SOUP SEASON RECIPE ROUND-UP

Fall… the weather is cooling and it’s the perfect time for SOUPS. Soups are one of my go-to meals in the fall. They are often times nutritious, hearty, and filling. The best is when you can use your food storage items in soups. I use freeze-dried vegetables a LOT in my soups because it takes out the washing, peeling, cutting steps. Here are some of our favorite soup recipes on the blog and from around the web. ENJOY!

Soup Season Recipe Round-Up

Favorites from our blog

Here are some soups we have shared on the blog over the past few years. These all use food storage and are soups our families eat regularly.

Fast and Easy Quinoa Chicken Soup
Greek Lentil Soup
Creamy Potato Soup (with a fat-free version)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (freezes well)
16 Bean Soup
Salsa, Chicken and Black Bean Soup
Chicken Tortellini Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
12 Bean Soup
Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup
Chicken Barley Chili

Favorites from around the web

We asked on facebook for you to share some of your favorite soups and here were some of them. Click here to see the thread of all the ones you shared. There were some of you that shared the recipe right on facebook so we couldn’t link to them all.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Italian Wedding Soup
Paula Dean Chicken Noodle
Goulash Soup
Loaded Vegetable Soup
Our Best Bites: White Chicken Chili
Pioneer Woman: Black Bean Soup

What are some of your favorite soups? Share in the comments your favorite go-to soup recipes.


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Soup Season Recipe Round-Up

BREAD: No Grinding, No Kneading, No Electricity, No Problem!

During our annual 7 Day Challenge last month one of the days we were practicing living without electricity and had to make bread. I knew I had a busy day ahead of me but I still wanted to accomplish the task, so I decided to try an experiment. I researched some no knead bread recipes and found that most of them depended on cooking at a high temperature in order to achieve a thick, crunchy “artisan” crust. I decided to tweak a few of these and make them my own and cook it in the Sun Oven. So here is how it went!

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No Knead Bread Recipe

Ingredients:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon instant or rapid rise yeast
1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups cool tap water

Directions:

Stir together all ingredients with a fork in large bowl. It will be very sticky.
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Let stand covered in Saran Wrap for 12-18 hours. It will get very large!
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Use a spatula or bread scraper and remove from bowl onto a floured surface. Shape into a large ball with floured hands. Place on wax paper and let stand for 30 minutes.
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Place a 3 quart pot into an All-American Sun Oven while the oven warms up. If you don’t have a sun oven you can make an inexpensive cardboard box oven that will work with charcoal. Light the charcoal and let the pot pre-heat in there as well.

Bring the pot inside and place the wax paper and dough right in the pot, put the lid on and place back outside in the sun oven.
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Cook for about an hour and a half or until done. If cooking in a cardboard box or regular oven bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes with the lid on, and then 15 minutes with the lid off.
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The bread won’t get that dark crusty look like a traditional artisan loaf if baked in the Sun Oven but it is a great consistency with a thin crispy-ish crust. So delicious!
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7 Day Challenge 2014 Recap

We are so glad to be through this year’s 7 Day Challenge. It is such a fantastic learning experience every year but it sure is exhausting! We appreciate everyone who joined in the fun and participated whether it was through actually practicing the scenarios each day, or thinking through them and still discussing on facebook or on the blog comments.

DAILY SUMMARIES

Day 1: Natural Disaster – “Ice Storm”

Day 2: Economic Crisis – “Utilities Disrupted”

Day 3: Terrorist Attack- “Time to Bug-Out”

Day 4: Pending Crisis – “Prep Day”

Day 5: Pandemic Strikes – “Ebola Virus”

Day 6: Dietary Limitations – “Eating Grains And Legumes”

Day 7: Everyday Emergency – “Recipe Organization”

National Preparedness Month Sales and Events

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September is National Preparedness Month and many great food storage and preparedness companies put on some great deals to celebrate. We’ve done a round-up of all of the sales going on this month and wanted to share them with you!

Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

Our 3-part eBook series is a comprehensive guide to building your food storage using simple checklists to guide you along the way. Included in the series is a recipe eBook and a food storage encyclopedia full of useful information. On sale for just $17 (regularly $24) through September 30th! Click here for details.

Prepare My Life Planners: ON SALE

The Prepare My Life Planner is one of the top-selling products in our online store. It is a family preparedness plan and emergency binder all in one. With custom pouches for documents and instructions to walk you through how to put it all together, this is an invaluable tool. On sale for just $109 (regularly $119) through September 30th. Click here for details.

