Friday, March 13, 2009

Food Storage Recipes

I've had a few requests for the food storage recipes that I came up with. A disclaimer: I said that these can almost be completely made from food storage. It may require an item or two from the store or adapting the recipe if times are really bad. I count meat as being included in food storage, since I have a freezer full of it in the garage (boy are we in trouble if we lose power!). Also, I noticed that quite a few call for sour cream which I found you can buy dehydrated sour cream here. And, I am assuming that you have some basics in your food storage such as flour, sugar, oil, dry milk, salt, and powdered eggs.

5 Bean Soup
5 cans of beans (kidney, red, pinto, black, white, black-eyed peas, navy, etc.)
2 cups thick'n'chunky salsa (We use Pace in the huge bottle you can get at WalMart)
1 pkg. Polska Kielbasa Sausage

Rinse and drain beans; put in large pot. Add salsa. Cut up sausage into bite-sized pieces and throw in pot. Add water to desired consistency. Heat until hot. You could make this sans meat as well. We like to serve it with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Mexican Creation
Sam invented this one. Throw whatever you've got that seems "Mexican-ish" into a pot and heat through. Serve in tortillas (can be made from scratch using FS items) or chips. Here's what we usually have in ours:
ground beef, browned and drained
diced tomatoes
kidney beans, rinsed and drained
black beans, rinsed and drained
black olives
green olives
corn (new addition!)
Top with sour cream, cheese, and salsa. If it is dry (no juices), add a little water.

Tortilla Recipe
Warning: Must use a dough hook or it doesn't turn out right!
2 c hot water
2 tsp salt
1/3 c oil
3 c flour

Mix with dough hook. Roll out on generously floured surface. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat (a dry pan-no oil or anything) until light brown spots appear. Flip and cook other side.

Chicken Spaghetti
This makes a downsize if needed!
2 cans spaghetti sauce
2 cans chicken chunks
1/4 tsp garlic salt
3/4 lrg. tub of sour cream
spaghetti or rotini noodles, cooked and drained

Heat up sauce, chicken, and garlic salt in medium saucepan until boiling. Stir in sour cream. Serve over noodles. (Original recipe calls for spaghetti, but we prefer mixing it with rotini noodles.)
Tip: Grill chicken in a skillet for a few minutes before adding makes it taste better...less like tuna!

Chicken Stuffing Casserole
1-2 cans chicken chunks
1 pkg. stuffing
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c sour cream

Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Mix in chicken chunks. Mix together soup and sour cream. Spread a thin layer of soup mix in bottom of casserole dish. Add chicken/stuffing mix. Top with the rest of the soup mix. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until bubbly and hot.

Sloppy Joes
1 lb hamburger
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. ketchup
2 TBS flour
2 TBS sugar
1 TBS mustard
buns or bread

Brown hamburger and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until thick. Serve on homemade buns or bread.

Cornbread Slop
1 pkg. cornbread mix
1 can green beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
2 cans chili

Mix chili, corn, and green beans together in a casserole dish. Prepare cornbread according to package directions. Spread on top of chili mixture. Bake according to directions for cornbread until the cornbread is done in the middle. Other add-ins could be diced tomatoes or olives.

Taco Soup-- meat-free option
1 can chili
1 can green beans
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
8 oz tomato sauce
taco seasoning or cummin to taste

Throw it all in a pot and heat through. Tastes great served with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chips. My mom substituted chili for hamburger one time either because she didn't have the meat or she didn't have time to brown it. I was amazed at how close to the original it tasted. I do it that way every time now because it is so fast and less expensive. Plus- great for food storage!

Easy Southwest Stroganoff
1 lb hamburger
1 c. water
2 c. thick'n'chunky salsa
2 c. wagon-wheel pasta (or similar shape/size)
1/2 tsp salt
1 can sliced olives (optional)
1/2 c. sour cream

Brown and drain hamburger. Stir in water, salsa, pasta, salt, and olives (original recipe did not call for olives, but we like them!). Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Mix in sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips crushed on top.

pancake mix

Okay, so this one is a given. But who doesn't love having pancakes for dinner??

Pasta and Sauce
1 pkg. noodles of any kind
1 can of your favorite sauce

Another given, but so easy. Perfect for food storage. Dress it up a little by adding olives, dried parmesean, canned chicken, diced or stewed tomatoes, or other food storage appropriate items.


Shaela said...

wow, those all sound so yummy!!

Laurel said...

Thanks, Kels! You're really on top of things. Thanks for sharing and helping those of us who aren't so on the ball. Those recipes sound realistic and enjoyable to eat. Not like some of those food storage recipes out there. Thanks again!

Connie said...

I am probably the one person on the planet who doesn't like pancakes for dinner, but everything else sounds good. :)

Kyle and Alli said...

Thank you! I will give a few of these a try!