Here are some easy recipes for meals you can make from your stockpile!
With all of the natural disasters happening worldwide, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have a stockpile of food – especially of non-perishable items.
Ezra Taft Benson, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once said, “There is wisdom in having on hand a year’s supply of food, clothing, and fuel, if possible, and in being prepared to defend our families and our possessions and to take care of ourselves.” (Ezra Taft Benson – Prepare Ye – Ensign, Jan. 1974, 69)
He also said, “The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” (God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties (1975), 402.)
With those warnings in mind, you should begin now to work on your stockpile. Once you have a large stockpile of non-perishable foods, the next question is what to do with it! Every family has their go-to meals, but most of the time they are made from perishable items (eggs, milk, etc.).
Here are the different non-perishable items that we like to have on hand and will use in these recipes:
- spaghetti noodles
- bite-size pasta noodles (shells, elbow macaroni, etc.)
- top ramen
- canned corn, green beans, and other vegetables
- canned chili or chili beans
- canned seasoned beans
- canned stew
- canned clam chowder or other soup in a white sauce
- jars of pasta sauce
- cream of mushroom/chicken soup
- boxed mashed potatoes
- canned chicken
- canned tuna
- saltines or other crackers
(If you’re looking for ideas on how much you should pay for each of these items to stock up, see our Stock-up List HERE.)
In order to know how much you should get to make up a year’s supply of food for your family, find 7 meals (one for each night of the week) that your family might eat for dinner. Count out how much of each ingredient you would need for your family for each meal, then multiply that amount by 52 weeks. Bingo – a year’s supply of dinners! Then add in some cereal and oatmeal for breakfasts, and you’re good to go. In a true emergency situation, you would mostly likely either skip lunches or use leftovers from the day before.
Here are some of our favorite ways to mix and match the above items! The amounts we state are estimates based on what would feed our family of four, as well as our style of cooking (lighter on the sauce, etc.). We purposely kept them generic so you can experiment a bit to find out what works best for your family. Bon apetite!
*Note: as part of our stockpile, we regularly purchase discounted meat and cheese, and we then freeze it in a deep freezer. If you have a generator or your electricity has come back on, you can incorporate it into these meals!
1) Silly Chili Macaroni
Cook up about a pound of elbow macaroni noodles. Stir in 2-3 cans of chili or chili beans, as well as a can of corn. Add grated cheese, and it’s a high-protein, high-fiber version of macaroni and cheese! If you just have chili beans, you can add in some hamburger as well to make it a bit heartier.
2) Simply Chicken Noodle Soup
Cook up a few packs of ramen noodles. Add in canned chicken, as well as some canned vegetables (like peas, carrots, and corn) for an easy chicken noodle soup. Sometimes we do canned tuna instead of chicken to have a bit of variety.
3-4) Stew & Rice/Potatoes
Make boxed mashed potatoes or a pot of rice. Top with heated canned stew.
5) Rice & Beans
Make a pot of rice and stir in flavored beans. (We like to use seasoned black beans.) If you have any frozen ham or steak, it makes a great mix-in!
6) Simple Spaghetti
Cook spaghetti noodles and add in a jar of pasta sauce. If you have frozen hamburger or hot dogs, then add those in as well! One fun idea for hot dogs (especially if you have kids) is to thread the uncooked spaghetti noodles through hot dog slices and cook them together! We also try to get a large variety of flavored pasta sauces (meat, four cheese, etc.) when we stock up so that we feel like there is some variety.
7) Tuna Casserole
Cook up a pound of shell pasta noodles. Mix in a few cans of canned tuna, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, and up to a cup of water (or milk is better if you have it). You can throw in chopped onions if you have any, or we like to add canned peas. Stir all together and top with grated cheese (again, if you have any), and throw in the oven in a casserole dish (or heat up the ingredients individually if needed).
8) Tuna & Crackers
This is an easy one! Just open canned tuna, mix it with canned peas, and place it on saltines or other crackers (we prefer Triscuits). If you have mayonnaise, we mix it into the tuna as well to make a small tuna salad.
9) Chowder & Crackers
Warm up clam chowder (or whichever soup you stocked up on). Crumble saltines into the soup, or use the crackers as a spoon to scoop up the soup.
10) Shepherd’s Pie
Cook up boxed mashed potatoes. Mix in warmed cans of vegetables like corn and green beans, as well as a can of cream of mushroom soup. If you can, add in hamburger and top with grated cheese. Cook in the oven in a casserole dish (if possible).
Do you have any other meal ideas from non-perishable items that your family just loves? Please leave them in the comments below!