Pantry-Made Falafels

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Although the name sounds exotic and quirky, falafels are simply fried balls or patties of mashed chickpeas/garbanzo beans. They are common in the Mediterranean and Middle East, either served as appetizers with hummus, tzatziki, and flatbread or stuffed into pita pockets with lettuce and tomato. Falafel patties also make excellent veggie-burgers!

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Dry Veggie Powder Mixes

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Condiments and seasonings go a long way towards adding variety and interest to your food storage, but buying commercial jars and mix packets can get really expensive and nibble away at your real food budget. I stumbled on this homemade version when I was figuring out new things to do with our dehydrated vegetables.  The huge bonus is that you can make your own custom dry mixes while using up any dehydrated veggies that aren’t family favorites or that you’ve discovered don’t reconstitute well. Dry mixes like these have a multitude of uses, limited only by your imagination. So far I’ve used them for chowder and soup bases, pesto, casseroles, omelets, salad dressing and dips.

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Creamy Millet and Turkey Salad

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Cooking from your pantry using food storage ingredients doesn’t mean you‘re limited to rice and beans. Most people are familiar with rice pilaf, but millet is a refreshing change of pace and is gluten-free, unlike couscous and bulgur. If you aren’t familiar with millet, you’ve probably seen it a million times without even realizing… it’s those tiny buff-colored beads in birdseed. Fear not, its people food, too! Today’s recipe is for a creamy millet “pilaf” and turkey salad, served warm or cool, that is sure to tempt your taste buds.

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Quick Pantry Clam Chowder

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Finding a good clam chowder recipe that uses only food storage ingredients was harder than you’d think it would be.  Finally, after many recipes tried, this was the best one (by far) that we tasted.  I’d happily serve this to company, so with that it’s earned a spot in my cookbook.

It’s adapted from the “Quick Pantry Clam Chowder” recipe found in March 1998’s Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  Not only is it a really fast (1o minute) meal to put together, as far as clam chowder goes it tastes just right.  Enjoy!

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Bourbon Chicken

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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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Lasagna Soup

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My family loves this soup — bets are on that yours will too!  It comes from a friend of a friend of mine, Shaina Nunnelly, who’s fun blog I enjoy and who’s subsequent cookbook is also a “normal food” favorite of mine.  Little did she know that this soup of hers would be re-made into a great food storage recipe!

serves 8-10

Prep time:  10 minutes or less

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