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Chicken Riggies

18 Apr Chicken Riggies (13)

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Forgive me if I’d never heard of “riggies” before, but apparently those of you in Utica, New York have where this dish even has it’s own festival!

This particular recipe is based off a Cook’s Country take on it.  (Btw, I’m guessing the name “riggies” is short for rigatoni?)  Anyway, thanks be to the “riggies”!  It cooperates perfectly as a shelf stable meal and makes a very flavorful dish.

Serves 6-8

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Sopa Seca (Mexican Noodle Casserole)

11 Apr Sopa Seca (12)

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I love this dish!  The spices are nicely balanced, not too spicy but a “just right” Mexican flavor that everyone likes.  Together with the noodles (a Mexican vermicelli), the chicken and some cheese; it all combines to make a great meal, food storage or not!

Serves 8-10

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BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

24 Mar BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas (1)

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full recipe as shared here==>bbq chicken and pineapple quesadilla

insert your own favorite tortilla recipe ==>bbq quesadillas

tortilla recipe alone==>flour tortillas #2

 

 

Time to jazz things up with a little something different!  There’s not much to say about the quesadillas themselves outside of “they’re good” (you got that, right?), but as for the new flour tortilla recipe I feel like I need to confess to someone.  I’ve been pulled to the dark side of ingredients… thanks to Pioneer Woman’s tortilla recipe.

These tortillas turned out really good.  They were easy to roll out (a lot easier than my last flour tortillas) and they’re soft, just like the fresh ones found at the grocery store.  Well, okay…maybe not where you live but here in Texas we have this awesome grocery store called HEB, they have the best fresh flour tortillas; miles and miles better than the packaged ones on the shelves. Those are what I’m talking about (which, most likely, are made with the very same ingredients).  So back to my confession.  The tortillas turned out great but the secret is the fat they’re made with.  We’ll call it “the fat that shall not be named”.  What to do, what to do…now that my family has tasted these tortillas I find myself in a “wanna-be-a-healthy-mom” vs. “it really tastes good” quandary.

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Mexican Tortilla Lasagna

14 Mar Mexican Tortilla Lasagna (27)

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Many crock pot recipes work well in a wonder oven and this former crock pot recipe does exactly that.  It follows the same idea as Wonder Oven Lasagna that I posted a year ago, if any of you remember.   Also, if you don’t have a wonder oven, don’t worry, it can still be baked (the changes are in the notes section).

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Curried Coconut Chicken

3 Mar Curried Coconut Chicken (20)

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This is a fantastic recipe!  It’s easy to make (since most of it’s ingredients are shelf stable in the first place) so it works as a food storage meal without a problem.   It was adapted from this Curried Coconut Chicken recipe from Allrecipes.

Due to it’s extended simmering time, it’s perfectly suited for cooking in a Wonder oven or thermal cooker.  On the other hand, it really isn’t reasonable to make (as far as fuel storage goes) without one.  Also, as a side note, we prefer the stewed tomatoes coarsely pureed rather than left in chunks, (that’s the way I’ve made it here) but you can make it any way you want to.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

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Easy and fast!  This recipe is basically a chicken version of tuna noodle casserole (found here) adapted to be a food storage meal.  Since my family isn’t too crazy about tuna I was excited to try this recipe made with chicken; it turned out well and everyone liked it!

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Chicken Burgers

2 May Chicken Burgers (31)

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I began this recipe (originally from Food Network) encouraged by the great reviews but still a bit hesitant.  If it worked like it said it did with ground white meat chicken, ground canned chicken should work too.  Still though the chicken mixture itself, as warned in the original recipe, was really wet and I worried whether it would hold together.  “Forge ahead” the first recipe said. I did and canned chicken or not, it worked!  The only “food storage” adjustment I had to make in cooking was to keep the patties thin since the ending texture was better that way.  To go along with them I found a new homemade bun recipe that everyone liked.

These burgers were a {HUGE} hit, right up there with pizza for how “normal food” tasting they were.  I’m excited to try other ideas by which to build on them!

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Bourbon Chicken

18 Jan Bourbon Chicken (2)

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The great thing about this recipe as a long term food storage meal is how fast and easy it is.  By the time the rice is cooked it’s ready to go!

Funny thing, while preparing this post I was trying to find the blog I found this recipe on once upon a time (without luck) when I came across the exact same sauce recipe on food.com.  Apparently it’s a popular one out there!  As a normal meal (or stored in your 3 month supply) you might choose to make it using frozen chicken and in that case you can check the recipe in the link …either way I think you’ll enjoy this simple meal.

