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What did you eat during the recent black-out?

I was not prepared at all! We had been cleaning out our refrig and freezer in preparation for several weeks out of town. Fortunately, we still had some veggie burgers in the freezer that we were able to cook on the gas grill the only night we were without power, but this experience really made me realize I have not yet been proactive to make plans for all types of emergencies.

I have found some great information already prepared to help vegetarians plan food supplies for short-term emergencies. Reed Mangels, Ph.D., RD and The Vegetarian Resource Group have produced Disaster Planning for Vegetarians. This four-page handout gives a sample menu for a family of four which does not require refrigeration, cooking, or water to prepare foods. Also included is a list of what can go in a Three-Day Food Supply for a Family Disaster Kit.

If you have a safe cooking source, you can prepare some simple hot foods. Non-perishable vegetarian foods requiring minimal cooking and which can be heated on a camping stove include canned soups, soups or meals in a cup, instant mashed potatoes, and dry mixes for hummus or refried beans. Also, think of quick cooking brown rice, couscous, textured vegetable protein (mix with tomato sauce and spices), ramen-type noodles, and instant hot cereals.

To order the four-page Disaster Planning for Vegetarians, send a self addressed envelope with two first class stamps to: Disaster Planning, The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

You may also see the full article and print the information from the Vegetarian Resource Group's web site.

The following web site for recipies using canned ingredients will also be helpful in emergencies: http://www.mealtime.org/

I will be better prepared if there is a next time!

faq posted 9/03, updated 10/03

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These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

Contact Diana:

Phone: 734/996-9260

Fax: 734/996-9262

P.O. Box 130221, Ann Arbor, MI  48113

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