Archive | April, 2012

Tortellini Soup

26 Apr Tortellini Soup (1)

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So quick and easy!  Find out (in the notes section) which brand of tortellini was chosen by taste testers of a leading cooking magazine as the best tasting.  Hint…it’s food storage friendly!

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Rice Pudding

26 Apr Wonderoven Rice Pudding (1)

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My kids really love this rice pudding.  It’s made for dessert one night, eaten for breakfast the next day (if they can get away with it), and goes into their lunch bags as a treat for lunch.  It’s easy to make in the wonder oven, includes simple ingredients and even though the recipe doesn’t call for eggs (which is good for my food storage plan) it’s still thick and creamy.  Yum!

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Spanish Rice, two varieties

26 Apr Spanish Rice (19)

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traditional spanish rice

tomatillo pilaf

Forget the Rice-a-Roni.  These two wonder oven made rice dishes are just as easy to make and taste a whole lot better!  Left overs freeze well so you can even enjoy it later when it’s needed for a fast meal.  In using with your food storage plan, serve this with Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, Shredded Beef Taquitos, Tacos, Tamales or any other fiesta minded main dish.

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Skillet Penne with Sausage and Spinach

20 Apr Skillet Penne with Sausage and Spinach (1)

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This meal is a fast one to put together and everyone likes it!

It’s based off a favorite one dish meal, this time made over using  food storage ingredients.  The pine nuts are definitely optional, it’s good with or without them.

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Biscotti Cookies

20 Apr Biscotti Cookies (10)

This recipe comes from Pam Emick’s “Bread in a Bag – Book Two”.  For those who are new to the blog I had a chance to try out a recipe  from her first book and share it with everyone back in November over in this post.  In this latest book, you’ll find even more bread recipes bagged “pantry style” for convenience, but this time in addition to breads she’s also included a variety of muffin, wheat-free breads, sourdough, cracker and cookie recipes.  I love finding a book like this that’s figured everything out for me and made it easy to understand with step by step pictures.

So I was excited to try the biscotti cookie recipe she had in this latest book and wanted to see if it would also work in my sun oven.  They turned out just great!  Pam was kind enough to agree to let me post the recipe for you to try out too!  You’re going to love them!

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Beef Empanadas

18 Apr Beef Empanadas (36)

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Before we were married, my husband spent two years in Chile as a Mormon missionary where he enjoyed many an authentic empanada.  It’s funny because he’s pretty picky as we’ve since had them at restaurants, always quickly comparing them to the ones he remembers.  In fact, there’s only been one restaurant’s empanadas that he’s been happy with in all the places we’ve tried!

Considering myself up for a good challenge, I’ve been wanting to find an empanada recipe that would pass his test to make at home normally and w/ a few food storage substitutions be able to use in our food storage plan.  Well, this recipe worked!  He happily (even quietly) finished off a plate of four of these and said they were “good”, which for him is really quite a compliment.

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Raspberry Squares

18 Apr Raspberry Squares (1)

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Everyone loves these!

I like using my tart pan to make these in for how easy it is to remove them after baking and also because it will then also work in my sun oven to bake if wanted.  If you don’t have a tart pan you can line a pan with foil (in both directions) and after it’s baked just lift out the entire block to place on a cutting board to cut.

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