With the only thing consistent about gas and food prices is the fact that they are consistently going up, my husband and I have been doing more dates at home. It is so easy to swap baby-sitting with a neighbor (or if your kids are old enough, eat up stairs while they play downstairs) and spend some one on one time together with little effort and for CHEAP! (and of course some food storage mixed in 🙂 This meal was SO delicious, easy and cost me about $4.00 to make. That wouldn’t even feed my husband and me at a fast food restaurant! Oh, how I love my food storage!
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple-Cranberry Sauce
Again, a great time to practice cooking with an alternate heat source! The topping is simply 2 C. applesauce (I made mine from the dehydrated apple slices from my food storage) and 1 can Whole Cranberry Sauce (NOT jellied). The topping looks so gourmet with the chunks of cranberry and apple and takes NO time to make!
Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Potato pearls are great but I have heard of people not liking them. I want to suggest to you to add in some sour cream or cream cheese and butter to them. You add those ingredients into normal mashed potatoes so why not the pearls/flakes from your food storage? If you really want to fake out the family, make sure and beat them just like you would “real” mashed potatoes.
3 cloves Roasted Garlic, chopped (I roast mine on the grill while I’m grilling the meat. You will need to turn them frequently so they don’t get burned. It will cook in about 3-4 minutes)
1 T. fresh rosemary sprigs or 1 t. dried rosemary
1/2-3/4 C. Sour Cream
2 T. Butter
Add the above ingredients to your 1 batch of potato pearls from your food storage (directions are on the can). Beating your potato pearls or flakes gives it a great consistency and adds in a little air for that whipped creamy texture. It’s a great way to disguise using food storage potato pearls instead of regular potatoes.