I come home from what was one of the more stressful days of this past year to find on the television that we are under a tornado warning! Does this tornado have to happen during dinner time? I quickly get the lights, water and pillows ready in the enclosed hallway so we can hunker-down and ride out the storm. There is just one problem, this storm does not seem to end! Actually, it is still going on right now as I sit here and write!
Of course for fast and easy food and snack options when in a situation like this, run to your pantry and just grab some crackers and nuts to tide you over. But what if I were to make "stormy weather" meal options ready to go? It is just an idea I had, as my daughter was sitting in the middle of the hallway, sans her dinner last night.
If you know storms are likely for the week a head, especially big spring storms why not make a few ready to eat meals for your family? I am all about prep work in the beginning so I can save time in the end.
First, check your weather report for the week ahead. If there seems to be a weather pattern developing, then go ahead and think out some options for storm ready meals.
Second, make sure you have proper storage containers for the meals.
Third, go a head and prep the meals for your family according to how many family members you may have.
Here are some of my ideas for ready to eat, healthy meals that will satisfy while under crazy weather condition.
Hummus, Pita and Carrot Sticks:
- One can chickpeas, drained and washed.
- One tbs of good olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- The juice of one lemon
- Sesame seed oil or sesame seeds
Bring the chickpeas to a boil, let stand for about five minutes after ending the boil. Drain the cooked chickpeas and then place back into pot. Add the other ingredients and then put into a food processor to be blended into a nice hummus dip. Of course, feel free to buy the prepackaged hummus, if you want.
Place the hummus into one container and the pita slices and carrot sticks in another. Store in fridge.
Smoked Salmon and Bagel Chips, with Dill Dipping Sauce:
- One cup of sour cream
- One tsp of dill
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
Mix the above ingredients until a nice creamy dill sauce if formed. Store in small container. Have your smoked salmon in its own package and a bag of bagel chips ready to go. This meal is great for keeping energy levels good while in a tough situation.
Chocolate Cake Raspberry Cookie Sandwiches:
- One box of good chocolate cake mix OR feel free to use your own cake recipe here.
- One jar of delicious raspberry jam
- One box of creme cheese
Follow the cake instructions on the box, use an 8 or 12 inch baking sheet. When the cake has cooled you can then go in and cut small square at 1-2 inches a piece. Place to the side and then start the assembly process. One on cake square add the cream cheese and then the jam on top. It has to be in this order or it will become a mess. Then place the second square on top and press down to make a nice little desert sandwich. If you wrap the cake sandwiches in plastic wrap then they will become more compressed and easier to serve in a storm. Place in the fridge to chill.
Now, if no storms come your way and you have made all of this food I suggest taking it and having a picnic outside!