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Adapting Recipes to Use With Storable Foods

As I have mentioned before, I love to try new recipes and I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that I can work into my meal plans by adapting them, when needed, to storable food items.

I found one such recipe recently in the Taste of Home Simple & Delicious magazine. It was called “Colorful Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I made a few changes to the original recipe, but my family loved it. I’m posting the recipe on the Recipes page, but what I hope you can learn to do is look at a recipe and think “how can I make this with the foods I have already stored”?

I did have to buy one item (a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup) in order to make this recipe, but now that I know that I can easily work it into my meal plan, I will store as many cans of that soup as I need. It will be easy to know how many cans I’ll have to buy, because I’ll just use the formula on the worksheet. For example, if I plan to make this dish once a month for a three-month period, I’ll need three cans of the soup. Simple!

What about the fresh chopped zucchini? That’s easy, too. If you have a garden, or if your neighbor has a garden, you’ll probably have plenty of zucchini during the summer. If this is not possible, buy it when it’s in season and cheap. Then, chop it and store it in 2-cup amounts in freezer bags. Store only as much as you know you’ll use in a three-month period. It will stay fresh for that length of time. (I also grate zucchini and store it in 2-cup increments for zucchini bread and cake.) The over-sized zucchini are excellent for chopping or grating and freezing.

The fresh onions can be replaced with dried chopped onions, if you are not storing onions using our nifty trick found on page 52 of the book.

This is a delicious recipe. Check it out. I give you the original recipe, plus the possible substitutions.

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