Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lemon Chicken Pasta

* My husband didnt believe me when I told him this is made with canned chicken! It's easy and delicious! Everything was in my 3 month supply! We are adding this to our monthly menu!

1 can (10 to 12-1/2 ounces) chicken, drained
1/4 cup all purpose flour
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons capers, drained (optional)
1/2 cup peas (optional)
4 ounces spaghetti, cooked (you can use any pasta, we like whole wheat angel hair pasta with this)

Break chicken into bite-size pieces but do not flake it. Mix flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with seasoned flour. Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium-high. Brown coated chicken until golden. Remove from pan and keep warm. Add chicken broth, lemon juice and capers. Boil rapidly to reduce to about 1/4 cup. Remove from heat. Add chicken and stir to coat chicken with the sauce. Serve

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chicken Quesadillas

So good we ate them too fast to get a picture. Aaron said these were his new favorite. And sooo easy!

1 Can Cheddar Cheese Soup
½ C Salsa
2 Can chicken breast, drained
10 Flour Tortillas

Pre-heat oven to 425

Mix ingredients in a saucepan, heat through, spread into tortilla and top with more cheese and I put cilantro on top too. Then bake!

You can totally add stuff to this if you want, like olives, sour cream, etc. I served with rice to keep it simple for the kids

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cowboy Salsa

Instant Healthy Snack or Side

(I love this recipe because I know I can make it with Everything right from the pantry, just open cans and mix together!If I happen to have some of the fresh ing. then its even better!)

1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes (I like fire roasted for more flavor)
1 cup italian dressing (you can make your own from the packet or use bottled)

*add cilantro, fresh lime juice, diced green onions, diced monterey jack cheese,or diced avacado for more flavor

Eat with tortilla chips!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cracked Wheat

Cracked Wheat Hot Cereal

2 C. Hard Red Wheat
3 C. Water
1t. Salt
2T. Butter
1/4 C. Honey or Brn. Sugar

Put this in the crock pot and set it on low for 6 hours. Depending on how you like your hot cereal adding water might be needed. 

I serve it just like this with juice and the kids love it. They like "popping" the wheat in their mouth. yeah, I don't know.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This is the Solid Food Storage Recipe. You can substitute fresh chicken and use grapes for the craisinsetc. But remember for your three month still buy the Food Storage ingredients too!

1-13 oz Can Chicken, shredded
2 -3 T mayo
1/2 C Craisins
1/4 C Walnuts, chopped (optional if you are using the wheat berries)
1/4 C. Wheat Berries, drained from any liquid
1 t. Lemon Juice
2 t. Tarragon
Pineapple tidbits and a Little of the juice if you want is good too

Mix it all up and use liquid from pineapple to get the consistency you want. Serve Cold over a croissant or homemade roll!

Minestrone Soup

Again, this is all Food Storage but sub. fresh and still buy F.S. ingredients too for your three month supply

1 Can Roast Beef, drained, shredded
1 Can Kidney Beans
2 Stalks of Celery (dehydrated celery)
2 Carrots, sliced (can Carrots, drained)
1/2 Onion, diced (3T.dehydrated onion)
1 can Diced Tomatoes (I use 28oz)
4 -6 Cups Beef stock (can use broth and bullion cubes)
Additional water until desired serving amount
1 Cup Elbow macaroni
1/2-1 C Wheat berries
1 tsp. Oregano
1tsp. Parsley
1tsp. Basil
1tsp. Salt/Pepper

You can add some Italian sausage if you want instead of roast beef for your fresh meat

Prepare your vegetables and add to Stock Pot or Crock Pot with everything but your macaroni. Let stew for 4-6 hours. Put macaroni in about 30 min before serving.
Serve with some Parmesan cheese if you want too!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Smothered Beef and Bean Burritos

Alright, we tried out this Food Storage Recipe and it is a definite go! You can do a lot of different things to it by way of topping. I just did cheese this time, but I think after baking, next time top with sour cream, shredded lettuce and olives and oh my goodness- heaven!

Sorry about no picture, we ate them so fast when it dawned on me to take one they were demolished!


2 cans pinto beans
½ lb ground beef
1/2 pkg taco seasoning
½ onion, chopped
½ jar salsa
8 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 can diced chilies
8-10 flour tortillas (the uncooked Costco kind are the best-cook first, obviously)
Red Enchilada sauce


Brown meat, drain, then add onion and taco seasoning (add about ¼ c water to pan). Cook until onion is tender. Add chilies and salsa. Puree beans in blender until smooth, and then add to pan. Stir in cheese, mix well. Spoon onto tortillas and fold up. Wrap in foil and bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil, place in baking dish, and smother with enchilada sauce and shredded cheese, return to oven and bake at 425 until cheese is bubbly. You can also freeze them in the foil for a quick meal later. Just bake at 350 for 45 min (in foil). For kids, I omit the hamburger and just have bean and cheese burritos.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Chicken Enchiladas

Freezing meals is a great time saver! I am getting ready for baby number two in a few days, and spent a few hours making some meals for the freezer. And snacks for the cupboards!
I made everything using my food storage ingredients!

