I collected these recipes assuming that you won't have access to a cooking source. Most of them do not use heat; just assemble and eat. If you can cook on a gas stove or grill, your list of pantry recipes will be much larger. In that case, check out Your Personal Mise En Place.
For heating water to rehydrate foods, think about buying a camping stove or gas hot plate that does not use electricity. Again, be careful with these appliances and follow directions to the letter.
After all this preparation, you can relax, knowing you can take care of yourself and your family during an emergency.
Disaster Meal Recipes
Bean and Tuna Salad
This salad is delicious, even when it's not an emergency! It's also colorful and very good for you too.
Peanut Butter Granola Wrap Sandwiches
These crunchy and creamy wrap sandwiches are super easy to make and delicious.
Updated Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Carrots, sunflower seeds, and currants add crunch, texture, and nutrition to a simple peanut butter sandwich.
Butter Bean Salad
You could use any canned bean in this excellent recipe; black beans or red beans would be delicious. And add any canned meat for hungry appetites.
Mashed white beans, combined with some seasonings, make an excellent pizza sauce for this flavorful pizza. Boboli crusts are another great ingredient that stores well at room temperature.
Coconut Fruit Salad
Any canned fruit is delicious in this super simple salad. Serve it in ice cream cones for a treat to raise spirits.
Kris' Famous Sweet Potato Salad
I love this salad; it's suave and savory. You can also use it as a sandwich spread or dip. Buy small jars of salad dressing or mayonnaise for your emergency pantry for this and other salad recipes.
Salmon and Potato Salad
Use pouches of salmon instead of cans if you'd like; the fish in that packaging does not have skin or bones. Serve this salad in pita breads for an easy lunch.
Couscous Chicken Salad
You do need boiling water for this salad, unless you can find a brand of couscous that rehydrates in cold water.
This flavorful gazpacho is very satisfying. It can be heated if you'd like, and served hot.
Cut this recipe in half so you'll be able to eat it in one sitting. Serve as a sandwich filling, or as a dip with chips an d crackers.
Pesto Shrimp Salad
Look for dried pesto mixes in the condiment aisle of your supermarket, and make sure they can be rehydrated with room temperature liquid. This salad is surprisingly elegant and nutritious.
Brown Bread Sandwiches
Canned brown bread is a great item for your emergency stash. It can be used in other recipes too; try it with the Sweet Potato Salad as a filling.
Artichoke and Chickpea Salad
Did you ever think you could eat gourmet food during a natural disaster? You can with this recipe! Remember, you don't need to use all of the ingredients. As long as you have the main ingredients, use the seasonings you have on hand.
Mango and Bean Salad
Canned fruit is something you usually don't think about when stocking for an emergency, but it's a quick source of energy and an important source of nutrients. This recipe is so good I make it throughout the summer.
Tabbouleh with Chickpeas
Make sure you have fine bulgur for this easy recipe, because it will rehydrate in cold water. Any chopped vegetable would be delicious in this easy salad.
Cracker Bread Roll-ups
Cracker bread is another packaged bread perfect for your pantry. Once again, it can be used with the other salads in this list to make more sandwiches.
Creamy Mushroom Soup
This easy soup uses dried and canned ingredients for a hot meal that will warm you up.
This soup can be simply rehydrated with boiling water, but if you aren't in an emergency situation, the flavor is better if the mix and water are microwaved or simmered together. Flavor the mix any way you'd like.