Food & Drink

No Power? No Worries. Some Dinner Ideas for Those Sans Electric

Crack the ice off of the old grill for dinner tonight if you are still without power. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy

Without power, it is hard to plan a solid meal for your family. Much of Lower Providence Township is experiencing the same loss right now. So, what is your dinner plan?

It is ideal to plan ahead for such incoming storms, as instructed by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.

“Have some bottled water and non-perishable food set aside,” said the DPS Facebook page post on Tuesday night.

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But, if you didn’t have a chance to run to the store, and are worried about venturing out in this slippery stuff, what can you make without any power?

First off, there is always the grill. If you have a charcoal or propane grill, chances are (though you may get a tad soggy doing so), you have a great way to prep dinner right in your own backyard. Crack that ice or bring your umbrella and grill up that meat that may not survive the ever-warming fridge temperatures.

Not up for soggy grilling? Decide from the list of good-old standbys.


1.     Order Dinner; support local businesses like:

Affamoto’s  Pizza and Italian Restaurant: 610-666-6800

Tony’s Pizza in Audubon: 610-666-7943

Paradise Pizza: 610-650-0981

                        Tosco Pizza and Italian Restaurant: 610-539-6800

       2.   Cook Without Power author Linda Larson said she comes up with an entire list of foods she can make without baking or cooking. Though she recommends her lists for summer, when the kitchen is far too hot to cook, many of the recipes are also adaptable to having no electricity, as she prefers not to heat up her home with the oven or stovetop. You can check out here recipes here:


No Cook Beverages and Appetizers

No Cook Salad Recipes

No Cook Recipes for Sandwiches and Soups

No Cook Dessert Recipes


There are always the old family favorites, too, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter and fluff, fresh fruit, raisins, applesauce, cheese sandwich and more. suggests a pizza in a pita, adding sauce, cheese and veggies to an uncooked pocket. It won’t be hot, but it will be fresh.


         3.   Visit a Friend or Family

If you still have not found a tasty solution, there is always the generosity of friends and family. The entire township is not out of power, and if you are capable of safe walking or travel to a nearby friend or family member’s home, try asking them to lend out their dinner table for the night. Offer to bring your own groceries and even cook for their family if you feel up for it. They’ll likely appreciate the night off, and you’ll have access to electricity.

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