Category: Food Shortage

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #6: Tuna Pizza

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #6: Tuna Pizza

I was just dying for a pizza the other day, but not any kind… I was craving for the pizza my mom used to make me when I went home for holidays. I remember how amazing it smelled when she took it out of the oven… and the taste! I wouldn’t even put ketchup or garlic sauce on top, it was that good!

I don’t know what made me remember all this, but I just had to cook one of those divine pizzas. And what do you know? My usual recipe inspiration, busycooks.about.com, had a tuna pizza recipe in their survival food recipes category. I didn’t have any tuna cans in the pantry, but I went to the store and got four. This way, I’ve updated my stockpile with a new type of canned food.

And not any type of food, but one with a whole lot of health benefits. Just check out a few reasons why you should eat tuna, according to symptomfind.com:

1. It’s very nutritious: “You always hear about eggs and various meats being a high source of protein, but what about fish? One of the nutritional highlights of tuna is its high protein content. How high in protein content? Try 23 grams in a serving size of three and a half ounces. Talk about a good source of protein to help keep those muscles strong. Protein is also good for the blood, skin, hair, and nails.

2. It protects your heart: “Tuna can help you avoid the risk of having a stroke. A recent study has shown that adults who include one to four servings of fish as a part of their regular diet had a 27 percent lower risk of having an ischemic stroke. Five or more servings of fish per week reduced the risk of stroke to 30 percent.”

3. It lowers your blood pressure: Tuna has omega-3 fatty acid, which helps prevent high blood pressure. Studies have shown that foods, like tuna, that contain omega-3 fatty acids helped test subjects maintain healthy blood pressure. Those who have yet to develop high blood pressure experience an even stronger beneficial effect from omega-3 fatty acids.”

4. It lowers your cholesterol: With just two servings of tuna a week, you can lower your triglyceride levels. Why is that a good thing? Triglyceride in the bloodstream indicates the amount of fat being carried. If you have a high level of triglyceride, you are probably also experiencing “bad cholesterol” and low levels of “good protein.”

5. It boosts your immune system: “Tuna is a good source of selenium, an antioxidant that helps improve the body’s immune system. The immune system is a vital part of the body that is integral to fighting off sickness, diseases, and infections.”

After reading all this, I’m seriously thinking of eating tuna more often… starting with this delicious pizza. Here’s what you need to cook it:

• 1 Boboli® pizza crust

• 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained

• 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

• 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves

• 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves

• salt and pepper to taste

• 6 oz. can solid pack white tuna, drained

• 1 (7 oz.) jar roasted red pepper, drained, chopped

• 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, well drained

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

These ingredients will be enough for 4-6 people. Now it’s preparation time!

First of all, clear your schedule for 20 minutes. Then get a medium bowl and throw in beans, vinegar, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Next: Mash beans to get a sort of sauce, but leave some texture in the mixture. Spread the bean mixture over the Boboli® pizza crust. Put tuna, red peppers, and tomatoes on top. Sprinkle cheese over all and it’s ready to go into the oven. Enjoy it with your family!

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Freeze-Dried Food: How Is It Different?

Freeze-Dried Food: How is it Different?

We have no way of knowing what will happen in the future. Whether it is a decade, a year, or even a week from now, life throws unexpected obstacles in our way every day. Because we cannot know what will happen, we have no way of preventing disasters that may occur.

One thing that we can do, however, is prepare. Food is one of our essential needs as humans, so it goes without saying that it is the one thing that we need to have in extra supply. The main problem with this, however, is that most food doesn’t last forever.

There have been many solutions offered up for this problem, one of which is freeze-dried food. But what is freeze-dried food? Is it the same as “real” food? Is it different in terms of nutrition and taste?

In order to answer these questions, read on as we take a look at a few of the facts and differences between freeze-dried food and regular food. You should then be able to decide if you want to add freeze-dried food to your food storage supply.

The Freeze-Drying Process

Although freeze-drying sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, the concept itself is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. It is only the process itself that has changed over time. Where in previous years, fruits and vegetables were laid out in the sun to dry, it is now done quickly and more efficiently using cryogenic freezing and vacuum drying. The whole goal of the process is to extract and dispose of as much water as possible. This simply means that the food itself will last much longer than regular food.

So what are the nutritional differences?

You may be removing the water, but most evidence goes to suggest that you are not removing any of the nutritional value. Freeze-dried foods actually contain most of the nutrients that they had to start with. There is evidence to suggest that they still contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients, so there is no need to worry about freeze-dried food being unhealthy.

But what about taste?

The thing that gives freeze-dried food the edge over regular dehydrated food is that freeze-dried food usually contains spices and seasoning. What this means is that you do not lose any flavor in using freeze-dried meals. Many reviews available online actually state that freeze-dried meals are preferable in terms of taste as well as convenience.

Should i look into buying freeze-dried food?

Food storage is important. That does not mean that you have to stock your house with flavorless, unexciting food. With freeze-dried meals, you will actually be able to enjoy good food that lasts forever. Not only will it last forever, but the way that it has been processed means that it takes up far less storage space than regular food. It is just one option, but freeze-dried food is definitely worth looking into for your food storage needs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #3: Butterbean Salad

butterbean saladphoto source: www.agriculturesource.com

Today’s Emergency Food Recipe is deliiiicious and embarrassingly easy.

busycooks reveals the secrets to making a perfect butter bean salad in no more than 15 minutes.’ And the best part is: you can cook this meal pretty much anywhere: at home, when you’re out of time, or outdoors, when you’re camping or when there’s no power source.

But besides being versatile and easy to make, it’s also very nutritious and great for your health. Butter-beans have little-known benefits that help your body work at its best, with almost no effort at all.

You may not know this, but…

… butter-beans have tiny amounts of fat.

They’re some of the healthiest veggies because the amounts of unhealthy fat are almost inexistent. But that doesn’t mean they make you feel weak, because…

… butter-beans are high in calories.

This means you’ll be fresh and energized all throughout the day. All you need to do is eat a yummy salad and you’re good to go. It’s light on the stomach, but it gives you the buzz. And that’s not all:

… butter-beans are also high in iron.

Actually, they’ve got a quarter of the daily recommended dose. But why is iron so important for you? Well, iron helps your body get oxygenated. This way, you’ll think faster and clearer, your blood will be healthy and you’ll avoid that annoying feeling of weakness at the end of the day.

Now let’s get to our easy-peasy recipe. Here’s what you need:

• 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
• 5 Tbsp. olive oil
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
• 2 (15 oz.) cans butter beans, rinsed and drained
• 11 oz. can shoe-peg corn, drained
• 14.5 oz. can zesty chili diced tomatoes, drained
• 1 small red onion, chopped

If you want more protein, just add some chicken or fish (especially tuna).

Now it’s time to mix everything in a large bowl. First, mix vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some parsley. Then add the rest of ingredients and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for an hour or two. But you can also serve it right away, together with your family. It will be more than enough for 4 people.

And if you still have doubts that it’s absolutely delicious, just take a look at what these people are saying:

“Tasty and easy,

A great dish to make when car camping! I didn’t bother to wash off the beans (I just drained the cans) and it still turned out well. I’d recommend throwing in a pepper if you like spicy foods, but otherwise, the recipe is great as is!”

“Easy and flavorful,

This salad was so easy to make. We served it on mixed salad greens right out of the bag and it was delicious.”

busycooks

Can’t wait to hear your opinion about it! Hope you really like it.

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