Banana Split Energy Balls (Raw/Vegan/Deliciousness)

Banana Split Energy Balls (Raw/Vegan/Deliciousness)

Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, Recipes
You may have seen in a few recipe posts, that I've been working towards eating a more raw vegan diet lately. It's a work in progress and I succeed about 85% of the time I'd say :) I definitely try to minimize animal products and keep the rest of my diet consisting of whole foods including lots of fruits and vegetables. It's not always easy to have healthy fresh fruits and veggies on hand every day, so I've been super grateful for my food storage foods (which I always keep upstairs for everyday use anyway) while I've been adjusting to this new way of eating. Sometimes I miss being able to have a yummy treat to just pop in my mouth when I need a little afternoon pick-me-up. Enter this…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  Freeze-Dried Chicken

From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Chicken

From Storage to Stovetop
Today we are featuring Freeze-Dried Chicken (in two varieties) and showing you exactly how WE use them in our kitchens. Being able to avoid thawing, chopping, and cooking chicken is the difference in being able to get dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes versus getting desperate and having to hit a fast food restaurant. While we have had freeze-dried meats as part of our food storage for a long time, it was only recently that we really began to see the beauty of using it as part of our regular dinner planning. Chopped Chicken vs Seasoned Chicken Slices Seasoned Chicken Slices are large chunks of chicken great for soups, Hawaiian haystacks, or any chicken marinade-type recipe where you want large chunks over rice, noodles, etc. These bigger…
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Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili

Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili

Bean Recipes, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
I've been transitioning to a vegetarian diet over the past few months and have discovered that most food storage recipes are fabulous for this new way of eating. I love that I can try new recipes and know that they fit in with the way I want to eat right now, as well as are full of ingredients that I have in my long term food storage. I made this Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili using my Instant Pot and it turned out amazing, wasn't too time consuming and is fairly inexpensive with all the food storage substitutions I made! Win-win-win. Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili Ingredients: 2 T. olive oil 1/2 c. freeze-dried chopped onions 1/2 c. freeze-dried red bell peppers 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp.…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  Freeze-Dried Bell Peppers

From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Bell Peppers

From Storage to Stovetop
In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Jodi shares about how she likes to use Freeze-Dried Green Bell Peppers and how they have helped her enjoy eating vegetables more. Freeze dried bell peppers a long shelf life and are so easy to use. We love that you don't have to buy a whole pepper if you only need a half for a recipe, or a few slices to throw in an omelet. No more throwing away half-eaten rotten produce! Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion 1/3 cup dry = about 1 bell pepper Refreshing Instructions Add 1/3 cup of water to 1 cup peppers; let sit covered for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Favorite Recipes Using Green or Red Peppers Vegetarian White Bean Soup Breakfast Egg Scramble Pizza Casserole Southwester…
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Compassion and Emergency Preparedness

Compassion and Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
With Easter coming up we have been thinking a lot about Jesus lately. This Easter we are participating in the #PrinceofPeace Easter campaign put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The campaign will focus on different principles of peace offered through Jesus Christ. While the campaign focuses on the following 8 principles, we wanted to focus on COMPASSION on the blog. April 9 – Faith: Mark 5:36 April 10 -Compassion: Matthew 14:14 April 11 – Forgiveness: Luke 6:37 April 12 – Repentance: Isaiah 1:18 April 13 -Gratitude: John 11:41 April 14 -Scripture: Matthew 4:4 April 15 – Prayer: Matthew 21:22 April 16 – Hope: 1 Cor. 15:19, 22 So what does food storage have to do with compassion? Want to know a super common question…
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Deals to Meals gets a makeover!

Deals to Meals gets a makeover!

Recommended Products, Three Month Supply
If you've followed our blog for a long time, you may remember when we first introduced you to a service called Deals to Meals. We have used and recommended it as a way to stock up on groceries (specifically three month supply items) at discounted prices without having to clip coupons. We totally LOVE it! I've been enjoying it even more as I've been making a big effort to eat healthier and found it a struggle to stay within my grocery budget with my new eating plan. Well, Deals to Meals recently re-launched their blog (we are suckers for blog makeovers and theirs doesn't disappoint). And they are also going to be having a series of guest bloggers begin to contribute on the blog. Keep an eye out on the…
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LDS Church Preparedness Resources

LDS Church Preparedness Resources

Emergency Preparedness
Being prepared is not an uncommon practice among many religions. Being prepared goes back to biblical times (think Joseph and the famine). As many of you may know, the LDS church has been advocating for its members to build a food storage for many years. They have provided their members with different resources and recommendations. One of their resources we have used is their long-term storage recommendations they made based on a study to create our Long Term Food Storage Calculator. DID YOU KNOW... They have recently put out A TON of great resources, not only for their members but for anyone who is looking into getting more prepared. Today we wanted to walk you through some of the resources you might find helpful, and remind you of some of…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  GREEN CHILI PEPPERS

From Storage to Stovetop: GREEN CHILI PEPPERS

From Storage to Stovetop
In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Julie shares about her love of Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers and how easy they are to use in your everyday cooking. With a long shelf life and the ease of not having to chop fresh or the flexibility of not having to use a whole can for a few pieces ... these have become a staple in our kitchens. Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion 1/4 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 1- 4 oz can of green chili peppers 1/3 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 2 fresh green chili peppers Favorite Recipes Using Green Chili Peppers Vegetarian White Bean Soup Bacon and Green Chili Cornbread Cilantro-Lime Rice White Bean Chicken Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup Spicy Green Chili and Pinto Bean Soup…
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Upcoming Sun Oven Webinar

Upcoming Sun Oven Webinar

Powerless Cooking
Discover 13 ways to harness the power of the sun to be prepared and save money. The All-American Sun Oven is one of our very favorite powerless cooking tools. Learning to cook with the sun has helped us to be better prepared and baking outdoors has reduced our utility bills. We invited Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International to teach an interactive online seminar for our readers to show us all how we can use our Sun Ovens every day. Paul has devoted his life to sharing fundamental Sun Oven Cooking techniques with people all over the world. Register now to join us for this FREE educational webinar where you will discover: 13 ways the sun can be used year around to give you the peace of mind of knowing…
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From Storage to Stovetop:  BLACK BEANS

From Storage to Stovetop: BLACK BEANS

From Storage to Stovetop, Uncategorized
Today Jodi goes over a few different options you may have for black beans in your food storage. If you store canned beans you probably don't have a hard time with rotating them or knowing how to use them in your everyday cooking. However, for long term storage canned beans are not an ideal solution. They have a short shelf life so are more appropriate for keeping in your 3 month supply as opposed to being your entire supply of beans for a year. Even though we are specifically covering black beans here most of this would apply to pinto beans and navy beans as well. Bean Conversions 1 can of beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans 1/2 cup of dried beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked…
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