After a hard day of classes or during a long weekend, college students appreciate home cooked meals. But if your child can’t get home, give him or her food kits that are simple to prepare with mugs and microwaves. The mixes are easy to make and convenient to store in sealed baggies. Find tons of ideas on Pinterest or try these suggestions as you give your nostalgic child a taste of home.
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The ultimate comfort food, this Alfredo meal in a cup reminds kids of Sunday dinners and family conversations. It’s perfect for any time your child misses home and family.
In a small baggie, combine 1/3 cup broken angel hair pasta, 2 heaping tablespoons of Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce Mix, 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, 1/4 teaspoon Garlic & Herb Seasoning and a pinch of (Read More....)
I love to cook special meals but hate to cook the mundane meals that are required day to day. The challenge is not only making something healthy for your family but something they enjoy as well. It is so often hard to accomplish both criteria especially when the some of the best and easiest meals are not so healthy. My feelings on healthy meals is to try and make them as healthy as possible the majority of the time but from time to time you just have to rely on what tastes good and is quick and easy. I am going to share some of the quick and easy meals that I cook often and some that come up on occasion just for the pure pleasure of eating something yummy.
1. Goulash – This is a family recipe that has been passed down to me that continues to be a quick and reliable crowd pleasing meal. It is so very simple yet so tasty. I use ground chuck because we love the flavor and it does not even come close to the grease content that the plain ground beef has but it is totally your preference.
1 lb. ground chuck
1 small onion
1 8 – 10 oz package of macaroni or some form of pasta
1 to 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Chili Powder to Taste
Brown the meat and onion together in a large skillet and pour off the grease. While you are browning meat prepare the macaroni. Add a can or two (Read More....)
With the prices of food constantly rising, feeding your family gets more expensive every day. The trouble is that making homemade meals is often a chore we dread. Well, not anymore! Through the miracle of Pinterest, I have found some great recipes that are not only easy to make, but inexpensive as well. With healthy, affordable ingredients and simple preparation, these three dinner ideas should feed your family without breaking the bank.
1. Sour Cream Noodle Bake–I love this recipe! So simple and so tasty. Egg noodles make for great filler, and you can substitute ground turkey for hamburger with no problems. Nice and mild for picky eaters and a guaranteed family favorite. It is almost like a super easy lasagna, only cheaper.
2. Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole – I love adding beans to meals. It is such a cheap, healthy and nutritious way to fill everybody up. This recipe is very easy to put together and the taste is well worth it. I love spicy food myself, but you can change the recipe up to fit your family’s tastes. With shredded chicken, a little goes a long way. This is a great meal to make with leftover chicken from another recipe!
3. Million Dollar Spaghetti – The taste is worth a million dollars, though the price tag is super affordable! This yummy meal is filled with the best of dairy: cheddar, cream, and cottage (Read More....)
In this day and age, there is a pharmaceutical for everything. But that doesn't mean that some people wouldn't rather choose to go all natural. If you are a fan of all natural treatments, a healing herb garden may be just what you need. Planting a healing herb garden is simple, and there are a variety of plants out there to choose from. Here are six worth considering.
Basil will be a great addition to your healing herb garden. Basil is excellent for cooking and is useful for reducing fevers. Rubbing basil leaves on irritated skin may also give you some relief. The essential oils from basil have healing capabilities as well. These oils have been known to improve mood, relieve stress, and even focus concentration.
These yellow flowers are typically considered a nuisance to your lawn or your garden. Dandelions may be considered weeds, but they are powerful weeds. You may be surprised to know that dandelions are great for your digestive system. Whether you choose to drink some dandelion tea or toss some leaves in your salad, you will reap the many benefits of this weed. Dandelion petals are also full of nutritional value and can be quite tasty.
Another herb generally associated with cooking, b (Read More....)
Regardless of how many #10 cans of "just-add-water-ready-to-eat" stuff you have, at some point you're going to have to learn to use a kitchen in much the same way as your granny, or your great-granny, did. So we've put together this list of 38 essential kitchen items for any survivalist.
1. Matches - If you don't smoke, why on earth would you need matches? But if we're going to learn to cook like granny, for most of you that would include cooking on top of a wood heat stove, or on a wood cook stove with an oven. I know there are ways to start a fire with a magnifying glass, some straw and some kindling, but believe me, matches are easier. If you're really good at starting and keeping a fire throughout the 3 daily meals, you could use as little as 1 match a day. If you're not, 20 may not be enough. We have found that the most economical matches are book matches, like you get with a pack of cigarettes. They come in a box of 50 books, 20 matches per book, for about $1.50 in many stores. That's a lot of lights for cheap. Wooden kitchen matches go for about $3.50 for 250 matches. See the difference?
Preparing for emergency food storage can require as much thought as preparing for long term food storage. In fact the same type of planning is necessary but the items may be different. Each person’s needs must be addressed and planned for. A short term emergency usually means that things will be back to normal in a few days or hours.
Sometimes you can see the emergency coming, like in the case of a hurricane or a big winter storm, but most of the time an emergency situation happens suddenly and you won’t have time to get ready. The power will probably go out along with the water. Preparing for a few days of emergency food can be fun and you can prepare lots of the food yourself.
Dehydrating food is a fun and economical way to preserve the foods you eat every day. Fruits, vegetable, and even meat and fish can be dehydrated. It saves you money and you can dehydrate entire meals for emergencies. To begin you will need a food dehydrator.
A food dehydrator will cost between $50 and $300 dollars. Get one that is easy to use and has a few nice features.
- Adjustable temperature settings – Different foods need different temp (Read More....)
As a prepper, better food storage is something always worth looking out for. Even though the root cellar was overshadowed by the refrigerator, this certainly isn’t a confirmation of the refrigerator’s superiority over underground food storage. Sure, the refrigerator fits in your kitchen and features a sleek design, but the root cellar does the same job naturally.
Cellars are perfect for food storage, because the temperature is cool and the humidity can be controlled, no matter where you are on earth. Even in extreme environments (very cold or very hot), a root cellar will work to keep your food supply fresh.
Although root cellars can be expensive to build, for preppers, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Listed below are just a few reasons why taking your food supply underground may be beneficial.
1. If the electricity goes out, your food won’t have to be tossed out: Weather and energy emergencies that cut out electrical power for longer than four hours can leave your refrigerated food spoiled. This means that everything will have to be thrown away and replenished, once the power comes back on. A root cellar always stays at a constant temperature that is just above freezing, and unless it becomes flooded, keeps your food supply fresh and safe during most natural disasters and emergencies. (Read More....)
Storing food is something that everyone should know how to do. Even though it can seem like a huge hassle, it is actually very easy to do and can save you plenty of time and money in the future. Even people of college age can take advantage of food storage, without spending too much money up-front or taking up too much of their free time. Read on for a few pointers on the fundamentals for food storage as a college student:
1. Make extras of your favorite meals.
Instead of trying to figure out what type of food is best to store or which recipes you may want to try six months down the line and storing accordingly, try to just focus on storing the food that you love and that you eat most often. The next time you make a batch of your famous spaghetti sauce, make it a double and save half in the freezer. Or stock up on particular items that you like to use all the time. Fruits and vegetables can store in the freezer, as long as they are air-sealed, without out losing too many of their nutrients. If you keep a small stock of necessities on hand, you can cook more easily, without having to go shopping (and spend more money) every time.
2. Store to save prep time.
One of the best ways to use food storage is to take a bit of time to prepare small, inexpensive things ahead of time, to sav (Read More....)