Today I’m adding my how to feed your family dinner after a disaster series. Are you sometimes asked this question, what’s for dinner? Well, I have some dinner ideas for you that we can all use if an unforeseen disaster happens in our neighborhood. I will admit I could eat Mexican food every day. I could eat salsa on everything, except pancakes. I really love salsa on just about every meal. I have a friend, Sandee, that gives me her homemade salsa every year. Two pints of “gold” I call it, and I savor every bite of that yummy spicy salsa. Next year, NOW that I have a gas stove, we will be canning some at my house…I can’t wait! I will share the recipe when I get my hands on it! Please get a butane stove with fuel: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
Let’s get started with a few ideas for some throw-together dinners in a pinch. Here again, we are assuming all the roads and highways are not available to drive on. Your local Emergency Broadcasting system has asked that you not leave your home for a day, week, or possibly weeks. Here’s the deal, not everyone can afford a huge pantry stocked to the ceiling with cases of #10 cans filled with dehydrated or freeze-dried foods. But, if we can at least have enough food in our home store in a pantry or under the bed we can sleep at night knowing we can feed our family. The first thing I suggest is to take your family to your local grocery store and let everyone choose some breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods that need only a can opener or you can rip the box open. Give them a budget and let them choose the foods they would eat after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.
Dinner Ideas-Number One:
This is one of my favorite dinner ideas because of the salsa, tacos, beans, black olives, and meat for my husband (can of chicken or roast beef) ready to spoon into a taco shell. Add some canned fruit like Mandarin oranges or canned peaches and dinner is ready if you had to you could eat this dinner cold. Hot would be better. A butane stove with some extra cans of butane stored would be an awesome Christmas gift. Just saying…
Dinner Ideas-Number Two:
These Augason Farm soup bases are great to have in your food storage stash. They are pretty inexpensive (approximately $15.00) at your local Walmart. All you do is add water and stir in some dehydrated vegetables and some canned chicken…dinner is ready in no time. These two soup bases are great with just about any freeze-dried, dehydrated, or canned, vegetables you have in the pantry. Heat it up on your gas stove if you still have gas available in your home. Or again, get a butane stove. They work great indoors. If you have a Dutch Oven and some charcoal cook your soup outside.
Dinner Ideas-Number Three:
Here again, the OXO plastic containers have the freeze-dried onions, carrots, and celery I use all the time. I like the smaller packages they sell online. I can make bean soup with these veggies added and some canned chicken. Gather up some canned fruit to make a fruit medley in a bowl. Woohoo, another dinner!
Dinner Ideas-Number Four:
This is a really easy dinner as you boil some spaghetti and add some freeze-dried meat (or for me no meat) and smother it with spaghetti sauce. I keep a few jars on hand as well as tomato flakes and tomato paste to make my own sauce. If I need to cook dinner for a crowd after a disaster I can guarantee you I can cook a mean spaghetti for dozens. I have frozen meatballs in the freezer too! My husband would want meatballs…yep, I can visualize the spaghetti meatballs rolling around in the sauce right now.
Please remember, the government can’t take care of all of us. We need to take care of ourselves. Please be prepared for the unexpected today, not tomorrow. May God bless you for your efforts.
P.S. Don’t forget all the spices you can add to spice up your dinners!