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  • Mountain House Review (Part 2): Stroganoff, Teriyaki, and Noodles and Chicken

    mh-classic-bucket Mountain House ReviewWhat’s an emergency? Most of us think of natural disasters: hurricanes, floods, earthquakes.

    But what about when mom is sick and dad isn’t around and five kids ages 3 to 13, most of whom have various dietary restrictions, need to be fed?

    That happened this week. Fortunately, during the last two weeks we’ve been trying meal pouches from the Mountain House® Classic Assortment (SKU: FC B395). The bucket contains 12 pouches of six different meals. Two pouches of Beef Stroganoff to the rescue.


    Beef Stroganoff

    “What’s Beef Stroganoff?” one of my children asked.

    “It’s ground beef and noodles,” I replied.

    beef-stroganoff Mountain House ReviewNotice I neglected to mention the traditional mushrooms and sour cream. I didn’t want them to run away from the table, screaming, before they’d tried it. Some of my children are incredibly picky. I have an autistic, 5-year-old son who, until last year, ate fewer than 10 foods. I also have a special needs 11-year-old who, at nearly every dinner, informs me that she’s “allergic” to everything on the table.

    She was the only one who didn’t try the Beef Stroganoff. Everyone else liked it. Though the rehydrated mushrooms were large enough to be obvious, they apparently looked enough like ground beef to fool the children. I later caught my 5-year-old sitting on the table next to the serving bowl, shoving stroganoff into his mouth with both hands.

    We liked the sauce’s flavor, probably because it was more cream-of-mushroom soup than sour cream. The mushrooms were not the least bit rubbery, which, frankly, surprised me considering their dehydrated-rehydrated status.

    However, the best part of the meal for me was its ease and speed. I’d been sick all day and wasn’t up to cooking. Two packets of Beef Stroganoff and a salad made a quick, healthy, tasty dinner that cost less than a trip to a fast food restaurant.


    Noodles and Chicken

    noodles-and-chicken Mountain House ReviewAn advantage of variety buckets like this one is that it allows family members to realize they actually enjoy food they normally wouldn’t try. My 9-year-old fruit hater discovered she loved the Granola with Blueberries and Milk. My 3-year-old little carnivore learned that the noodles in the Lasagna were as good as the meat. (You can find my review of those products here.)

    Occasionally, however, it means running across a food that one person loves but the rest don’t.

    I thought the Noodles and Chicken tasted great. The noodles were tender but not soggy, the chicken was flavorful and the sauce was thick and spiced perfectly.

    However, a few months ago, my children simultaneously decided they didn’t like chicken. (I wish they’d made that decision before I bought the 40-pound box of frozen chicken breasts, rather than after.)

    My 3-year-old was the only one who ate more than a bite. She asked for seconds. The rest asked for hot dogs.

    Food storage does no good if no one likes it. The nice thing about this Classic Meal Assortment bucket, and other food storage buckets, is it allows you to try many different entrées. Then, when you see what family members like, you can buy pouches or larger cans of their favorites. You’re not wasting food or money.


    Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

    chicken-teriyaki mountain house reviewI’ve discovered one way to get my kids to (occasionally) eat chicken: put it in Chinese-style recipes. I served one of the two Chicken Teriyaki with Rice pouches according to the package instructions. I made stuffed egg rolls using the other pouch. The children who didn’t like chicken ate the egg rolls, and the ones who didn’t like egg rolls ate the Chicken Teriyaki with rice. Success.


    Stuffed Chicken Teriyaki Egg Rolls


    1 package coleslaw mix


    3 cups shredded cabbage and

    ¼ cup grated carrot

    2 Tablespoons soy sauce

    2 Tablespoons water

    2 teaspoons ground ginger

    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    1/8-1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (you can get many varieties in supermarket spice sections, but the best is in Asian stores)

    Green onion to taste (optional)

    One pouch Mountain House Freeze Dried Teriyaki Chicken with Rice, prepared

    One package egg roll wrappers (You can find them in the produce section of grocery stores)

    Cooking oil spray



    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking oil spray.

