Eating When The Lights Go Out

dark candle flame photography Sometimes the power goes out.  It happens.

Maybe someone was driving too fast and hit something, or maybe there’s a bad storm.  The fact is, the power is out.  So what are you going to do?  Or, more close to point, what are you going to eat?

As of late, I’ve been working to eat more minimally.  I’ve been cutting back on meat and dairy, as well as looking for food I can eat raw.  That means lots of oatmeal, fruits, veggies, and leafy greens!  Just settling into my new diet expedition, some snow started to fall and, well, the power went out.

Again, it happens.

As my family bought extra food and the fridge began to smell a special kind of funky, I sat with my bowl of oats and thought.

I thought of all the meat, all the cream, half & half, and cheese that would be (and was) thrown out later.  I thought about the food my family would eat now that there was no way to cook or defrost food.  That included granola bars, chips, bread, fruit cups, and more granola bars.  I think my mother was the only one to have some leafy greens.

As the household hippie, I had the oatmeal, fruit, veggies, and leafy greens that I’d been munching on for a while.  Though I did miss my cheese.

Our family pantry and fridge are stuffed with a lot of uncooked pastas, canned soups, frozen instant snacks, dinners, and meat.  Lots of things that require cooking, or at least a quick defrost in the microwave.

Sometimes we can be too dependent on microwaves, ovens, and frozen food.

I’ve been working to lessen my dependence on these.  I want to save energy, eat healthy, and maybe even one day, not own a microwave, oven or fridge.

Give it a try.  Make overnight oatmeal, eat more fresh fruit and veggies, make salads and wraps with leafy greens (and try not to buy those bagged salad mixes.  Get your own head of lettuce and cabbage.  They’ll keep MUCH longer.), and try no-cook recipes.

Even if it’s just one night a week, give fresh and raw meals a try.

Next time the power goes out, you just may find you have all the food you need, and none of it will smell funky.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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