NutriMill Grain Mill: PRICE DISCOUNTED

One of the top-selling electric wheat grinders, NutriMill has dropped their price down to $219.99 while supplies last. This is the lowest price you can get one of our favorite preparedness tools, so don’t miss out. Click here for details.

All-American Sun Oven: FREE ACCESSORIES

Being able to cook using the sun as your fuel is so valuable in emergency situations. The All-American Sun Oven is a great tool for everyday energy savings as well as emergency usage when the power is out. Through October 31st you can get two free stackable pots with the purchase of a Sun Oven. Click here for details.

Emergency Essentials: LOWEST MONTHLY SPECIALS

This month Emergency Essentials is holding their largest monthly sale ever. You can save up to 66% on some of their best-selling items. No coupon code required, just shop and save. Click here to shop at Emergency Essentials.

Thrive Life: SHELVES, EPREP PRODUCTS, FOOD ON SALE

To celebrate National Preparedness Month, Thrive Life has put some of their emergency preparedness and SHELVING products on sale. We love when shelves are discounted! There are also some great breakfast items featured in the regular monthly specials.

Utah Prepare Conference and Expo

If you are in the Salt Lake area we highly recommend attending the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo this Saturday, September 27 at the South Towne Expo Center. We will be teaching a powerless cooking class there and would love to say hi to any of our readers who attend. There should be a lot of great classes as well is a big exhibit hall full of awesome preparedness companies. Don’t miss out! Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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One of your family members or dear friends has asked for some help with collecting recipes that utilize food storage. You have lots of recipes pinned or bookmarked, lots of cookbooks, recipe cards, etc. but it’s all a little scattered and hard to “pass off” to someone. Today you will get ORGANIZED and come up with (or update) a system to have all your recipes converted to food storage, printed (in case of a power outage), and duplicatable for family and friends.
Goal: Organize your food storage recipes!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Analyze your food storage recipe system, decide if you want to update it or come up with a new system (online systems are great but you ALSO need a paper/printed version) — see resources below for ideas
  • Look at your family favorite recipes, make notes on your recipe cards or printed sheets on how you would convert each recipe to be food storage friendly (or all shelf stable) — see resources below for help
  • Go to all your pinned and bookmarked recipes online and get them typed up or written down using your new (or updated) recipe system
  • Go through your favorite cookbooks (food storage or regular) and copy out your favorite recipes (converting them to food storage friendly if necessary). Add them to your recipe system.
  • Make a copy of your completely updated/added/improved recipe system (either print it if you input your recipes online, or photocopy if you have hand-written cards) and give it to someone who will love and use it to be more prepared

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a description of the recipe system you are using and what you did today to update it.

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once you have completed the above tasks, your limitations are REMOVED. ENJOY!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a gluten-free version of your recipe system for a loved-one with allergies
  • Make a 30 day meal plan using your recipes and calculate if you have enough of your stored foods to be able to repeat that 12 times (for a year’s supply)

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU SURVIVED THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE 2014!

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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A few months ago you experienced a job loss and have been eating through your food storage. You have used up your regular three month supply foods and are down to mostly grains and legumes. You had stock-piled a lot of the basics since they have a long shelf life but haven’t gotten accustomed to using them in your daily cooking.
Goal: To practice using grains and legumes that you have in your food storage

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook something using a grain you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something using a legume you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something with a food you have stored that you have never tried using before (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something yummy you cooked today. Share the recipe too if you can!

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You have eaten through your fridge and freezer foods and haven’t had the money to replenish. So make all your meals using only pantry or shelf stable items.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Use only foods today from the standard food storage calculators all day
  • You missed paying your electric bill and you have been cut off from power as well. Cook without power today.

