Monday, March 10, 2014

Recipes: KISS* principle applies.

So you've managed to put back dozens of cans of food: beans, chicken, spam, etc. Can you actually cook with all that stuff.... and make it taste good?

I'll be sharing many of the recipes I've thrown together from foods identical to the preps I have currently. And I do need to emphasize that while salt and sugar are great preps, flavor is what keeps food from being boring.  When food is boring, it's harder to keep spirits up.

Meal times during SHTF will be crucial bonding and down times for your tribe. Have you put back ground black pepper, garlic and cayenne as examples of zesty/hot spices? What about the slightly sweet spices, like nutmeg, allspice and ginger? How about cinnamon?

Please tell me that you haven't forgotten the almighty hot sauce bottle!  Pick your favorite, and when it goes on sale, buy two bottles and put one back.  Trust me on this.  You can ask ANYONE who has EVER eaten an MRE and they sing the praises of the hot sauce bottle.

I have just one recipe for you today, but it's become a favorite of mine and my partners.


  • 1 can of chicken (per two people)
  • 1 can of re-fried beans
    • OR whatever bean you feel like having
  • Lettuce leaves or tortillas
  • Hot sauce or salsa

Heat the beans at a medium heat with about 1 teaspoon on oil in the pan. After they come to a simmer (this is where, if they are whole beans, you remove them from heat and smash!) you add your chicken (drained). Return to a simmer and cook for a while longer.  I will usually stir it, let it start bubbling again, and then stir it again about four times. (Unless you put back a little timer or hourglass, in which case you cook it about 3 minutes.)

Pull off heat. Grab lettuce (or tortillas) and tear off pieces to spoon chicken and beans mixture on to. Top with hot sauce or salsa.

And here you were probably expecting something complicated eh?

* Keep It Simple, Stupid

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