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  • 6 Delicious Vegetarian-Style Recipes from Food Storage

    The Farmer’s Market Vegetable Combo gives you the flavors of ultra-fresh vegetables right in your food storage supply. These staple ingredients, along with others, are great for delicious side dishes or healthy, vegetarian-style meals. Check out what you can do with just a few vegetables.

    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

     This refreshing dish is great to eat for a light lunch or dinner

    This flavorful combination of crisp carrots, green peas, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, and more gives you a light and healthy lunch or dinner selection. Enjoy the refreshing flavor on a summer’s day outdoors or in the office.

    Fresh Farmer’s Salad

    This fresh vegetable salad gives you refreshing flavor using vegetables from the Farmer's Market Combo

    This fresh vegetable salad will brighten up your table using crisp broccoli, green beans, green peas, zucchini, and tomatoes tossed with a tangy oil and vinegar dressing.  This dish gives you a light meal great for lunchtime.

    For a variation, try making this salad into a Cobb Salad by adding Yoder’s Bacon.

    Hearty Strawberry Smoothie

     Try this delicious smoothie for a sweet, hearty way to start your morning

    For the lacto-ovo vegetarians (what most think of as basic vegetarians who avoid all meat but still eat eggs and dairy) out there, this sweet, addicting breakfast smoothie will give you the energy you need with fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains to keep you going all day long. This smoothie combines the unique, hearty texture of oats to complement the sweet flavor of fruits, giving you a one-of-a-kind dish.

    Broccoli and Green Beans

     This broccoli and green bean dish is a fantastic side to eat with practically any meal

    Bring a mouthwatering flavor to your table with this simple, yet tasty, side dish. Savory garlic and red pepper flakes combine with fresh-tasting green vegetables to bring you a crisp, flavorful dish that’s great to eat at home or to share with friends and family at a picnic or barbeque.

    Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

     Cheesy, saucey noodles stuffed with cottage cheese and vegetables give you a remarkable meal you won't forget.

    Make a flavorful gourmet meal for dinner tonight that’s sure to become a family favorite. Again, this is one is for lacto-ovo vegetarians who enjoy dairy. This meal can easily be made with or without meat. Spinach, an abundance of cheese, and a delicious tomato sauce will have you begging for more.

    For a variation, add Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles to the mix.

    Zucchini Corn Fritters

     This sweet and savory dish is a great way to welcome summer

    These fritters will have you rushing the table for the last one. The sweet, delicious flavor combined with fresh-tasting vegetables makes this a dish that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

    Do you have any favorite vegetarian recipes you’d like to share?

  • Celebrate Spring (or Pretend it's Spring) with Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    Spring has been a little hit and miss so far this year. Whether or not it’s Spring outside in your neck of the woods, you can enjoy a little Spring flavor. Just whip up this delicious Pasta Primavera made from 100% food storage ingredients.

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    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    *all ingredients measured dry



    Whisk one tablespoon broth and two tablespoons soup base into one cup hot water. Set aside.

    Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add one cup water, the carrot dices, onion flakes, and minced garlic. Simmer, adding more water as needed, until the carrots are almost tender. Reduce heat to medium. Add clarified butter, and sautee the veggies until the carrots are fully tender. Set aside.

    Meanwhile, start some water in a medium pot to boil for the pasta. Measure out all of the veggies you’ll add to your pasta (add the ones we’ve suggested, or come up with your own combo!) and set them aside in a single large bowl.

    Once the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta. While the pasta cooks, completely cover the veggies with warm water and let them rehydrate for 5-8 minutes (that’s about how long it will take the pasta to cook). Once the pasta is al dente, drain and set aside.

    Also drain the veggies, and sautee them with clarified butter until they are hot and some have browned. Put the veggies back in the large bowl, and add the carrot mixture and pasta to the bowl.

    Add 1/3 cup flour, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, and 2 T clarified butter to the skillet to make a thick roux (we used whole wheat flour, but just use what you have on hand). Add the chicken broth mixture to the roux until it's the consistency you would like for your sauce.

    Add the sauce to the bowl of pasta and veggies. Mix well to coat everything. Enjoy!

  • The Joy of Soy

    Beef Tacos

    Would you be interested in a meat substitute that not only was cost effective, but also healthy and tasted great? The answer is a product made from soybeans called Textured Vegetable Protein!

    Obviously, the long name may sound intimidating, but Textured Vegetable Protein is simply a meat substitute made from the soybean. Chances are you’ve already heard about this amazing bean and even recognize how many health foods are beginning to incorporate it into their products. But, you might not know that for many years this healthy bean has been used to make amazing meat substitutes. The soybean is first ground into flour which is then formed into any texture or size needed and flavored to make imitation bacon bits, ground beef, ham and even sausage and chicken!

    Sounds too good to be true? Well, chances are you have already tried Textured Vegetable Protein at one time or another. Most “bacon bits” used on salads and potatoes are made of this meat substitute and many convenience and fast foods use it as a meat extender. It is more economical than meat; in fact, even the cheapest cuts of meat may be more expensive than the average serving of Textured Vegetable Protein. It is significantly lower in fat than red meat and is a healthier fat as it is vegetable based. It is also lower in cholesterol, has fewer calories and provides your family with protein, fiber, vitamins and calcium!

    Now that you know a little more about this fascinating product it’s time to know why Textured Vegetable Protein is suited for food storage. First of all, Textured Vegetable Protein has a long shelf life. It is canned with an oxygen absorber and when properly stored can last over 5 years and after opening, if kept covered and cool, will remain on your shelf for up to 6 months. It only needs refrigeration after it is rehydrated, which makes it incredibly convenient for even everyday meals!

    Don’t want the mess and bother that comes with cooking real meat? Textured Vegetable Protein is easy to prepare. Simply simmer the dehydrated product in water for ten minutes and it is ready to go! There is no need to worry that your food storage budget will prevent you from making your family their favorite meat dishes. Not only can you use Textured Vegetable Protein as a meat substitute, it can also be used as a meat extender. Do you have only two pounds of ground beef and need three? Supplement with Textured Vegetable Protein! You don’t have to sacrifice taste for budget when you incorporate it into your food storage pantry. If you aren't exactly sure how you would use this meat substitute, consider these ideas. Sausage and Ham Textured Vegetable Protein is delicious in quiche and casseroles. Add it to gravy over biscuits or use it as a topping on pizza or in your scrambled eggs. Taco Textured Vegetable Protein can be used for all your Mexican meals like burritos, tacos, and Nachos. Lasagna, Chili, and Spaghetti will be simple to make with the Beef Textured Vegetable Protein. Use the Chicken Textured Vegetable Protein to make all your delicious casseroles, sandwiches and soups.

    Don’t waste another minute worrying about how to incorporate meat into your food storage menu. The answer is simple, Textured Vegetable Protein is economical, healthy and simple to prepare. It is a meat substitute that will help you see the joy of soy!

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