One of the most common questions that I got during our kitchen renovation was if we were eating out all of the time. The short answer: NO! We very rarely eat out, maybe once every week or two, and that didn’t really change during our kitchen renovation. We were able to cook and eat healthy during our kitchen renovation with just a little bit of planning, some helpful ingredients and products, and some easy but delicious recipes to get us through.
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation soon, keep reading to find out how you can keep eating healthy during the renovation!
First, have a plan. Check out my post on how to survive a kitchen renovation for steps to set up a temporary kitchen and my suggested kitchen appliances and tools.
After your kitchen is set up, you’ll want to comprise a list of go-to meals and snacks that will be helpful to eat healthy during the kitchen renovation. This isn’t the time to get fancy with meal prepping. Stick to some basics, and discover new convenience foods – there are some out there that can be healthy! I’m sharing my favorites below.
Each week, I would have a plan for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and I would do as much prep in advance as possible. If I already had the chopping board out, I might as well chop a bunch of things for the week so I wouldn’t have to do it every night.
Here was my general plan when meal prepping:
2 main breakfasts to rotate throughout the week
3-4 snack options
2-3 lunch options to rotate
4-5 dinner options – the other days we would have leftovers and maybe takeout
Instant Plain Oatmeal with Bananas, Honey, and Peanut Butter – major go-to for my kids. I like buying the plain oatmeal without added sugar and then add honey and fruit to sweeten it to our liking.
Peanut Butter/Avocado Toast – easy, simple, protein packed!
Hard Boiled Eggs – I made a batch of these pretty frequently in my Instant Pot to have as a quick source of protein in the morning or as a snack. I also packed them in my kids’ lunches because they love them.
Greek Yogurt with Berries and Granola
Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos – I made a large batch of these twice during our kitchen renovation. My husband loved having these on hand to heat up before heading out the door for work.
Smoothie Packets – This was another option that I made prior to the renovation starting. I basically put all of the components of one smoothie except the milk (which usually came out to two servings) into a plastic baggie. Then when we wanted a smoothie, we would simply empty the contents into our blender, add milk, and breakfast would be served!
Dinner Ideas During Kitchen Renovation
Here are ten of our favorite recipes that we frequently used during our kitchen renovation.
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup – no chopping and so delicious!
One Skillet Chicken Teriyaki and Rice – I love using my electric wok for this!
One Skillet Mexican Chicken and Rice – an entire meal in one skillet.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup – I loved using pre-chopped veggies like broccoli, shredded carrots, and frozen chopped onions in this for an even easier soup.
Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup – again, using pre-chopped vegetables makes this soup a breeze.
Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup – so easy and good!
Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken – A delicious chicken dinner that is perfect to serve with a side of microwave steamed broccoli and frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sliders – Buy pre-made pickled veggies or kimchi instead of the homemade version that I have and this will be even easier!
I hope this post was helpful for staying healthy during a kitchen renovation! A little planning and preparation will go a long ways – and just get creative with your space! Keep in mind – it’s a temporary situation and soon you’ll be cooking in your dream kitchen!