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Creamy Chicken Parmesan

11 Jan Creamy Chicken Parmesan (1)

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Today’s recipe is another that was inspired by Karen at www.kneadfulthingsnow.com and highly successful at our dinner table.  Enjoy!

Note:  This recipe makes a hearty 8 – 10 servings.  In my food storage plan I plan for leftovers on purpose (to use for lunch the next day) but depending on your family size you might want to cut it in half.

Prep time:  15-20 minutes

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Chicken and Veggie Filled Biscuits

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If you’re looking for a meal to please the kids (or anyone else for that matter) this is definitely a recipe to try.  It comes from the book “The Everyday Gourmet” and it’s great!  For the biscuit recipe, rather than using a mix, I use the “Backcountry Biscuits” recipe from the same book and it works out perfectly while also helping to rotate some of the long term ingredients I store.

Makes 12 biscuits

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Bayou Chicken Pasta

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Oh, you’re going to love this one!  This is my food storage version of Emeril’s “Bayou Chicken Pasta” (original recipe found here).   It’s fabulous!!  The flavors in it are wonderful.  Think of it as linguine alfredo with a “kick”!

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Chicken Stuffed Shells

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This meal is easy to make and the kids love it!

serves 8

Prep time:  15 minutes

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Arroz con Pollo

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There are many variations on this dish.  If you already have a favorite Arroz con Pollo recipe chances are it can be turned into a food storage meal!  I chose this one, inspired by Chef Brad’s “Those Wonderful Grains II”, because it includes two grains that I store, quinoa and millet.  Also, mustering up my courage, I finally decided to give whole canned chicken it’s day in court.  I’ve been wondering for a while what this product was like — after trying it everyone here agreed, it really wasn’t bad!

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Italian Chicken

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This is a popular pantry meal at our table.   It comes from the book “100 – day Pantry” by Jan Jackson.  Since I can’t seem to leave well enough alone I twiddled with it, so the recipe here is different from the original recipe.  I doubled the amount of pasta it called for (it’s easier that way — all I have to do is buy a box of pasta, no measurement involved) and also I used all of the canned juices (rather than draining them) to cook the pasta.  It’s a quick meal requiring hardly any work!

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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I’m loving anything mexican this week and this dish is as good as it gets!  Seeing this recipe at www.kneadfulthingsnow.com gave me hope that this white enchilada favorite our family has loved for so long could be made over into a great 100% food storage meal!  If you’ve never had this before I can almost guarantee you’ll love it.  I’ve changed up some things since the last time I made it as a long term meal.  In my search for the perfect 100% white flour tortilla, I tried a new tortilla recipe that I found over at Allrecipes.  I’m excited to report that I honestly think it’s the best one I’ve made yet– these tortillas are even better than the ones you buy at the store– not oily,  just soft and delicious!  Secondly, instead of using freeze dried cheese I tried a canned Kraft variety that can be shredded and then I just added it into the sauce.  It turned out wonderful — I hope you enjoy it too!

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Chicken Cacciatore with Herbed Polenta

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This show stopping recipe is shared with permission from Karen at www.kneadfulthingsnow.com.  Love it!!

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Chicken Stove Top Dressing Casserole

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This is a family favorite recipe that can be made shelf stable by using freeze dried celery and onions instead of fresh and canned butter for the stuffing.  I love the water chestnuts in it — they add a texture variation  that you don’t often find in food storage recipes.   Because I prefer the taste of making the dressing from scratch rather than using Stove Top, that’s what I’ve done here (the recipe for that is below in the notes).

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Let’s get cooking! (*Chicken Pot Pie)

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It’s August!

As promised, I’ve donned my apron and I’m excited to get to cooking my “Best of” food storage recipes!  My goal is to get these recipes prepared and posted just as quickly as I can so that you can move on to choosing which ones are going to be keepers in your book.  On top of Main Meal recipes, I’ll also be posting my family’s favorite 100% food storage Breakfasts  as well as our favorite Breads, Snacks and Desserts!  My kiddos are going to be happy and well fed.

To get this done within the time frame I’m going for I’m going to have a busy schedule to keep!  For the next 7 – 8 months, I’m just telling you now, you won’t want to miss a single thing!!  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to SUBSCRIBE (it’s free!) so that you can be notified by email just as soon as the newest recipe pops up.  I’ve also started a facebook page and will be posting the recipes there as well.

Now…let’s crack open the cookbook and get started!

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Chicken Pot Pie

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6-8 servings

Recipe courtesy of www.kneadfulthingsnow.com

Okay, so I was feeling a little bit daring today.  My new sun oven was delivered while I was away on vacation and I just had to try out using it!  I’m excited to get to add this recipe to my “tested and tried” sun oven meals if the power is out.

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