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Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #2: Kids’ Special Sweet Potato Salad


I’m back with this week’s emergency food recipe and YES, this time it’s a nutritious treat for the kids.

Of course, it’s not just for the little ones, you can make this simple salad for your whole family and friends. Heck, bring everyone in and serve them this delicious munch! But I can tell you this: kids looove it. And that’s because it’s half meal, half dessert. And you know just how much kids love desserts…

And it’s not just about the taste. Sweet potatoes are very healthy and nutritious. In fact, there are 5 major benefits you get from eating sweet potatoes:

1. They protect your body against illnesses. That’s due to the high amount of vitamin C. As I said in the previous Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week, vitamin C is crucial during a crisis because it helps you fight off illnesses and makes you feel energetic. Also, it helps children develop strong bones and teeth and eases digestion.

It’s an important resource for the ladies, too, as it keeps your skin elastic and young. And recent studies show that vitamin C protects you against toxins that may build up in your and lead to cancer.

Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked to degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They’re a stress reliever, thanks to vitamin B6. This vitamin is well-known for reducing stress levels, but also for reducing the risk of developing degenerative diseases, such as heart attacks. Very useful in times of crisis, when stress reaches record levels.

3. They actually make you feel happier. Yep, it’s scientifically proven. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin D, critical for the immune system and for the proper functioning of your body.

Now here’s something you may not know: Your body normally produces vitamin D when you’re exposed to sunlight (more in the summer than during the cold season). If you don’t get enough exposure to sunlight, you may develop the seasonal affective disorder, which is a lot like depression, only you can cure it by taking sun baths… or by taking vitamin D.

4. They help your metabolism work better. Let’s all thank good old iron for that, which is crucial to red and white blood cell production, a good immune system and getting long boosts of energy that take us through the day.

5. They keep your heart healthy. They contain potassium, which regulates heartbeat and nerve signals. It also controls the activity of the kidneys.

Now let’s get to our recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to cook this savory salad:

• 2 (15 oz.) cans sweet potatoes (you can drain them if you find it necessary)

• 2 stalks celery (diced)

• 4 green onions (sliced)

• 1 green bell pepper (diced)

• 5 oz. mix of Dijon mustard and salad dressing

• 1/4 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing

• Salt and pepper to taste

Getting all these items is actually the most difficult part. It’s all dead simple from here: just put everything in a large bowl, then mash the potatoes as well as you can. Mix the mashed potatoes with the rest of ingredients and chill in the fridge for an hour. with mix and mash with potato masher. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for an hour or two.

It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and an hour to make it refreshingly delicious. Then it’s just perfect for filling 6 people’s tummies. Enjoy!


Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #1: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week #1: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Welcome to the Emergency Food Recipe Of The Week column!

Every Friday, I’m going to be posting a new delicious recipe you can make with survival foods… and some emergency cooking etiquette advice, to make sure everything goes well.

Now, I’ve got just 3 plain rules when posting these recipes. They have to be:

a. Healthy

b. Easy to make and

c. Delicious!

We start off with a tasty and nutritious mushroom soup.

In fact, it’s not any kind of soup, but a wonderful, creamy one that’s so rich, you’ll get addicted.

But its out-of-this-world taste is not the only reason I chose to post this particular recipe. You see, mushrooms are filled with vitamins like vitamin C, B6, and B12. They’re responsible for boosting your immune system, and a solid immune system is crucial during a crisis. Also, mushrooms help flush toxins out of your body, so you stay away from illnesses. You wouldn’t want to feel weak and helpless when your family needs you the most, would you?

And here’s another reason why mushrooms go so well in emergency meals: they can be used in so many dishes, you could never get bored of including mushrooms in your meals. Their flavor is adaptable, so it brings the best out of every dish you use it in.

Now let’s get to the recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need for this creamy mushroom soup:

• 1 ounce dried mushrooms

• 3 cups boiling water, divided

• 1 cube beef bouillon

• 1 tablespoon dried onions

• 2 tablespoons cornstarch

• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

• 1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

First of all, you’ll need to boil some water. You can boil it outside, on a grill, or inside your house, on a stove or even in your fireplace, if you have one.

After the water starts boiling, place mushrooms in a saucepan and cover them with 1 cup of boiling water. Let them stand for 10 – 12 minutes while they get all juicy, then check the package to see how they need to be processed (remove the stems, peel them etc)

Put the saucepan on the stove (or whatever you’re using as heat source) and turn the heat to medium. Add beef bouillon and dried onions and them stir to mix. Keep stirring until it boils and then let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients (cornstarch, pepper, thyme) and let it simmer until the soup gets a thick, creamy texture. Pour the milk and heat again until it almost comes to a boil again.

Serve it while it’s still hot (not too hot!), but not before you top it with some Parmesan cheese. Enjoy it with your spouse and your kids, as it is enough for 4 people.

All this will take you no more than 30 minutes: 15 minutes to prepare the mushrooms and the other ingredients and another 15 to cook them. Easy and delicious!

Bon appetit!