    In a large saucepan or wok, sauté coleslaw mix or cabbage and carrots, and green onion, with 2 Tablespoons soy sauce and 2 Tablespoons water. Add ginger, garlic powder and Chinese 5-spice powder.

    Add Mountain House Freeze Dried Teriyaki Chicken with Rice, stirring to prevent burning. Remove pan from heat.

    Put about ¼-1/3 cup mixture into each egg roll wrapper. Roll according to directions on package. Place on cookie sheet.

    Spray the tops of egg rolls with cooking oil spray and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until lightly browned.

    Makes 12-18.


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  • Super Typhoon Haima Blasts the Philippines, Next Stop China

    fixing-a-house-after-haima-via-yahoo-news Super Typhoon Haima Filipinos cleaning up after Super Typhoon Haima - via Yahoo News

    Super Typhoon Haima (or Lawin, as it is known locally) tore through the Philippines on Wednesday with sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour. Haima was upgraded to super typhoon status just before it reached the northern part of the main island of Luzon. Over 10 million people were in Haima’s path, yet only seven people were killed. In comparison, Super typhoon Haiyan in 2013 killed more than 7,350 people. Haima is the second typhoon to hit the Philippines in a week, and the seventh Category 5 storm of 2016.

    The Philippines is now reeling from Haima’s effects, including flooding, mudslides, and power outages. The Philippines sees an average of 20 typhoons a year, but Haima certainly left its mark on the locals.

    “This is the strongest typhoon I have ever seen,” said one 60-year-old villager.

    Typhoon Haima is now on its way across the South China Sea towards South East China. Typhoon Sarika, which hit the Philippines a week ago, also dumped more than 10 inches of rain in parts of China as it passed. Already saturated with water, China expects more damage and flooding from Haima.

    haima-track-through-sunday-via-accuweather Super Typhoon Haima Typoon Haima's predicted path - via AccuWeather

    Typhoon Haima looks to weaken to a Category 2 storm by the time it reaches landfall on China’s shores on Friday, making it much less intense than the super typhoon it was as it blew through the Philippines. Still, severe flooding is expected, and “roads and bridges could become destroyed, isolating some communities,” according to AccuWeather.

    Haima shouldn’t post too much of a threat to Hong Kong, but will bring high risk further East. As far as Haima’s typhoon status is concerned, things should be winding down by the end of Sunday. The Pacific typhoon season goes through December, however most of the tropical cyclones occur between May and October, so things should start winding down for those affected in the Pacific.


    Hurricane_Blog_Banner Super Typhoon Haima

  • Typhoon Haima Makes Landfall in the Philippines

    typhoon-haima-via-noaa Typhoon Haima Typhoon Haima - Image via NOAA

    Typhoon Haima may have just recently lost its status as a super typhoon, but wind speeds are still careening at 140 mph and has just made landfall in the northern Philippines. Haima, one of the most powerful storm since Haiyan in 2013, Haima looks to add more destruction and flooding to the already soaked Philippines thanks to the recent Typhoon Sarika. Sarika made landfall just a few days previously.

    Fortunately, according to forecasters, Haima looks to be heading to less populated areas in Northern Luzon. That, and those up in the North deal with many typhoons each year, so they know what to expect.

    haima-track-via-accuweather Typhoon Haima Typhoon Haima's predicted track - via AccuWeather

    According to The Weather Network, a storm surge of up to 10 feet is expected, as well as more than a foot of rain over northern Luzon. It is expected to remain a violent storm as it nears China, and may also impact Hong Kong. The image to the right is Typhoon Haima’s predicted path through Sunday. While it will continue to dwindle in strength as it crosses the South China Sea, even a category 1 storm can be devastating.

    The Philippines is hammered by an average of 20 tropical storms each year. Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 killed more than 6,000 people. Because northern Luzon is less sparsely populated, it is hoped that casualties will be much lower, and damages less sever. However, being such a strong storm, there is still expected to be heavy damages.

    The Philippines Red Cross is already waiting to help those in need, along with other emergency agencies. There is not much news at the present as to how the storm is progressing as it makes landfall, but we will keep tabs on the situation as the storm progresses.


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