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A Food Plan to Prep for Hurricane Matthew (and Eat Well Without Power)

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Hurricane Matthew, which has swept through Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean, has already had devastating effects. Hurricane-force winds are expected to be felt in Florida starting tomorrow, with Matthew continuing to impact the Southeastern coast through the weekend. So Laurel turned to the Hotline to see how others are preparing for the coming storm.

If you’re in an area that isn’t encouraged to evacuate, but you still have a high chance of losing power in the coming days, h​ere’s a few ways to prepare ahead of time and still eat reasonably well:

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Storm Prep

  • Locate your cooler(s) and get your freezer's ice machine on overdrive (or go buy bags of ice).

  • Next, cook the refrigerated ingredients you already have on hand: Roast vegetables, sauté greens, etc. No, this won’t save them if the power goes out (you’ll still need to move them to the cooler), but at least you’ll have semi-prepped items to build meals with rather than raw ones.

How to Roast Any Vegetable in 4 Steps

How to Roast Any Vegetable in 4 Steps by Marian Bull

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How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe

How to Make Sautéed Greens Without a Recipe by Elana Carlson

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Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken

Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken by Genius Recipes

How to Hard Cook Lots of Eggs at Once

How to Hard Cook Lots of Eggs at Once by Ali Slagle

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  • ​Now make yourself something really comforting for tonight's dinner. (Maybe make a double-batch to help clear out the fridge and invite your neighbors over to share.)
Miso Mac and Cheese

Miso Mac and Cheese by Posie Harwood

Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo by aargersi

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage by Merrill Stubbs

Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan

Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan by Gena Hamshaw

  • Then, make snacks and breakfast bars that will keep well at room temperature.
Trail Mix

Trail Mix by Merrill Stubbs

Chocolate, Cherry & Coconut Breakfast Bars

Chocolate, Cherry & Coconut Breakfast Bars by Maja Lukic - Veggies & Gin

Popcorn "Granola" Bars

Popcorn "Granola" Bars by Sarah Jampel

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix by drbabs

  • Finally, if you still have power (and the energy to keep going), make a treat to two—they'll​ make the hours or days ahead a little sweeter.
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes

Brown Butter and Butternut Loaf

Brown Butter and Butternut Loaf by fiveandspice

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

Super Fudgy Brownies

Super Fudgy Brownies by Merrill Stubbs

Power's out

  • Make salads using whatever fresh ingredients made it into a cooler (like those vegetables you took time to roast!) along with canned items. BerryBaby says she loves making salads out of pantry ingredients like canned potatoes, green beans, tuna, and black olives, dressed with salt and pepper, oil, and vinegar.
Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad

Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad by Nicholas Day

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad by Sarah Jampel

Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad by Alexandra Stafford

Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette

Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette by Gena Hamshaw

  • Put stuff on a single slice of bread (it will still be good even though you can't toast it), call it a tartine, feel like you're eating something fancier than a PB&J.
Bagna Cauda Toasts with Radicchio, Egg, and Avocado
Bagna Cauda Toasts with Radicchio, Egg, and Avocado
  • Make a full-on sandwich—like an overstuffed Dagwood-style one with as many pantry ingredients as you can muster—just bypass any meats or cheeses and any steps to "refrigerate for a few hours." Nancy calls canned beans “a lifesaver” for sandwiches (or even eaten on their own with some dressing).

And we're not discounting the PB&J—it's a good option, too.

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Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Waiting for Bonaparte Muffaletta (The Remix Edition)

Waiting for Bonaparte Muffaletta (The Remix Edition) by pierino

Pan Bagnat:  Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly

  • A bag of chips, a jar of salsa, and guacamole definitely counts as a meal. Bonus points if you can mix up a margarita (neat? or with any ice that's still in the cooler).
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
  • Make a tapas spread with any fruits and vegetables that can be eaten out of hand (crudité!), crackers, cured meats, tinned seafood, jarred olives and pickles, and anything else you can scrounge up.

What are your favorite meals to make when you don't have power? Tell us about them below!


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