Cooking Without Power

When the power goes out, you have several options for preparing meals – 1) find a restaurant with power (this may not always be possible especially in widespread disaster), 2) use a grill, hibachi, Dutch oven, or camp stove (this must be done outside and can require special cookware), 3) prepare “heat only” foods like canned soup, stew, chili or “just add water” foods like instant soup or oatmeal on a canned heat stove, 4) prepare raw foods or canned foods that do not need heating, or 5) prepare easy to cook meals on a one burner butane stove.  All options are viable (except maybe #1!) if prepared for adequately. 

Option 5 has many advantages.  The butane stove will accommodate larger size cookware than will the canned heat stove and normal kitchen cookware can be used.  The butane stove can be used indoors with good ventilation.  The gas flame is easier to regulate than canned heat and is hotter.  These advantages allow the preparation of recipes rather than just heating up of canned foods thus giving more variety to menus while the power is out.

The following is a list of recipes found in Pantry Cooking: Unlocking Your Pantry’s Potential that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less (to conserve fuel).  "#" indicates no cooking necessary.  An additional list includes those that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less if you have quick cooking rice available or canned lentils.  Some recipes should be prepared the first day or two after the power goes out in order to use ingredients such as mayonnaise that would need to be discarded if the power remains out for more than a day and you have no way to refrigerate food.  The last list includes recipes archived on this web site.  Look for new additions to that list.  When choosing recipes, keep in mind that leftovers cannot be stored if the power remains off and there is no ice to cool and keep them.


Appetizers, Beverages


Bean Dip #

Spiced Citrus Tea #

Antipasto #

Orange Cranberry Juice Cocktail #





Apple Topping

Chocolate Sugar #

Cinnamon Sugar #

Indian Meal

Peanut Butter and Fruit #

Quick Wheat Mix Pancakes



Main Dishes


Chicken-Potato Cakes

Extra-Quick Tuna Rarebit

Noodled Tuna Patties

Chicken a la King

Deviled Ham Stuffed Peaches #

Mushroom Rarebit

Vegetarian Burger Mix

Olive Cheese Sauce

Sausage and Corn

Ham and Cheese Noodles

Turkey Bulgur Pilaf

Herbed Buckwheat

Tuna Chow Mein

Clam Sauce

Creamed Tuna

Quick Pasta Sauce

Dried Beef and Mushroom Sauce

Mac and Tom

Mexican Beans and Chicken



Soups and Stews


Blackeye Pea Soup

Sopa de la Casa

Creamed Corn Soup

Vegetable Soup

Creamy Green Bean Soup

Quick Vegetable Soup

Mexican Vegetable Soup

Quick Stew

Pork and Bean Soup

Clam Chowder

Potato Soup

Chicken Corn Chowder

Pumpkin Bisque

Corn Chowder

Quick Supper Soup

Turkey Corn Chowder



Salads and Side Dishes


Ambrosia Salad #

Peas with Mushrooms

Berry Apple Salad # Corn Relish

Mashed Potato Salad

Creamy Corn Italiano

Potato Salad #

Sweet and Sour Beets
Potato Salad Nicoise #

Southwest Green Beans

Tuna Potato Salad #

Italian Beans

Italian Pasta Salad

Green Beans and Bacon Chips

Fruited Chicken Salad #

Green Beans and Mushrooms

Cranberry Applesauce #

Browned Garlic Potatoes

Cinnamon Pineapple #

Confetti Potatoes

Mixed Fruit Compote

Bean Sprout Stir-fry

Stewed Tomatoes and Corn

Cinnamon Buckwheat

  Herb Noodles



Breads and Sandwiches


Whole Wheat Skillet Bread

Pork and Beans on Buns

Cornmeal Cakes






Apple-Raisin Compote

Fudge Logs #

Graham Cracker Creams #

Peanut Butter Balls #

Oatmeal Fudge  



If you have quick cooking rice:


Chicken and Rice Skillet

Creamed Chicken and Chestnuts

Chinese Fried Rice

Chili and Rice

Polynesian Treat

Quick Rice Pudding



If you have canned lentils:


Lentil Burgers  




In the Recipe Archives at 

Nature Trail Mix # Potato Tomato Soup

Northern Trail Mix #

Baked Potato Soup
Southern Trail Mix# Chicken Noodle Soup
Mango Lemonade# Spicy Green Beans
Seven Grain Cereal Pantry Fideo
Chunky Oatmeal

Baby Vegetable Toss

Multigrain Pancakes

Herbed Rice

Breakfast Quinoa Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Cherry Milk Toast Garlic Couscous
Quick Whole Grain Cereal Tropical Fruit Salsa #
Six Grain Cereal

Herb Seasoned Quinoa

Seven Grain Cereal Pineapple Applesauce
Chocolate Grits and Fruit BBQ Pork Sandwich
Chicken Patties Spiced Tuna Sandwich Filling #

Lemon Chicken with Capers

Tuna Sandwich Filling #

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables

Turkey Sandwich Filling #
Sausage and Bowties Trail Mix Clusters
Beef Chow Mein

Cranberry Walnut Clusters

Thai Chicken and Noodles Apricot Almond Clusters

Tuna White Bean Salad #

Berry Chocolates
Mexican Three Bean Salad # Chocolate Dipped Apricots
Sausage and Potato Salad# Black Forest Parfait #
Seven Grain Salad with Fruit and Nuts Cinnamon Sugar
Cherry Orzo Salad Kool-Aid Playdough
Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup  

If you have quick cooking rice:


Black Bean and Chilie Burgers




If you have cooked wheat to use:


Meatless Sloppy Joes Wheatberry Pineapple Chicken Salad#

Wheat Sausage

Wheat Hamburger Hash