No Power? No Problem! Simple Recipes to Make With Limited Resources

By the CHEF team

It can feel overwhelming if you have experienced a power outage and are not sure what to cook for your family. Here are some simple recipes your family can make together with basic pantry staples.

Black Bean Salsa: This bright and flavorful recipe can be made with fresh or canned ingredients. Try subbing canned peppers or green chiles if you don’t have fresh ingredients.

Greek Chickpea Salad: Using canned chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, and dried herbs, you can easily make a delicious recipe without having to use your stove.

Tostadas Deliciosas: Make this crowd pleaser using canned nonfat refried beans and your favorite toppings. Canned foods are pre-cooked and do not need to be heated.

Shirazi Salad: This Persian inspired salad combines canned chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and dried herbs to create a flavorful and filling recipe.  

Confetti Corn: Treat your tastebuds to a flavorful fiesta with our Confetti Corn! If you don’t have some of the ingredients that must be kept cold such as cilantro or green onions, swap them out with shelf stable vegetables such as red onion and jalapeno. You can used canned, frozen, or fresh corn.

Nutrient-Packed Snacks:

Trail Mix: This quick and easy recipe is fun to make together as a family. Each member of your family can add the ingredients they like to their mason jar or bag.

Salsa Fresca: Skip the blender and make this delicious, fresh salsa by finely dicing each ingredient.

Fruit Salad: Use up any of the remaining fresh, canned, or frozen fruit you have on-hand to create this simple and colorful recipe.

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites: These simple no-bake energy bites are a fun and easy recipe you can make with your kids!

Other Meal and Snack Ideas:

  • Canned chicken salad or tuna with avocado on crackers
  • Canned beans with pre-cooked rice or quinoa (microwave rice works too!)
  • Tuna wrap made from a tortilla, tuna, and lettuce or other vegetables
  • Sandwiches: tuna salad, peanut butter and jelly, chicken salad
  • Cereal with shelf-stable milk
  • Packaged granola bars
  • Nuts or seeds

Food Safety:

Check out these helpful tips to keep your food safe.

You can also use our recipe search function to filter recipes by ingredients you have on hand. For questions about food safety or recipe ideas, you can ask one of our team dietitians.