Last week we moved into our new house. I’m loving it!
Foreclosures don’t generally come with appliances but lucky for us ours had a dishwasher AND a 5 burner gas stove! Unlucky for us ours didn’t come with a refrigerator.
For the first part of the week without a frig, I ate out a bunch because it was only me unpacking our house while the kids were visiting grandparents. But I started getting tired of fried foods and pants were fitting tighter. So it was time to figure out how to make meals without using food that requires a refrigerator.
Ever think about how many different foods we eat that need refrigeration – eggs, milk, butter, fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, lunch meat, and more. That’s a bunch! Here’s a list of meals that can be made regardless if you have a refridgerator or not..
- Canned soup with saltine crackers
- Peanut butter sandwiches
- Spaghetti (Noodles and a jar of spaghetti sauce)
- Boxed alfredo dinner and add canned chicken (You might need to use a milk or butter substitute depending on the brand of boxed dinner you choose.)
- Fried spam with a side of MacNCheese (Look at all these different flavors of Spam!)
- Avocado Tuna Salad (Here’s a great recipe from thehealthymaven.com; if you don’t have a refrigerator, you’ll have to skip using the mustard.
- Tuna Cakes (TheNoviceChefBlog.com has a yummy recipe but you will have to substitute for the 1 egg required.
- Canned Chili and Rice (I prefer Hormel with beans. YUM!)
- Canned Chicken and Rice (Cook instant rice per directions. Drain a can of chicken and mix it with the cooked rice, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and half a soup can of water. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes.)
- Vienna sausages with crackers.
- Ramon noodles.
- Homemade Chicken tortilla soup (Allrecipes has lots of recipes for just about anything like this dish!)
I could list a bazillion more ideas but that’s what google is for right? LOL The main thing to consider when meal planning without a refrigerator is to consider that proteins in meals from meat will be canned. So do a recipe search for “canned chicken”, or “canned salmon”, or “canned tuna” etc.
Now, let’s talk about substitutions for other perishable ingredients. For butter, use this recipe with powdered milk, water, and oil. For milk and eggs, I like to use instant powdered milk and EnerG powdered egg replacer. For more egg replacement ideas, visit here.
These replacement ingredients are great for baking as well. The cookies I made this week were just as delicious with the dry milk and egg replacer as they are when I’ve made them with refrigerated ingredients. The poor cookie jar hasn’t had much of a break!
Today, our brand new fancy schmancy refrigerator was delivered! Isn’t it perdy?
Even though this beauty has moved in, I’ll still be making at least half of the meals from the list above although I like to use frozen chicken over canned and will add beef back to the menu. I am also super excited about adding condiments back to the dinner table again; lately, my youngest can’t seem to eat without ranch
dressing dip for everything. Soy sauce is my condiment vice for sure and I’ll be happy to have that again in the near future.
Do you have any tips for meals that don’t require refrigerated food? Leave a comment below and let me know. 🙂