Saturday, August 28, 2010

Recipes Using Grains

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It's the end of the month and I hope you were all able to complete this month's goals of grains, school supplies and recipes containing grains. I thought I would share some recipes with you that use the ingredients from our goals this month. I am always on the lookout for new recipes and I found all of these recipes at All Recipes has a way to search the recipes by a certain ingredient at the top of their home page. I found all of these recipes by typing in the ingredient word like cornmeal, and pasta and then rice, and every recipe with those ingredients were found. (there are a lot!) These are the recipes that I found and thought would work good with food storage.

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Low-Fat Alfredo Sauce

 8oz Fettuccine pasta cooked
1 C milk
2 T flour
1 C cottage cheese (I use low fat)
1/2 t garlic powder
3 t minced onion
salt and pepper
1/2 C Parmesan cheese

2 C cooked, diced chicken

In a food processor blend all but the chicken and pasta. Heat sauce in pan and add chicken and pasta. This recipe is a great base recipe and you can add many other spices to fit your taste buds. The sauce also doesn't get as creamy as real Alfredo sauce since it is a lighter version.

Berry Cornmeal Muffins
1 1/4 C flour

1/2 C cornmeal
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 t salt
1 T baking powder
1 C milk
1/2 C butter melted (can substitute 1/2 C white bean puree)
1 egg
1 C berries (frozen, fresh, or dehydrated)

Mix all ingredients together. If you use frozen berries you will need to dredge the berries in the flour so they don't bleed while cooking. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Let the muffins sit for 10 minutes before taking them out of the pan.

Salsa Chicken and Rice
1lb chicken cubed
taco seasoning
1 T oil
1/4 t salt and pepper
1 can chicken broth
1 8oz jar salsa (any hotness you prefer)
2 C instant rice
8oz shredded cheddar

Dip the diced chicken into the taco seasoning and brown in the oil, salt, and pepper until juices run clear. Add the broth, salsa, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and add rice. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover. Let sit 5 minutes.
(I use regular rice so I let it simmer longer and I also add 1 can of black beans and 1 can of corn. I serve this with tortillas and sometimes with tortilla chips)
August Goals:

GRAINS: 300lbs per person per year (that is a minimum amount) We added oats in Feb. and wheat in June so in Aug. we are adding pasta, rice, cereals, corn (cornmeal), and granola bars (they happen to be on sale in Aug. for school time).

cereal: 10 boxes per person per year
cornmeal: 10lbs per person per year
pasta: 40lbs per person per year
rice: 40lbs per person per year

**Remember that the amounts are only recommended amounts and you need to store what your family will use.

Non-Food Goal: Purchase school supplies to have on hand. Having extra scissors, paper, and pens will come in handy.

This month you will need to collect RECIPES that use pasta, rice, cornmeal, wheat, and oats. Keep the recipes in a box or notebook and try them out before you decided they are a keeper. This is also a great way to rotate and use your food storage.

Enjoy the journey!
Enjoy the blessings!
Feel the peace!

On a side note: I found the funniest post on why you should have a Mormon friend-Hoarder Edition. Click HERE to read the funny post. It is food storage related and lets us laugh at ourselves. :)

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