Preparing for a power outage

Zucchini & Chicken Pie


September is National Food Safety Month and National Preparedness Month. The Extension Office thinks both of those topics are important and are also related.

This region got lucky with Hurricane Dorian because she did not cause as much damage as we experienced last year. However, it does not mean that we don’t need to make sure we are prepared for more storms in the future. One of the biggest concerns about hurricanes and food safety is what to do when you lose power.

There are things you can do ahead of time to prepare, and of course things to know afterward about your food. One of the first recommendations we give people is to purchase a food thermometer. Place one in your refrigerator and one in your freezer.

Foods that support the growth of pathogens are riskier after being held above 41 degrees for more than four hours. Also, be sure to check the stock of your refrigerator. Purchase or prepare food items that don’t require refrigeration and can be eaten cold or heated on an outdoor grill. Make sure to have enough water for you and your family to drink, cook with, brush teeth, flush toilets, etc. Prepare coolers and purchase ice or freeze containers of water for ice and possible drinking water. These are just the four main tips we give people when preparing for power outages with storms. Just because we got lucky this time does not mean that you don’t need to be ready for the next possible emergency.

Try the following recipe courtesy of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension website at For more information on Food for Thought programs, check us out online at or email

Serves 8

1 cup cooked, skinless chicken breasts, diced

1 cup sliced zucchini

1 cup sliced tomatoes

1/4 cup reduced fat, shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 (9-inch) pie crust


3/4 cup fat free egg substitute

1 cup skim milk

1/4 tsp pepper

Place zucchini, tomatoes, onions and chicken in pie crust. Prepare custard by mixing eggs, milk and pepper. Pour custard over ingredients already in pie crust. Sprinkle with cheese. Place in oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Nutritional Information: 170 calories, 7g fat, 190mg sodium, 1g fiber, 11g protein


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