This recipe came from a friend when we were newlyweds and pinching our pennies. I felt like I could make it out of almost nothing, and although it isn’t very pretty, it tastes delicious! –Mellyn Continue reading
I tried off and on for years to make something we considered edible in the beans and rice category, and failed miserably every time. But when our family lived in Florida, a friend from the Dominican Republic came over and taught me to make her black beans and rice, along with a delicious chicken. Slowly, her recipe morphed into one that is totally shelf stable and our family loves it! –Mellyn Continue reading
Thick and tangy, this tomato-based beef stew has long been one of our family favorites. We often use potatoes in place of the barley, and our favorite way to serve it is in a bread bowl. It’s perfect for dipping and delicious before trick-or-treating with these parmesan cheese rolls or bowls. –Mellyn
I was introduced to this chowder as a missionary in Virginia. It’s hearty, tasty and quick to make. The corn gives it a slightly sweet flavor that the kids love! –Mellyn Continue reading
From Teresa J.
My friend, Teresa, first introduced me to this version of stone soup. She hosted a kids’ activity at her home where we read the book Stone Soup and then made our own soup using a combination of fresh and canned veggies the kids brought to share. Since then, my kids have enjoyed making stone soup on a regular basis. We simply chop up whatever veggies we have in the fridge and supplement with tomatoes and whatever else looks good from the pantry. I’ve adapted it below specifically for shelf-stable food storage, but it’s much tastier with fresh, in my opinion. –Mellyn
Potato soup may be the ultimate comfort food. This simple recipe is both easy and satisfying. –Mellyn Continue reading
Potato salad is one of my favorites (especially with baked beans!). I had some cooked lentils on hand when I was making this and decided to experiment. The result was great! And lentils are so good for you — they have the 3rd highest protein content of any legume or nut and are also high in iron, folate, fiber and Vitamin B1. In addition, they store well and cook fast compared to other legumes. Go lentils! –Mellyn
These are some of the easiest and tastiest scalloped potatoes ever!
Adapted from a recipe I found in a cooking magazine years ago, my family never fails to devour these! –Mellyn
This is Karen’s famous recipe, just food storage style! Continue reading
This recipe is an adaptation of one I found several years ago on the Betty Crocker website. It’s sort of…well…sweet and spicy at the same time – a nice variation on traditional spaghetti sauce. I served mine over a layer of pasta covered by a layer of fresh spinach. Yum! –Mellyn
–From Evelyn Z.
This zesty salad is perfect for potlucks and picnics. The chips provide an unexpected crunch that ensures your bowl will always leave the party empty! –Mellyn
Summer salads are tasty all year round — especially if you live in the warm South like we do! This one is quick enough to make at a moment’s notice and tastes even better left over. –Mellyn
Growing up, Mom made her Barbecue for all of our family get togethers. This is our food storage version. –Mellyn Continue reading
This hearty skillet dinner is easy to cook up, tasty and satisying. Of course, our family eats it with ketchup! –Mellyn Continue reading
A friend gave me this recipe years ago. It’s still our favorite chili — mildly spicy with just a hint of sweet. My husband likes to dress it up with tobasco sauce. –Mellyn Continue reading
I remember my great grandmother making this squash recipe at a large family gathering. I think it was the first time I tasted zucchini and liked it! Since then, I’ve developed quite an appetite for this prolific vegetable, and it’s on our table year round! We don’t use a lot of Velveeta at our house, but it stores reasonably well (for about 6 months at a time) and provides some variety when my kids get tired of the same veggies. –Mellyn Continue reading
The flour in this soup gives it a creamy texture without the additional calories of cream, and the oregano and basil give it an Italian flavor that my family finds irresistible! The Hobbit (our curly-haired youngest with the appetite of a hobbit!) eats 2 or 3 bowls of this every time I serve it! –Mellyn Continue reading
Another classic from Karen! This quick meal is easy to satisfy my picky eaters. Continue reading