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Smoothies & Frozen Fruit

by heather
Last night when my husband came to pick me up from work my daughter had unexpectedly thrown up in the car, and he was looking worse than I have ever seen him. The job of mommy/nurse never ends. After passing out the Zofran, I made smoothies for dinner. Here is my basic ad lib recipe:Smoothies2 cups frozen fruit1 cup fresh fruit1/2-1 cup juice (depending on how thick you want it)1/4 cup yogurt (plain, vanilla, flavored, whatever)As much fresh or frozen spinach as you can get away with (I usually do Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Chicken and Easy Fresh Pesto

by heather
Last Saturday when I got my fresh herb pack from Bountiful Baskets, I knew that I needed to make some fresh pesto, and as I was eating it I thought 'Why haven't I blogged about this before?' It's so easy and delicious. Enjoy.Chicken, Pasta and PestoFood Storage Ingredients:10 oz pasta, prepared al dente1/2 cup olive oil2 Tablespoons almonds, toasted1/2 cup Italian dressingFresh Ingredients: 2 lbs of chicken2 loosely packed cups fresh basil2 cloves fresh garlic1/2 cup grated Parmesandash of lemon Read more [...]

Mexican Party At My House

by heather
I just have to say that 'I Heart the Bountiful Baskets Mexican Pack'. Nothing inspires a fiesta like fresh Mexican food, even if it's just for me and the fam. I considered saving these for a guests and having more of an actual fiesta, but to be honest this meal is a little too labor intensive to do on a large scale, unless you're ready to start your own Mexican restaurant. I love getting my surprise bag of Mexican produce.  I was super excited to discover that last weekend's pack included these Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Healthy substitutions from your pantry.

by heather
Using your food storage can improve your diet and make your life easier. Here is a list of ways you use ordinary food storage items in place of other ingredients and make your meals healthier at the same time. Now these substitutions don't work every time, but often enough to improve your diet. (This is similar to a post that I put up awhile ago, but I'm putting it up because it was requested.)1. Wheatberries for ground beef- Less saturated fat, more folic acid and fiber. This works well in Tacos Read more [...]

Tips on Freezing Meats

by heather
 Properly freezing meats can make the difference between a  delicious convenient meal that saved you time and money or a meal that is dry, tough and something to be endured.  Marinade is your friend. Yesterday I bought some boneless skinless chicken breasts on sale, divided them into plastic freezer bags, added some Italian dressing and lemon pepper (which is also my favorite marinade for fish), and popped them in the freezer for use at a later date. I use this method any time I find Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Chicken Vegetable Chowder

by heather
There are six basic staples of long term food storage: rice, wheat, oats, pasta, beans, and potatoes. Potatoes are pretty darn easy to incorporate into your diet. To quote my friend Liesa "Mashed potatoes are the fast food of food storage." Anyone can add them as a side to a meal with very little effort. Mashed potato flakes can be stored for approximately 30 years. I am not a big potato person, however growing up my mom made this chicken vegetable chowder that I loved. Getting the recipe out of Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Wheatberry Salsa

by heather
I think that one of the biggest hurdles that people have with using their food storage is wheat. I know that when I was growing up we ate many forms of food storage on a regular basis, except the wheat. We never touched the wheat.Yet wheat is so good for you! It gives you fiber, folic acid and protein. Not to mention that it is cheap, versatile and retains its nutrients for decades! If you grind it into flour the possibilities are endless, but there are many options even without grinding it into Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Homemade Salsa

by heather
When I think of food storage I think oats, beans, wheat, rice, potatoes and pasta. These are staples. Staples are important, they are your base. But it is also important to store things that help the staples go down a little easier. (Because no one wants to live off only the staples.) This week I invited a friend over and we made salsa. Salsa is almost a staple in our house. And I have a reputation for making good salsa. (A few friends were upset when I announced that I would be quitting my last Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Breakfast Cookies

by heather
Using your food storage at dinner time is great and all, but if you were to be living off your food storage, I certainly hope that you would be eating more than once a day. You need to plan for breakfast and lunch as well. So let's do a few breakfast recipes, shall we?Today's recipe comes from my very own mom. The smell of these cookies brings back memories. My mom used to make a big batch of these, freeze them and send a few with me on field trips. And they're certainly healthier than many other Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Hawaiian Haystacks

by heather
Food storage can make your life easier. One way to start out is to pick a recipe that your family enjoys that incorporates food storage and buy enough ingredients to make that meal 3 times. Once you have 30 recipes, multiplied by three, you will have a 3 month supply of food. Keep these ingredients where you will use them. Case in point: My family loves Hawaiian Haystacks so I purchased all the ingredients to make at least 3 meals worth (It's one of the few meals that everyone is willing to eat, Read more [...]

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