A kitchen remodel is a major investment that can raise the value of your home and create a space that you'll love to cook in. However, it also can be a major inconvenience for your household while the construction is going on. You probably have a dozen things to think about during a remodel, but how to eat well and feed your family wholesome food is at the top of the list. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to take the stress out of healthy eating without a kitchen.
First of all, you need to do a little planning. Take a look around the kitchen and see if you can temporarily move the microwave, crock pot, or other appliances into another room. That will give you more options with your meal planning. Next, figure out how you'll keep food cold until it can be used. Do you have a freezer unit in the basement or garage? If not, you may want to invest in an ice chest. Finally, what about plates and utensils? If there's no easy way to wash what you have, you'll need to make do with disposable versions.
Now, let's look at five strategies to take the stress out of eating well during a kitchen renovation:
- You can freeze some meals ahead of time and store them in a deep freezer. While the remodel is underway, you can reheat as needed in your relocated microwave. Remember to freeze a variety of soups, casseroles, pies, and staples like basic baked chicken breasts. This will keep mealtimes from getting monotonous.
- For fresh home cooking, look at the humble, often-neglected rice cooker or crock pot. These versatile kitchen devices let you make healthy, hot food from scratch. With a little ingenuity, you can even bake in the crock pot or steam vegetables and fish in the rice cooker. Hundreds of easy, waistline-friendly recipes are just a quick web search away.
- Do you have friends or family members nearby? Now is a great time to stop by and have dinner at their house! You can sweeten the deal by offering to cook. If they're kind enough to let you use their kitchen for more extensive meal prepping, repay them with generous portions of whatever is on the menu. Don't forget to leave their kitchen spotless.
- You can also try camping in your own home. Dig out the portable cook stove and set it up on the concrete patio or in a well-ventilated space far from anything that could catch fire. You can also set up the grill outside. This is a great way to get smaller kids on board with the renovation. If the weather permits, you can let them play with the idea of 'camping from home' by setting up a pup tent in the backyard.
- However, sometimes even the best laid plans run into a snag. To bridge any gaps between hot meals, don't forget about healthy food options that don't have to be cooked. This can include things like cereal, salads, and sandwiches or wraps. You can make these meals very hearty by adding fruit and nuts, extra cold cuts, shredded rotisserie chicken, or beans. Break up the monotony of the flavors with healthy twists like hummus or yogurt dressing.
Shakti S. has been a freelance writer since 2012 and has a strong background in English with experience in copywriting, editing, and translations. She has taken on DIY projects and worked with professional designers and home repair agencies, and continues to learn more about home and yard decoration, maintenance, and repair.