Food Storage Meats and a Delicious Meatballs Tetrazzini Recipe

Recipes
When you look at typical food storage calculators you'll notice that the main source of protein is in the legumes. For a long time Julie was a little "scared" of beans and just decided that she could store tuna and peanut butter and call it good for protein. (not really, but kind of). Since then, we have both learned to love beans and the MANY MANY uses they have and how healthy they are to use in your everyday cooking. We also have discovered that it is not too difficult to add REAL meats into your food storage. We actually did a post a while back all about incorporating meats into your food storage that can give you some ideas on how to do it that best suits you. Some…
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Strawberry Macaroons (Food Storage Cookies!)

Strawberry Macaroons (Food Storage Cookies!)

Fruit Recipes, Recipes
I have a confession to make. I'm in love with the Thrive Macaroon Cookie Mix. If you ever need a super fast and amazingly delicious treat to bring to an event, these are THE thing to make. It's a cookie mix and you just add water, scoop onto a cookie sheet and cook for fifteen minutes. EVERY time I bring these somewhere I get asked for the recipe and have to sheepishly admit they are from a can mix. I don't care though. They are so good that I always offer to bring the treat, just so I can have an excuse to make them. They are awesome to keep as a comfort food in your food storage, but we always eat through them faster than I can replenish! Today…
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Pizza Casserole (Food Storage Style)

Pasta Recipes
I don't know about you, but some days I just see the same recipes going around Facebook and/or Pinterest over and over again. It's like a conspiracy to try to get me to make something naughty. A couple of weeks ago this delicious looking pizza casserole was making the rounds: I thought it looked easy and yummy but I was missing a few of the ingredients for it ... so I decided to make an adventure of it and try making a food storage version. I have to say I was pretty thrilled with the results, and it was a winner with my kiddos. That doesn't often happen when I'm trying new recipes. So here is MY version of the pizza casserole. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 16 ounce package rotini pasta…
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Homemade Ranch Dip or Dressing

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As I'm getting ready to write this post today, I realized I've been on a kick to share my friend's recipes lately. Here are a few of them: Almond Thumbprint cookies Whole Grain Banana Muffins Greek Lentil Soup Sourdough Bread COMING SOON! Crazy Cake made healthy Our regular readers know I'm not the type to follow a recipe, so sharing my recipes has been really hard for me. I always get anxiety trying to come up with the exact measurements I use. Well the beauty behind sharing my friends' recipes is that I can share real measurements and I've tasted them so I know they are good. So this recipe is for a homemade ranch-like dip. This dip tasted so fresh and delicious. I'm a big fan of the recipe…
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Boxed Cake Mix Extender

Recipes
So today I'm going to tell you about a fun tradition I have going with my sister's kids. About 4 years ago my sister was making her son's first birthday cake. She was doing an Elmo cake for him. We were together, and she could tell it took everything in me not to leap over the counter and try to take over as she was decorating. I might be a little overbearing, I know. After trying to get Elmo's face done, she looked at me and said "Fine, you can do it". That is where the tradition started. Since then, she has let me make her kid's cakes, and I LOVE to do it. One of the sweetest parts of this tradition was when she told me she overheard her…
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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies – Without Raspberries?

Rice Recipes
A few weeks ago I was sitting in my family room, when the doorbell rang. My good friend had just tried out a new recipe and needed me to tell her if it turned out good or not. I'm ALWAYS willing to help a friend in need, so I tested a vegan, gluten free cookie she had just made. Now I'm not sure if it's because I've been off refined sugar for a long time, or if I was super hungry, but these cookies made me happy. Instantly. Fast forward a few days. I was babysitting my cute niece who told me she wanted cookies. How could I deny my cute little niece cookies? I remembered where my friend had told me she found the recipe and looked it up. I…
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Greek Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil Recipes
Something I love about where I live is that I have a lot of friends and neighbors interested in eating healthy, and willing to share ideas and recipes. My friend was telling me about a lentil soup she made, and I thought to myself... hmmm I have lentils...that I NEVER use...I should try this recipe. Well here's the thing about lentils. They are a quick cooking legume. Most legumes take a long time to cook, but lentils cook fast. Having said that, this recipe tells you to simmer for a couple hours. I am not sure why, but I do know that I have made it WITH the simmer and WITHOUT, and I prefer the simmer. It made it a little more mushy. For some reason, I'm okay with a…
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New Thrive Sauces (and Seasonings) – Oh My!

Recipes, Thrive Foods
You may have seen us mention on Facebook this week that we were able to attend the Shelf Reliance convention last weekend. It was super busy but way fun and we got a ton of information on changes in the company and NEW PRODUCTS! One of the biggest announcements is that they changed their name to THRIVE LIFE. We love the new name and how it emphasizes their Thrive Foods which are just fantastic products. THRIVE SAUCES I love love love the new Thrive sauces. They make it so simple to cook with your food storage without having to add in any additional ingredients from the grocery store. You can put together complete and delicious meals. I have tried similar sauce powders from other companies and never been completely thrilled…
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Fast and Easy Chicken Quinoa Soup

Recipes
A couple of weeks ago I asked you all on Facebook to vote for which recipe you wanted us to share next. The two options were: A quick Chicken Quinoa soup made in a pressure cooker -OR- A 9 grain pancake that used lots of food storage The soup won the vote, so here we are! I'll share the pancake one next :) I love to use my electric pressure cooker for quick meals, and a lot of different soups. In fact the electric pressure cooker is one of our favorite tools to use to rotate a LOT of of food storage items. If you want to see a lot of our favorite food storage tools, we shared them in a post here. I love to make this soup when…
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Thanksgiving Green Bean Food Storage Sneak (slight fail)

Recipes
Last week we did a Thanksgiving recap post. This year for Thanksgiving, Julie was at Jodi's house, but Jodi was at her in-laws so she wasn't there. Yes we're TRYING to confuse you. Today's post is brought to you by Julie (who married Jodi's brother) My assignment was a green bean casserole and rolls. Easy enough. I decided I would just make the recipe according to instructions and not try any healthy, food storage alterations. I didn't want to offend any of my in-laws. Well I made the recipe, according to instructions, but then I got worried there wouldn't be enough so I made a second batch the way I wanted to... It wouldn't have been a fail, if I hadn't broken the number 1 rule to sneaking food storage.…
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