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How can I eat healthy dinners without cooking?

I will be spending 2 months working away from home in a B&B with no access to a cooker (or even a kitchen!). I do not want to live on take-aways every night! Does anyone know of any healthy meals that I can have in the evenings without need of a kitchen?

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27 Responses to “How can I eat healthy dinners without cooking?”

  1. Longi said :

    Eat Sushi

  2. deni said :

    salads, also if you go to restuarants, many can be understanding to healthy eating, you can always ask them to leave things off, and try and get things that have been steamed or grilled for healthier eating too…good luck

  3. Pepito111 said :

    hummus and pita.

    salad (caesar, antipasto, you name it, just make it)

    yogurt and cereal (the yogurt makes it more substantial than just milk)

    cheese, meat (e.g. salami), bread, olives. if you buy the right kinds of each, you might not even need a refrigerator.

  4. Maggot!! said :

    if youve got a microwave there are heaps of frozen meals available in the frozen food section of supermarkets. talk to your b&b about it and if you don’t get a microwave in your room ask them if you can use theirs to heat up your food in. you may be able to pay a little more to get a microwave and even a kettle so you can have frozen foods (which can be very healthy and yummy) and cups of noodles. stuff like that?

    if not try getting chineese with lots of vegetables or look for your regular dinners in food courts or take away places. if all else fails, just try to eat salads and fruit during the day and have take away for dinner.

    good luck and i hope i helped

    <3 Maggot!!

  5. gorilla said :

    Alter your eating habits and have a good cooked meal at mid-day then have a good sandwich in the evening ie wholemeal bread/granary bread with a “healthy” filling such as chicken, salad etc – according to your likes. Then have some fresh fruit – apples take a lot of beating.

    Get invited to a friends house every so often and reciprocate by taking them out for a meal.

  6. Nickname said :

    Try this website, it has recipes that require hardly any cooking

    (if your not a vegie then hust pop in some ham or salami, meat that dosnt require cooking)

  7. willa said :

    check this out if you are interested in ‘raw cooking’. it’s very healthy.

  8. thequiteone2006 said :

    how do you have a B&B without a kitchen or cooker, surely its just a B

  9. srracvuee said :

    yes of course Salads you can vary every time you make one with meat/tinned salmon/ eggs such a variety and you can buy salads already for eating at the supermarket //what it will do for your diet

  10. caroline r said :

    Tinned (or fresh) fruit is great with some yoghurt. Also pre- packed salads with a few slice of cold meat. Hummous/salsa with pitta bread. Packets of dried fruit &/or nuts. Good luck!

  11. aidanj said :

    first ,buy some plastic tubs with lids clingfilm to keep food fresh if no fridge use a plastic bucket with lid you can buy ice from the shop and put it in the bucket when it is needed food to buy ; cooked meats if [not ] salad made in a bag tomatoes, fruits eg apples grapes, cleminetines,eggs boil let go cold bread rolls for sandwitches. /or you can have a word with the bed /breakfast place you will be working fore and come to same arrangement with use of kitchen silver fox

  12. auntie debbo said :

    if you have access to a kettle make cous-cous – just cover it in boiling water and 10 minutes later the water has been absorbed and it’s ready to eat – add chilli sauce and whatever raw vegetables are easy for you to get -also have a can opener and add tuna or chopped tomatoes – experiment and you can have some really tasty healthy concoctions.

  13. Torvill&dean said :

    Salads if u can get hot water pot noddles not healthy but its pot noddles or starve.

  14. northerntiger said :

    Dude, if you have access to hot food during the day then use that. Otherwise, just go to the local supermarket and see the wide range of cooked meats and salads they have. You could have smoked salmon, prawns, cooked chicken breast, cooked beef with different types of salad or rice (that comes cooked too) with beetroot or potato salad – just go to the supermarket and hang around the deli and the chilled section – also the deli also do hot cooked chicken and pork and beef – so you could try that?

  15. pollyrose1994 said :

    you can have a variety of different types of salad sandwiches, they are healthy and nutritious. You can by ready made sandwich fillings in main shops, which save time too. If you have access to a microwave, you could have hot pies to fill you up on an evening too. The amount of different types of bread these days is uncountable, sometimes its just the bread you need to change, not what you have inside. Some bread is glazed I.E. Tiger bread, which is delicious with cold meats and salad. You can also buy ready made pasta where all you have to do is heat it up in a microwave. Tinned tuna or sardines make a great alternative to meat in a sandwich too. Hope it helps.

  16. Athene1710 said :

    Salad is the obvious healthy eating choice that doesn’t need cooking, but sometimes it’s nice to have something warm. In my last year at uni I pretty much lived on packets of cous cous because it took about ten minutes to prepare and only required a kettle.
    Are you already booked into a B&B? If not, go to a youth hostel – there a bit basic, but at least they have kitchens.
    Some B&Bs will heat stuff up for you in the evenings if you ask nicely and if you’re going to be there two months, it might be worth enquiring about this.

  17. lady l said :

    go out to eat and you don’t need to cook to eat healthy fruit salad is healthy

  18. Physics-Student said :

    Sure!! I eat McDonald’s everyday for the past 15 years and I am as fit as a fiddle! I haven’t put on any weight. Perhaps it is to do with my healthy diet of McDonald’s Meal!

