Although Hurricane Colin has calmed down there are still people around the Tampa Bay without power. Yesterday alone Duke Energy reported 7,600 customers had outages. Also, yesterday 4,022 who had service from Tampa Electric had lost power and today there are still 1,088 customers are without power.
On Monday Governor Scott said in a news release the state’s Emergency Operations Center was elevated to activation status level 2, “The level two activation at the State Emergency Operations Center will help state and local emergency management officials work together to ensure our state is ready to respond to any impacts of this weather event.”
Those thousands who went without power, experienced no AC and even worse many had no way to heat up their food unless they have a gas stove. Most parents first thought is to eat nonperishable canned items. However, many are loaded in sodium and are not as healthy as fresh food in the fridge. Since food in the refrigerator only last two hours without spoiling it’s important to move everything to an ice filled cooler. So how do you know if food in the fridge is safe to eat? You should never taste anything to determine its safety! To determine if it’s safe to eat visit Food Safety’s website.
To help with this problem we put together a list of recipes that do not require a microwave, stove or oven. You might be thinking but the storm is pretty much over. That is true however, since we are entering hurricane season it is important to be prepared for the next time something like this happens.
Everyday Healthy has several easy recipes that you can make relatively fast.
- Veggie Wraps
Veggie wraps are super easy to make. Add whatever veggies are left in the fridge and wrap in a tortilla. Other great veggies you can add to give the wrap a splash of color and flavor includes beans, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and spinach or lettuce. Lastly drizzle the veggies with oil and vinegar.
2. Veggie Noodles
Aside from being a low-cal meal veggie noodles require no boiling. Take carrots, beats, or cucumbers can be cut with a veggie peeler to make the noodles. Then add seasonings like oil, vinegar and herbs. Inspiralized also has a easy Sesame Cucumber Noodle recipe which includes peanut butter and soy sauce.
For a easy snack the whole family will love you can make hummus. All you need is to smash chickpeas, stir in lemon juice, minced garlic and a pinch of salt. For dipping use sliced veggies and crackers.
4. Western Twist Salad
If you only have canned items remaining use canned beans, canned corn and tomatoes to make this unique salad. Mix with lime, garlic and a touch of salt. Chips are great for accompanying this dish.