20 No-Cook Recipes And Meals You Can Make If You've Lost Power


If you’ve lost power after a storm, 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

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If you’ve got Ranch packs (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

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It’s dubbed here as breakfast toast — but it can be eaten anytime. Any nut butter works as the base, and you can toss other non-perishable staples (like honey or fiber-packed chia seeds) on top. You can also make it into an actual sandwich instead of open-faced toast.

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

3. Tuna & Avocado Wrap

Tuna & Avocado Wrap

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As long as you’ve got a manual can opener (or pop-top lids), canned tuna can come in really handy. It’s cheap, packed with protein, and lasts forever in the pantry.

Recipe: Tuna & Avocado Wrap

4. Corn & Black Bean Salad

Corn and black bean salad

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Canned black beans and canned corn form the base of this. Pair it with chips or whole-grain crackers as a snack, or for a full meal, pile it into tortillas to make tacos — that also happen to be vegetarian and vegan.

Recipe: Corn & Black Bean Salad

5. Marinated White Beans

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After canned white beans soak in a simple marinade of olive oil, lemon zest, and garlic, their flavor quickly transforms. Scoop them onto toast or enjoy solo.

Recipe: Marinated White Beans

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After canned white beans soak in a simple marinade of olive oil, lemon zest, and garlic, their flavor quickly transforms. Scoop them onto toast or enjoy solo.

Recipe: Marinated White Beans

6. Shortcut Nachos

Shortcut nachos

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

Recipe: Shortcut Nachos

7. Easy Overnight Oats

Easy overnight oats

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The absolute simplest way to make overnight oats is to mix rolled oats with water and let it sit out overnight. If you have access to a cooler or fridge, you can also use shelf-stable milk, and let it sit overnight in there. Top it with fruit, nut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, or anything else.

Recipe: Easy Overnight Oats

8. Simple Zucchini Noodles

Simple zucchini noodles

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If you have a spiralizer in your kitchen, use it to make no-cook noodles out of whatever veggies you’ve got — like zucchini or squash. This recipe tops them with Parmesan, which can actually stay out at room temperature for a day or two if you don’t have a cooler.

Recipe: Simple Zucchini Noodles

9. Chicken (or Black Bean) & Avocado Burritos

Chicken and avocado burritos

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Black beans or pinto beans would work in place of the chicken here — if you don’t have frozen or canned options handy.

Recipe: Chicken (or Black Bean) & Avocado Burritos

10. Tuscan Kale Salad

Tuscan kale salad

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

Recipe: Tuscan Kale Salad

11. Hummus, Avocado, and Tomato Toast

Hummus, avocado, and tomato toast

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Boost your standard avocado toast with tomatoes and hummus (which you can make in its simplest form by tossing chickpeas + olive oil + lemon into a food processor or battery blender). Instead of toast, you could also toss everything into a pita or naan.

Recipe: Hummus, Avocado, and Tomato Toast

12. Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Olives

Tuna salad, cucumbers, and tomato salad

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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 in place of the olives.

Recipe: Tuna Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Olives

13. Cucumber & Black Bean Salad

Cucumber and black bean salad

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You can ditch the feta and herbs if you don’t have them and it’ll still taste great — thanks to the seasoning, olive oil, and vinegar.

Recipe: Cucumber & Black Bean 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

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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. Gnocchi Puttanesca

Gnocchi puttanesca

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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 flavorful base.

Recipe: Gnocchi Puttanesca

16. 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 sliced potatoes, and heat everything through on the grill.

Recipe: Sausage and Potato Foil Packs

17. Tomato Soup with White Beans

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

Recipe: Tomato Soup with White Beans

18. Upgraded Instant Ramen

Upgraded instant ramen.

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Boost any instant ramen by dropping in fresh greens and/or an egg. A side of hot sauce or chili paste, as always, makes the whole thing even better.

Recipe: Upgraded Instant Ramen

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

Recipe: White Bean, Kale, and Sundried Tomato Skillet

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

Recipe: White Bean, Kale, and Sundried Tomato Skillet

20. Heat-And-Eat Stir Fry

Heat and Eat Stir Fry

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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. 👇

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