  19. Vikki said :

    Buy a smoothie maker (about £30) and make fruit smoothies. These are really healthy. Eat lots of fresh fruit too. You are quite limited as to what you can eat if you don’t have access to a kitchen though. If you don’t have a fridge either (like me when i stayed in the Uni halls of residence), put things in a carrier bag and hang them out of the window – this should keep them cool as long as they’re not in direct sunlight. You can then have yoghurt, dairylee lunch things, milk etc.

  20. jimporary said :

    Even without cooked food during the daytime, you would survive fine for two months on some of the suggestions above, but you’d better take a tin opener with you! And surely you’d be allowed to plug in a small travel kettle? I used to have a travel electric jug, where the element was hidden and we could boil eggs in it, as well as use it to heat water for tea etc. Don’t know if they’re still on the market.

    My daughter lived almost without cooked food at all for nine months in a student hostel in France, rather than pay high refectory prices, and she had no access to a fridge. She used to hang things outside the window, as described, in winter, but when the weather got hot, she kept cheese in a pot standing in a bowl of water, the way we used to in the days before everyone had fridges. Cover it with a cloth which dangles in the water, keeping it moist, and the evaporation cools it down. When we lived in Africa without a fridge, we kept butter in a jam jar and virtually poured it on our bread.

    As well as small tins of tuna, you could stock up on tins of chick peas, garden peas, cooked beetroot, pickled peppers etc. Couscous and salads would be very healthy, as well as delicious. You can do instant mashed potato the same way – if you like it. Avocado makes a good salad base, and keeps well until cut. Similarly bananas, apples and tomatoes – God’s convenience foods, sealed in their own packaging! And don’t forget nutritious, healthy, bread! Our ancestors lived on it before potatoes were introduced from South America.

    Take a few basic items with you – most could be plastic to save weight – a bowl, couple of plates, mug, sharp knife, several spoons of different sizes, fork, tea towel, dishcloth, as well as tin opener.

    Have fun!

  21. boudicca said :

    Salads are nutritious when served with tuna, tinned salmond and the like. Try Smoked salmond and brown bread.

    You could always buy potato salad and cooked baby potatoes as a way of bulking out the salads. Be sure not to buy rice salad as rice can become contaiminated very quickly once cooled…definitely stay away from it.

    Tinned foods can be nutritious and you can get really good
    recipes sent to you by phoning freephone 0800 243364
    or by visting

    With all this information and advice given on here you should not be short of ideas for dinners without cooking, however,
    I think once you get where you are going to work your employer will be offering you the use of the kitchen to cook a meal or even the lend of a microwave in your room.

    Though in all likelyhood you will be wanting to get out and about in the evening and you will soon get acquainted with the best wee cafe. Nothing worse than eating on your own especially on a summers evening.

    All the best with the job.

  22. anthony p said :

    fruit vegetables

  23. redlex261 said :

    Hiya, you didn’t say whether u can cook in ur room cos if this is the case you can take in a microwave for most meals from scrambled egg to microwave meals etc, kettle for tea, coffee, cuppa soups, cous-cous etc, steamer for some nice health veggies, fish etc, toaster for toast, waffles, pop tarts lol. George Forman (or equivalent) grills for your meats, fish, grilled mushrooms/ tomatoes etc. There are so many things u can cook with these days – the other thing is that u may wanna invest in some kind of fridge to keep ur milk, salad, cheese n other dairy products fresh. If ur only away for 2 months I’m sure u know someone who you can borrow many of these items from.
    Hope this has helped..

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  25. parmkanwal said :

    you can have green salad or fruit salad with ice cream or some times a piece of bread along with a cup of full cream Milk can mix bournvita or horlicks these are the best options “rest no other healthy food ” (than only junk foods )
    or some times for a change boil water & put in cup noodles

  26. Miss L said :

    Well I guess as you say no access to a kitchen that you ahve already approached the owners and asked if you can use their microwave or kettle? If not, that would be my first step; as you’re going to be there two months, they may well be kind and help you out.

    Alternatively, take some basic cooking tools with you! So maybe take one of those mini fridges you can pick up for around £20 now? Obviously you could go further and take microwave, toaster etc but, with the fridge I think you would be OK.

    Of course you have salad that you can eat, but maybe before you go, find out which is the nearest supermarket to your B&B and head to your local store, and spend a good hour walking around. There are loads of dry and cold things you could eat. Plus, if you do take a mini fridge, you can buy a few different salad-y items, cold meats, cheese etc and store them.

    And how about the deli counter? They do cooked chickens which are really nice, so that would enable you to have a hot meal one night, and eat the leftovers witha salad or in a sandwich the next day. And not all takeaway’s terrible – how about if you picked up that chicken, getting a portion of boiled rice from a local chinese? Or a chicken or shish kebab with some salad? Try hitting some diet websites to see which takeaways they recommend as the healthiest, so if you do eat a bit more takeaway than you want, you’re not doing anything too terrible.

    Most importantly, make sure you keep it as balanced as possible, and remember that no one is perfect! If you are likely to slip and eat takeaway, plan it in advance – then, if you know for example you are treating yourself of Wednesday, you might just have a bit more willpower the rest of the week.

    I hope this helps and, if all else fails, see if you can change B&Bs to one where they will let you borrow their microwave!!


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