Whew, that is a bit of a rough spot! I admire you for reaching out and asking for ideas instead of griping about the situation. I hope you are able to approach your situation as an adventure, knowing that someday you’ll chuckle at what you did to get by.
First, consider temporarily expanding your cold storage with a cooler and bagged ice, this will help you keep produce on hand that will improve the nutrition of any of your meals. A rice and vegetable steamer will drastically expand your cooking possibilities, as would a crock pot, both of which can be obtained for less than $30. Also, keep a close eye on your area’s Freecycle, you may be surprised by what people give away.
With what you have on hand, here are some meal ideas:
Think open faced hot sandwiches like: roastbeef and cheddar, pastrami on rye, turkey and swiss and tuna melts. Quesadillas also come to the rescue, assemble, filling with cheese, beans, whatever floats your boat. Brush the tortilla with olive oil and bake at 400F for 6 – 8 minutes turning once.
You can bake potatoes, both Idaho and sweet. Try roasting vegetables, by tossing them with a little olive oil and spreading on your baking sheet, experiment with different herbs such as thyme and rosemary.
Your electric kettle can be used to make instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and stuffing. If you have an oven safe dish, you can heat canned soup by adding the hot water from your kettle and then finish heating it in the oven, stirring occasionally. Use the same technique to heat frozen or canned vegetables.
Home Eccers, I would love to hear your ideas for this reader, please feel free to chime in with suggestions for the tools she has available.