I made Taco soup, Tortilla Soup, Tatertot Casserole, and Chicken Enchiladas. For snacks I made and froze banana nut muffins, pb balls, and rolls.
Also, some homemade granola bars and hard boiled eggs. I think I am feeling ready! Truly, prepping ahead does save you money and time, and helps you feel prepared!

This is our favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe because these are ingredients I always have in my 3 month supply: (This makes 8 Enchilada's)

1 can chicken
1 can black beans
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can diced green chilies
2 cups grated cheese
1/2 cup sour cream or milk to thin
*chili powder, and cumin, S&P to taste

Combine all ing. and fill tortillas. Roll and put in pan.
Top with green enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake 350 for 30 min
*of course for freezing, add sauce and cheese on top when ready to cook

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Cups

Oh my my, these are killer!


1 C Peanut Butter
½ C Sugar
1 Egg
1 t. Vanilla

Milk chocolate to melt


Mix all ingredients and roll into balls. Flatten a little
Bake 350 for 8 min,
After they cool dip into chocolate! Yep , I said it. DIP IN CHOCOLATE

White Bean Soup

Would you believe that my kids ate this, even with the Kale? It really is super good and healthy and I wouldn't put it on here if it wasn't right?!!!!
(I'll get a picture soon!)


2 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
3 Cups Water
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion peeled and chopped
2 Med Carrots peeled and sliced
1 large rib celery, cut into pieces
Two 15-ounce cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 ½ C chopped fresh kale
Salt /Pepper


Sauté Onions
Add all other ingredients into stock pot nad cook over stove 15 min or so. 
This would be good also in a crock pot before church. the flavors would "marry" really well.

Lunch Made Easier Ideas

I try to make lunches the night before school for the kids- but I usually end up not doing it! So, to make it easier I have started freezing the sandwiches that I make all at once on my Saturday baking day. This is when I also make the mini muffins and freeze them too. By the time they are ready to eat they have thawed and are just perfect. My kids never said one thing about something still being frozen. 
I also know that my kids love the lunchable pizza's and well, mira and I started making our own! (pictured above)
These are baked then cooled then put in a baggie, stuck in the freezer until that morning when i yank it out and stick it in the lunch box. 

TIP- if you are doing PB&J. Put peanut butter on both sides of the bread, jelly in the middle. It wont get soggy this way. 
TIP- if you are making turkey sandwiches. Use miracle whip not mayonnaise. Miracle whip wont separate like Mayo. 

This is a great time saver for me. Really, I love this idea.

Taco Soup

Gotta have this in your food storage recipes! This freezes beautifully!
One our most favorite comfort meals. You can be versitile with what kind of beans you use!

(picture from Dinners ready)
Taco soup

½ lb ground beef, browned
1 can tomato soup
1 can water
1 can corn (drained)
1 can kidney beans (drained)
1 can chili beans (drained)
1 can stewed or crushed tomatoes
1 can green chilies
½-3/4 package taco seasoning
sour cream
shredded cheese
Combine all ingredients, except Fritos, sour cream and cheese. Cook over med heat until heated thoroughly. Top with Fritos, cheese and sour cream.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wheat Crepes

I love crepes! They are easy, and you can be creative as you want! I love to have them for a meal, some with sweet some savory filling! These are made with whole wheat flour!

Whole Wheat Crepes
(recipe by Stephanie)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/2 cup milk
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Scrape down sides as necessary.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, (or overnight).
3. Lightly oil a preheated crepe pan, or a small non stick skillet. Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and quickly tilt the pan in a circular motion until batter is spread evenly around the bottom of the skillet. (If you like thinner crepes, use 2 tablespoons of batter. I like mine thicker.)
4. Cook the crepe until bubbly and browned on the bottom (about 30 seconds). Carefully flip the crepe over using a long spatula. Cook for another 20 seconds or until bottom is lightly browned.
5. Fill with desired toppings and roll or fold. Enjoy!

Some desired filling ideas:
Savory- Scrambled eggs and cheese, salsa, sauted onion
Sweet- dice up any fruit you have. I used blueberries, oranges, apples, and some almonds. Mix with yogurt and cool whip.
Also, I like to use fresh or frozen strawberries, toppped with whip cream and chocolate sauce
Lemon juice and powdered sugar is good too! Enjoy!