A friend spent the whole day in the hospital with her sick child… you’d love to bring her a meal but your cupboards are bare.
You planned on a great meal but time got away from you and… now you don’t have enough time for that meal. I wanted to share this tool  with you, so I took the lists, added in full-meal directions (for 50 different meals), and turned it all into an e-book. The meals you’ll find in this resource are generally healthy (while not following any particular eating plan like Paleo, vegetarian, etc.), family friendly, and budget friendly.
How much would this book be worth if it saved you just one meal from a restaurant because you used an idea that helped you avoid a meal time emergency? Or, how much would your peace of mind be worth if you knew you had something in the freezer in case a friend needs a meal? I can’t put a price on the latter, and I’m not even going to begin to charge you what you’d pay for one meal for a whole family at restaurant! Nope, I want you to have these whole-meal plans ready for you to use, equipping you to have the confidence you’re looking for. Beth is a full-time homeschooling mom who believes in offering support to wives and moms at all stations in life. STOCK YOUR PANTRY TO SURVIVE ANY DISASTERWhen a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. I love to cook special meals but hate to cook the mundane meals that are required day to day. 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. 2.    Beef Stroganoff – This is another family favorite that I make from time to time that happens to be a favorite of my son in particular. 3.    Easy Lemon Baked Chicken – We love this chicken, it has great flavor and it is a healthier alternative to all the beef but it does not take a great deal of time and effort to prepare. 4.    Crunchy Tacos – This has been a family favorite since I was a young person and it is still a big hit in our house. You can either shred a head of cabbage or use bagged cabbage that is pre-shredded and add the vinegar, salad oil, sugar, and salt. 5.    Sausage Pilaf – Here is a wonderful old recipe I got from my mother-in-law years ago that we still love today.
I hope that your family likes at least a couple of these recipes because these are such friendly week day or weekend recipes that will definitely not stress you out. I use this for preserving leftover freeze dried meat & veggies, because once their original packaging is opened they begin to decay & form bacteria. First I'll explain the variety of ingredients used in these recipes followed by what is used in each of the individual 6 recipes. THE INGREDIENTS All 6 instant meals use either brown rice, whole wheat cous cous, or pasta. Dried Parmesan cheese (not freshly grated) -- I stay away from this dried, canned cheese for home cooking, but fresh cheese isn't recommended for these instant dried meals.
From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. The Prepper’s Cookbook is an excellent resource and foundation that covers many topics of preparation. I was frustrated with having to eat out because my meal plan (or lack thereof) didn’t come through for me.

The challenge is not only making something healthy for your family but something they enjoy as well.
We usually have a loaf of French bread on hand and add a salad or vegetable to complete this meal.
I am not sure if it is just because he loves pasta of any kind or it is the combination but this is one he requests often.
I generally use fresh boneless chicken breasts or thighs but sometimes if I am in a pinch I always keep a sack of frozen chicken breasts on hand for just this purpose.
Beat egg, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce together in bowl big enough to dip the chicken breasts in. Of course it depends on your family and whether or not they like cabbage but I would suggest giving it a try especially if you like slaw. You can eat them just with the meat mixture and the cabbage or as we often do, spread sour cream on your shell first, add the meat, put a little shredded cheese on and then add the slaw.
Please give them at least one try and hopefully you will have a couple of new easy meals to put into your rotation. They are sturdy enough to tolerate boiling water, so you can mix and eat right out of the bag. They are healthy in terms of nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, and iron; but they aren't necessarily low in carbs, calories, or sodium. It's fine to use the regular dried version that may already be in your pantry; but if you don't mind the expense, you can't beat the flavor of the freeze dried variety. I did a lot of shopping around to find a flavor booster similar to boullion but without chemicals, MSG and mystery ingredients.
Once the can or packet is opened and exposed to moisture, it begins to decay and bacteria can form. I used freezer (not storage) quart Ziploc bags, because they are a thicker plastic and less likely to get holes.
If you use freezer bags, they are sturdy enough to pour the boiling water directly into the bag. The first time King-Man took these homemade instant meals backpacking, he mixed them with water in the bags as shown above. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site.
So I made a list of the circumstances I was finding myself in, and meals that would work in each. It is so often hard to accomplish both criteria especially when the some of the best and easiest meals are not so healthy. 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. Cook the steak in 1 tablespoon (more or less as needed) cooking oil in large skillet until brown.
I often add more vinegar and sugar and taste as I go along because my family likes things a little more vinegary and sugary. They taste surprisingly good (Let's face it, after a long day of backpacking, pretty much anything tastes good!), and they sure are convenient. One of the things I like about making my own instant meals is that I can use whole grains whenever possible--something missing from the store bought instant meals. The Vogue Cuisine brand uses real, natural, gluten-free ingredients and it does a lot to enhance the flavor of the 6 instant meal recipes. That's because King-Man prefers chicken over beef, and it was more economical to buy a big can of freeze-dried chicken rather than smaller packet portions for more meat variety.

It worked fine, but he thought it would be easier to to use a covered bowl for his next trip.
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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 often use turkey sausage but sometimes we splurge and use the regular smoked sausage links.
The amount of water varies, what you need to do is to drain off the juice in the tomatoes into a measuring cup. So, I set out to create some instant meals for King-Man that used prepared ingredients that were as healthy as possible. So, these meals are designed to provide nourishment for refueling; they're not necessarily for those concerned with weight loss to incorporate in a regular eating routine. To extend it's storage life, you can store any leftover freeze dried meat in the freezer for future use. Label each bag with the type of meal, how much boiling water to add, and how long to let the meal soak before eating. I recommend putting the bag on a plate or bowl to give it a foundation (and also as a safeguard in case your bag springs a leak). You’ll find at least twenty different step-by-step meal plans for each of six different dinnertime emergencies. 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.
At this point I slice up fresh lemon and place it on the tops of the breasts but this is optional.
Since the rice is one cup rice to two cups of water when you prepare it that is what you are aiming for. But, he likes the instant meals I created for him better, so I can't imagine we'll ever go back to the store-bought kind. It is so fine and "spiky" that the sharp pasta pieces may poke through the bag and make holes. I added the Chicken Base one to all of my instant recipes since I was already using freeze dried chicken meat, but the VegeBase is a tasty flavor enhancer if you prefer a vegetarian meal.
If you have a Foodsaver, vacuum sealing will extend the freezer shelf life for up to 1 year. Depending on the size of your breasts and thickness bake approximately 15 minutes and then turn over and bake 15 more minutes.
King-Man, normally a very picky eater (sigh), gave them all a thumbs up after a week-long backpacking trip in the Colorado Rockies. I divide the unused freeze-dried chicken into 1-2 cup portions before vacuum sealing it for future use. It was cold where he was hiking, so those features help keep the meal warm while the ingredients soaked in the hot water. Place a lid on it and cook like you would your rice for 20 minutes on low heat without lifting the lid or stirring.

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