With everything that is happening around the world right now, it’s important to have a stockpile of non-perishable foods ready just in case you need them. Once you have your food stored up, the next question is “what can I make out of all of this”? I have created a week’s worth of healthy dinners from your stockpile you can easily make out of your canned foods and non-perishable items.
What to Stockpile For An Emergency
- Spaghetti noodles or pasta
- Top ramen
- Canned vegetables
- Canned beans
- Canned Soup
- Pasta Sauce
- Boxed mashed potatoes
- Boxed Macaroni and cheese
- Canned chicken and tuna
- Saltines or other crackers
- Bag of lentils
- Frozen Vegetables
I would also like to say the list below isn’t everything you will need to have on hand in case of an emergency.
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Keep in mind, these recipes are very simple. When you are in a situation where you actually need to use your stockpile, you will not be worried about the best flavors and ingredients.
1) Chili Macaroni
When I make a big batch of chili, I like to make a pound of macaroni noodles to add to it. The easiest way to make chili with what you have in your stockpile is to add a few cans of beans and diced tomatoes together. Then add your chili seasoning and let that simmer. Once it’s ready, put some elbow pasta in the bottom of your bowl then add chili. I don’t mix it all together because I don’t want the noodles to get soggy if I have leftovers but that my personal preference. This is a high fiber and high protein meal that is cheap and simple to make.
2) Vegetable Soup
Add frozen or canned vegetables to vegetable or chicken stock and let simmer. You can add small pasta to it to make minestrone soup. Serve with crackers.
3) Shepards Pie
Cook up some instant mashed potatoes and put in the bottom of a casserole dish. Combine cooked veggies (frozen or canned) with cream of mushroom soup. You can add ground beef if you have it and top with cheese. Cook together in the oven.
4) Chicken And Rice
Boil a whole chicken in a big pot of water. Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove chicken from water (save the broth). Remove meat off bones and add back into the broth. Add rice and cook until rice is done.
5) Rice & Beans
Make a pot of rice and stir in your favorite beans. I like to use seasoned black beans.
6) Simple Spaghetti
Cook spaghetti noodles and add in a jar of pasta sauce. Super simple! You can add ground beef or even hot dogs if you want to make it more kid-friendly.
7) Tuna Casserole
Cook a pound of pasta shell or elbow pasta noodles. Add in few cans of canned tuna, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, a can of peas and up to cup milk (or water if that’s all you have). Add in the cooked pasta. Place mixture into a casserole dish and top with cheese. Cook until hot and cheese is melted. Top with Ritz cracker crumbles (optional)
8) Hearty Lentil Soup
In a large pot, sautee onions until golden brown. Add carrots and celery and cook until tender (if you have them.) If not, just skip this step. Add 1 1/4 cups of lentils, one can of crushed tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar, 4 cups of vegetable stock, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until ready. You can add more stock if needed to thin it out to make a soupy consistency.
If you have any leftovers, you can freeze it for another day or eat it for lunch the following day.
As a bonus, here are some ideas for breakfast and lunch using a few items in your stockpile.
- Pancake mix and syrup
- Bag of grits
- Box of instant oatmeal
- Cereal and boxed milk
- Canned soup and add rice or pasta to make it more filling and hearty
- PB&J Sandwich
- Tuna and crackers
- Top Ramen
- Boxed Macaroni and cheese with hotdog pieces.
We would love to hear from you! What are some simple meals you make out of your stockpile?