For a long time, I didn't eat hot food on Shabbat. (That's ok, but be prepared for karaite jokes!)
If you're not ready to tackle the crockpot, hot plate, or blech, you can still eat food on Shabbat. Here are some ideas:
- Essentially: Anything that can be eaten cold or at room temperature
- Cold-cut sandwiches
- Fresh, canned, or dried fruits
- Bread/pita with spreads (hummus, peanut butter and jelly/bananas, Nutella, etc)
- Cereal (with or without milk)
- Chocolate, brownies, cakes, rugelach, cinnamon rolls, etc
- Popsicles, ice cream, ice cream sodas, etc
- Leftovers that can be eaten cold
It won't be the best food you've ever eaten, but you'll survive. And it can be an excuse to indulge in guilty favorites! Feel free to add other suggestions in the comments!
Note: Your community may not recognize opening cans or bottles as halachically-permissible. Check with your rabbi. This includes soda cans and bottles being opened for the first time.