Easy No-Cook Meal Ideas

Seven ways to eat well, even if your power is still out.

By Heather Morgan Shott

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If you're still without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, mealtime is becoming more challenging by the day. You're sick of the beef jerky and chips that were supposed to be just for a day or two -- and even if you've been able to get to a grocery store, you've probably noticed that supplies are very limited. To help you make the most of the food left in your pantry, as well as the few items you've been able to pick up at your local grocery store or deli, we've come up with a list of meal ideas that don't require any electricity to make.

Chicken and Greens
Top leafy greens with precooked chicken from your deli, goat cheese and chopped veggies. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

White Bean Dip With Veggies
Using a potato masher, mash canned cannellini beans with olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice, a dash of ground cumin and a clove of garlic. Serve with sliced veggies and whole-wheat crackers.

Smoked Salmon on Crackers
Layer whole-wheat crackers with light cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. Serve with sliced tomato drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Fast Charcuterie
Arrange pickled veggies, a few cheeses and thinly sliced meat (think: prosciutto and salami) on a plate. Serve with crackers.

Easy Tuna Salad
Mix canned tuna with pickle relish, chopped veggies, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Serve on bread or crackers.

Simple BBQ Sandwich
Toss shredded precooked chicken from the deli with bottled barbecue sauce. Top with veggies, if you wish. Serve with blue corn chips.

Middle Eastern Meze Platter
Arrange feta cheese, hummus, tahini, olives and grape leaves on a plate. Serve with pita chips.

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