe: Upgraded Instant Ramen

    18. Sausage and Potato Foil Packs

    Sausage and potato foil packs
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    If you're able to have meat on hand, pre-cooked sausage is reliable bet. Pair it here with potatoes, and heat everything through on the grill.

    Recipe: Sausage and Potato Foil Packs

    19. White Bean and Sundried Tomato Skillet

    budgetbytes.com

    This breaks down just $1.40 per serving — and most of the ingredients are canned.

    Recipe: White Bean and Sundried Tomato Skillet

    20. Heat-And-Eat Stir Fry

    Heat and Eat Stir Fry
    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Again, if you've got some sort of heat source, you can take advantage of fully-cooked meals that just need to be heated through. The combo above is a Trader Joe's-specific example, but you can mix and match any sort of grain + protein + veg.

    Recipe: Heat & Eat Stir Fry

    What's your go-to meal or recipe in times when you've lost power or don't have access to it (like camping)? Share in the comments. 👇