12 No-Cook Meal Ideas to Help You Get Through a Storm

Here in NYC, we spent the day getting ready for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival on the East Coast. While no one is exactly sure what to expect, we’re ready with extra water, food, batteries, and flashlights. And, if the power really does go out, we’ll be prepared with these 12 tasty ideas for simple no-cook meals that happen to be very good in emergencies, and also on plain old busy nights. On a related note, yesterday we rounded up 20 of our favorite fall salads, many of which are also healthy and satisfying no-cook options.

Here’s hoping that Sandy isn’t as big as she seems, and that you and yours make it through the storm safely.


  • Classic Salmon Salad 1 of 12
    Forget tuna, next time you have a hankering for this classic sandwich, try salmon. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and light on mercury, it's a healthy meal you can make from a can. 

    Make classic salmon salad
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Feta and Chickpea Salad 2 of 12
    This creamy and satisfying salad can be thrown together in minutes.
    Make feta and chickpea salad
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Panzanella 3 of 12
    Turn stale bread into something magical with this tasty, simple panzanella. Though tomatoes are traditional, use what you have onions, greens, herbs, seeds, nuts, or even a little fruit.
    Make bread salad
    Image: Paula Jones
  • Tabbouleh Salad 4 of 12
    Bulgar wheat is a great grain for quick dinner since it's par-boiled. If you don't have a way to boil water, soak it overnight, and then discard any excess water. Next, make a tasty vinaigrette, and toss it with whatever ingredients you have around, like tomatoes, feta, beans, herbs, veggies, or nuts.
    Make tabbouleh
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Peanut Butter Fruit Stack Sandwiches 5 of 12
    Keep even plain peanut butter sandwiches interesting with fresh apples. These tasty sandwiches are a kid's dream, and a great way to make the same old same old fun!
    Make peanut butter fruit stack sandwich
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Cucumber Apple Tuna Salad Sandwich 6 of 12
    Crunchy cukes and apples make ordinary tuna salad fresh and fun. Try sprouts and whole grain bread for optimum nutrition.
    Make cucumber apple tuna salad sandwiches
    Image: Brooke McLay
  • Cheese Night 7 of 12
    If all else fails, try cheese night. Simply lay out some kid and adult favorites, like cured meats, nuts, dried fruits, and crackers or bread, and let everyone munch to their heart's content.
    Make a cheese plate
    Image: Kelsey Banfield
  • Avocado Toast 8 of 12
    Even if you can't actually toast the bread, avocado toast is a hearty, healthy snack you can make in minutes.
    Make avocado toast
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Mango and Avocado Salad 9 of 12
    The secret to keeping no-cook eating interesting, is adding color and texture when you can. And this salad, with sweet mangoes and creamy avocado, is sure to be a kid-friendly hit.
    Make mango and avocado salad
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Carrot and Parsley Salad 10 of 12
    This colorful and healthy salad make ordinary carrots into something special.
    Make carrot and parsley salad
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • 11 The World’s Best Sardine Sandwiches 11 of 12
    Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it. These yummy sandwiches have briny, crunchy, and spicy notes. Not bad for fish from a can.
    Make the world's best sardine sandwiches
    Image: Kelly/Family Kitchen
  • Cheese and Fruit 12 of 12
    Cut to the chase and serve up a tasty baguette, a scrumptious brie, and fresh fruit. Kids can even build their own bites however they like.
    Make cheese with fruit
    Image: Jaime Mormann


Find more quick meals inspired by munchies: 10 Snack Makeovers!


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