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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 for 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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Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #5: Savoury Salmon And Potato Salad

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #5: Savoury Salmon And Potato Salad

I’m back with a new mouth-watering emergency food recipe from busycooks.about.com. Today, it’s a salmon and potato salad I’ve just tried a couple hours ago. My wife wanted to cook something light for dinner and she was thinking of preparing a quick salad.

But here’s a thing about salads: they’re very healthy and tasty, but they don’t give you the impression you’re “full”. I don’t know about you, but I get hungry really fast after eating a salad. So I thought… how about cooking a salad that’s also full?

And I found this great salmon and potato salad recipe: it’s very easy to make, light and nutritious. So you get to satisfy your hunger, but also have a good night sleep.

What makes this meal great for your health are the amazing properties of salmon. Here’s a few of them, delivered straight from www.healthdiaries.com, just to get an idea:

  • Relieves joint pain and swelling. The omega-3 fatty acids prevent inflammation, relieve pain and support healthy joint cartilage and other types of tissue.
  • Makes you smarter and happier.Salmon contains a substance called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is the most important fat found in the brain. This fatty acid helps your brain work better and faster… and it reduces chances of depression.
  • Prevents cancer. That’s due to Vitamin D and selenium, which play a crucial role in lowering the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.
  • Improves your sight.Thanks to fish oil, your eyes will be healthy for a longer time. Good-bye, macular degeneration and chronic dry eye!
  • Protects your heart.Eating salmon will keep your heart strong and protected from cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure.
  • Helps you look young and beautiful.The omega-3s keeps the skin nourished and hydrated, encourages collagen production and gives you an elastic, healthy-looking skin. Also, it keeps blemishes away, makes your hair shiny and your nails strong.

Now that you know how many problems you can solve simply by eating salmon two or three times a week, let me show you how you can turn all these benefits into a delicious salad.

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need for 4-6 servings:

  • 2 (14 oz.) cans cooked potatoes, drained (or simply cook 2 pounds of potatoes and cut them into cubes)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red sockeye salmon, drained
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley OR 1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet pickles
  • 1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves

For preparation, you’ll need 20 minutes, a large bowl and a small one.

In the large ball, you’ll mix potatoes, red bell pepper, onion, and salmon. In the small bowl, whisk together oil, parsley, vinegar, pickles, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme; then pour it over the potato mixture and toss to coat.

You can serve immediately or cover and chill 2-4 hours before serving.

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Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #3: Butterbean Salad

butterbean salad

photo source: www.agriculturesource.com

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

busycooks reveals the secrets to making a prefect 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 is almost in-existent. 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.” (

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

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Indoor Emergency Cooking Tips

Here we are with a new round of emergency cooking tips. This time we’ll cover the indoor cooking instruments and techniques.

The first thing you need to take into consideration is the heating source. If a power outage occurs, you can use a propane stove, NEVER something based on charcoal. Why? Because burnt charcoal releases a great amount of carbon monoxide that could poison you and your family.

But here’s the #1 safety rule: whatever you use for cooking, always keep a window cracked open all throughout the process, so you make sure no toxic gas harms you or your kids. Always cook in well-ventilated areas, only with indoor cooking tools (never on outdoor grills or camp stoves). Open doors and windows when you’re finished at let the air circulate for at least 30 minutes.

To get familiar with cooking without electricity, you can even replace your electric cook top with a gas unit, so as long as you have gas, you can cook.

It’s not very complicated, but you have to keep one thing in mind: if a major disaster crashes buildings down, gas will most likely be shut down, to avoid any leakage. So the best solution is to get a regulator that also handles propane and stock some alternative fuel to use when there’s no gas.

You can also use Sterno Fuel, which is made of jellied petroleum. It’s perfectly safe to use indoors and it’s easily ignited with a match. So make sure you’ve always got matches around, preferably kept in an airtight bag.

Now let’s move on to the next thing on the list: how do you keep items fresh after the power outage begins?

First of all, try to keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as you can. Make a list with everything you need for cooking and get everything out at once. If you don’t open the fridge more than once, it can keep food cold for up to 6 hours. Afterwards, you’ve got just 2-4 hours left to cook everything… or move the items into a cooler, with lots of ice.

A freezer can normally keep food cold for up to 48 hours. But keep some towels under it, as the ice will start to melt and leak on the floor. Also, you can wrap your fridge and freezer in blankets to keep it cold longer. Sounds weird, I know, but it actually works.

My advice is to get an instant read food thermometer, to make sure the food is still safe for eating. If the thermometer shows above 40 degrees, you should seriously question whether you should eat the food or not.

But it’s better to always be extra cautious and throw out what’s not perfectly safe. A ride to the hospital isn’t worth all the food in the world. Also, when power comes back, clean your fridge and your freezer thoroughly to keep away bacteria.

One last tip: write down easy emergency cooking recipes and keep them in your pantry, close to your stockpile. Keep your cooking tools in there, too. This will make things easy for you, cause you’ll know exactly what foods and tools you need while you’re in the pantry.

 

And to make it even easier, next time I’ll start posting The Delicious Emergency Recipe Of The Week. So come back for a collection of the simplest, tastiest recipes you can make with your survival food.

Emergency Cooking Equipment For Survival

Cooking Equipment

If you’re preparing for crisis, then you should know that stockpiling is just part of the equation. Having a pantry crammed with survival food is great, but there are other crucial things you should take into consideration.

For example: if some kind of a disaster strikes tomorrow and you’ll be forced to live off your stockpile in extreme conditions… would you have everything you need to cook nutritious, healthy meals for your family?

Even if you’re 100% certain you’ve got it all in place and ready to be used in case of emergency, there are many things you may have forgotten about. And that’s perfectly normal. After all, you’re not an absolute survival guru and you don’t have the memory of an elephant.

So let’s take one crucial step at a time, so you can rest assured you’re 100% prepared to cook delicious meals with your survival food.

First step: Cooking Equipment

Golden Rule: Never assume electrical appliances will be available!

I know how easy they make your life, but we’re talking about disasters here. It’s theoretically possible that the grid can go down anytime and stay that way for days or even weeks! The classic example: Hurricane Katrina. The grid was down for 3 whole weeks in the affected area. Now think about your emergency equipment. Could you live for three weeks with NO electricity at all? Could you cook for your whole family?

If you want to have no problems feeding your loved ones, make sure you own manual equivalents to all your electric appliances (can openers, food processors, even bottle openers). See also this clever tutorial on how to open a can without a can opener.

Also, load up on tin foil and plastic cooking bags (they must be heat-proof!). Not only are they good to cover cooked food until it’s eaten, but here’s a great trick you can use: Put your uncooked food in heat-proof plastic bags and then put them in the boiling water. This way, you’ll save the water you’d normally use for cleaning the pot… and you can reuse the boiled water for any other purpose.

  • When you’re cooking indoor, you can use a small gas stove. It may seem like it’s gonna take forever to cook your meals, but these stoves usually concentrate a lot of heat and get very hot, very fast.

Another option is to use your fireplace (if you have one). You can buy special cooking accessories for your fireplace that help you grill, cook meat or vegetables and heat water.

  • When you’re cooking outdoor, you’ll need a stove, a grill or a solar oven. Or you can light a campfire, but you need to make sure there’s no danger of setting your house (or your neighbors’) on fire.

Whichever you choose to use, remember to load up on the appropriate fuel (gas, charcoal, matches) and keep them in an extra-safe storage place. Make sure it meets all the storage standards (that you can discover here *link*) and make regular check-ups to see if everything is ok.

That’s all for today, but we’ll be talking more about survival cooking soon, so stay tuned!

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