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Skillet Penne with Sausage and Spinach

20 Apr

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This meal is a fast one to put together and everyone likes it!

It’s based off a favorite one dish meal, this time made over using  food storage ingredients.  The pine nuts are definitely optional, it’s good with or without them.

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Pot Stickers

25 Jan

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Never again will I buy these delectable treats!  Seriously.  These were *easy* to make, a little time consuming when it came to filling them, but the process itself was not complicated at all.  And the best part… they were fantastic even using 100% food storage ingredients!  They’re definitely going to be added to my plan now.  Also, this was my first try ever making them ( just so you know I’m not pulling any punches when I say they were easy) and they turned out fabulous!   So, in case you need another reason to go out and buy yourself a pasta machine, this is another really good one.  Why buy pot sticker or won ton wrappers from the store when you can make them yourself?  It might even save you from calling for take out!

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Italian Polenta Bake

7 Dec

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Give polenta a try!  It’s something different /easy to make and requires basic ingredients that can be stored.  You can add anything you like to it from mushrooms to broccoli to herbs and cheese, or you can choose to keep it plain and simple as a base for something else.  This recipe is a keeper at my house — I think you’ll like it too!  Here are some other ideas for using polenta in your meals:  Continue reading

Pizza!

5 Oct

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Let the joyous news be spread,  pizza is on the menu as a food storage and sun oven meal!!

A little history.  I’d never considered pizza as a food storage recipe until Karen from www. kneadfulthingsnow.com talked about it here.   I know I rave about her a lot.  The funny thing is that I haven’t even met this woman — someday when I do I’m going to give her a big hug and thank her for being so smart!  Anyway,  Karen had some awesome ideas there that got me realizing that fun normal foods like this were possible in a food storage plan!  Who would’ve thought?!!

So, it was decided.  We would be having pizza…somehow.

The second phase of getting pizza on the menu however was that I had to come up with a way to bake it in a sun oven.  The last thing I wanted was to have spent a lot of money on freeze dried cheese ($3- $4 per cup) and other ingredients and then be dependent on electricity (which may or may not be there) to be able to make our pizza!  So this is what I’ve come up with.

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Balsamic Tortellini

30 Sep

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It’s hard not to love this one.  It’s super yummy and takes less than five minutes prep time to make.  In fact, the extent of your effort will be to boil a pot of water… you’ve gotta love that!  On top of that, those you prepare it for will applaud your culinary inaction with all kinds of compliments.  Just be polite and say thank you anyway.

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Hot Ham Rolls

14 Sep

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Our kids love these rolls! Thanks to the publisher of  “It’s in the Bag” (www.cedarfort.com) for allowing me to reprint this great pantry meal recipe!  I’ve done just a couple of things differently since you saw it in my introductory videos.  Firstly, thanks to a great idea from a reader I’ve switched to using shortening powder rather than shortening.  It works perfectly and simplifies  the bagging process and meal prep time!  Secondly, because I’ve had problems with the baking powder hardening while it’s stored I’m now storing the flour mix in vacuum sealed bags.

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