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There have been several case of the ebola virus in your city. Everyone has been placed on a mandatory quarantine in their homes until the disease is neutralized.
Goal: To practice “bugging in” and assess first aid supplies

Today’s Tasks:

  • All family members stay indoors in your own home all day today
  • One of your family members is feeling sick, prepare a comfort food for them
  • Do some research on the ebola virus and how you can be better prepared for an outbreak (see links in the resources section below)
  • Do an inventory of your home medical supplies. Add items to your daily worksheet that you need to purchase (see resources below for a comprehensive kit detailed out)
  • Print out instructions on how to do perform basic first aid tasks if you don’t have a good manual in your home

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or detailed description of your first aid kit, shelf, cupboard, etc. We would love to see what everyone is doing to be prepared on this topic as it’s soooo important.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You can’t leave your house at all (if you are going to church that is the only exception!)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Purchase some first aid books or manuals to keep on hand as a reference when the internet is not available
  • As an extra precaution have your family wear n95 face masks all day
  • Learn more about holistic approaches to medicine including essential oils (check out this post as a starting point)

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (SATURDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There are severe weather conditions in your area. A huge storm is expected to hit tomorrow and you have 24 hours to prepare for it. It is expected you will be without power and water for a few weeks after the storm comes through. Your house should survive the storm so no need to evacuate. Today is your day to get ready. You ARE allowed to go to stores today and take care of gathering last minute items that aren’t in your storage.
Goal: Tie up loose ends in your food storage and emergency preparedness plans

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a plan with your family of all the tasks you will need to accomplish today. This post may help you in your game plan
  • Review your Master Worksheets you have been filling out this week. Start working down the list of items to buy, do, and learn. Write down due dates for any tasks that you don’t accomplish today.
  • Attack the tasks that will be difficult to do when the storm hits: Laundry and cleaning, fill cars with gas, fill water containers (fill a water-bob if you have one and can keep little ones away from the tub), locate flashlights and batteries)
  • Review your three month supply inventory sheet and stock up on anything you are low on
  • Stock up on fuel, batteries, candles, water bottles, first aid supplies, etc. that you may need in the coming weeks
  • Make a plan for using up your fridge/freezer foods quickly

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of everything you got accomplished today. It’s time to BRAG!

Today’s Limitations:

  • No limitations today – we want you to have complete freedom to REALLY get things done today. Consider today a work day!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Since you are planning not to have power for the next few weeks, prepare meal-in-a-jars or a menu for 2 weeks of shelf stable foods you can cook
  • Review your long-term food storage inventory and replenish anything you are short on
  • Put together several 72 hour kits of food and water for close friends or neighbors who may come to you for help

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There is a terrorist group that is striking cities across the nation. Your city is at high risk. They are releasing bombs as well as deadly diseases so it isn’t safe to stay in your home. Evacuate your home not knowing if you will return or if your house will still be standing when you do. You can return tomorrow morning if nothing happened.
Goal: Practice for a long-term evacuation situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • You have ONE HOUR to get ready to leave. You can start the clock now or wait until your whole family is home from school, work, etc.
  • Evacuate your house with as many supplies/sentimental items as can fit in your vehicles.
  • Camp out for the night with your whole family using only supplies that you had in your disaster kits.
  • While you are out, evaluate your evacuation plan and grab list, is there anything you wish you would have brought?
  • Take an inventory of what you brought with you, how long could you survive?
  • FILL OUT YOUR DAILY REPORT CARD TODAY – This will be important later this week!

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of your loaded vehicle or of your family “bugging out” today.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Even if you can’t camp “out” for the entire day/night, only eat the foods out of your 72 hour kit

Advanced Tasks:

  • Stay gone for at least 24 hours
  • You only have 10 minutes to evacuate instead of an hour
  • Your car is out of gas and you have to evacuate on foot

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!

7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Your state has undergone a complete financial meltdown. For now, electricity is still running but public water services have been shut down temporarily until a resolution can be determined. It may take a few days before a stop-gap measure can be put into place to restore service.
Goal: Practice living with no running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off your main water line in case it is not purified when services are restored (review this post if you don’t know how)
  • If you have any empty water containers … you have ONE HOUR from the time you read this to go and fill them all up, then you can use them as a resource for today
  • Prepare all your meals without running water
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today
  • Find the nearest source of fresh water to your home, bring some home and purify it to conserve some of the water you have stored
  • Do a load of laundry … without running water!
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – This will be important later this week!

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences on what you think was the hardest task for you.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use running water at all, make sure to do task #1 to keep from accidentally turning it on.
  • You can’t flush toilets unless you use up your precious stored water.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Sewage plants have been shut down as well, no flushing toilets even if you use stored water
  • Assume services have been off for a while, you have used up all of the stored water in your home
  • Your car is in the shop and you must go collect water without a vehicle

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dailyworksheet

Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!