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Cookin’ With Augason Farms

  • February 6, 2012 7:48 pm

Today we are going to look at a few great Augason Farms products, as well as some recipes that will go beautifully with your food storage!  Beans are the food I’m featuring today, and although there are a million excellent recipes calling for beans, I’m going to show off two of my favorites. Legumes are a food storage staple.  They are loaded with nutrients and can be prepared as a meat substitute for many meals.

a solid food storage has a good supply of legumes!

When I hear the word beans, the first place my brain goes is to my chili recipes.  Chili is perfect for a cozy mid-winter night and great in the summertime slathered over a hot dog or drowning a fry bread taco in flavor. Chilies almost always make for great freezer meals as well, and are easy to make ahead of time and store for situations when you just don’t have the time or energy to cook, such as preparation for a surgery or new baby or a particularly busy season at work.

So let me share one of my favorites!

Chicken Taco Chili

1 cup chopped onion- fresh or Augason Farms dehydrated onions
34 oz of black beans- two cans or appx 2-3 cups of dried
16-oz kidney beans- one can or appx 1-1 1/2 cups dried
1 16 oz can tomato sauce- or Augason Farms Tomato Powder
10 oz corn (frozen, canned or freeze dried)
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies (used a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes)
1 taco seasoning packet
1 tbsp cumin
2-4 tbsp chili powder depending on how hot you like your chili- I usually go about 3
24 0z. (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, left over chicken or canned chicken if you are going pantry only.
chopped chili peppers (this is optional)
chopped fresh cilantro (also optional)

This is a very simple recipe- dump it all into a crock pot and let it simmer until it is hot and blended together.

I like to serve it over Augason Farms Corn Bread.  YUM!

 

Now, we need some chocolate to go with that super yummy chili.  Did you know that if you eat something too spicy and need to fix that burning sensation chocolate is a guaranteed fix?  It is the best natural remedy out there!

Augason Farms has a great brownie mix (and it is on sale right now as part of the Valentine’s Day sale).  I know you may be asking why I keep “junk food” in my food storage.  Isn’t food storage just beans and rice and essentials so we don’t starve to death?  Well, yes.  That is obviously the first priority.  However, comfort foods can make a huge difference in morale, and a chewy brownie can be a very soothing treat in a time when food is scarce or resources are tight.

Plus, you can make brownies healthier by adding black beans. Yes, you read that right. They will be lower calorie, lower sodium, higher protien and fiber- and they’ll be CHOCOLATE!

Bean Brownies

Ingredients:

1 brownie mix

1 15 ounce can  (or 1.5 cup of dry) black beans

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (if you feel so inclined)

How to:

Rinse the beans. Put the beans back in the can and add enough water to cover beans. Puree the beans and water until they are a well blended paste. Add brownie mix to black bean puree and mix. Cook in greased 9 X 9 baking pan. Bake brownies according to package directions. You will probably need to bake them a little longer- just test them with a toothpick to make sure they are cooked through.  Makes about 20 super yummy brownies.

Now, I want to show you a really great new product Augason Farms has come out with.  They have these new emergency pails that contain enough food for one person for 11 days as well as a self filtering water container.  These are perfect for emergency situations, 72 hour kits (we have 2 as part of our family’s 72 hour kit), camping or quick and easy on the go food situations! They also just came out with a larger version (I so want this! And it is on sale right now!) that has enough food for 30 days.  Get one for each family member and you have an instant one month supply for your whole family, complete with cooking instructions and suggestions.  And, yes, it has a 25 year shelf life, so once you have your buckets, you are good to go for a quarter of a century.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and in connection with Augason Farms, I am giving away one of the 4 gallon buckets, as pictured in the the photo above.  This is a $75 value and I can’t wait to send it off to one lucky, lucky reader!

You have three chances to win.

1) Leave me a comment right here.  Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.

2) Go LIKE Augason Farms on Facebook!  They like you, so go like them back!

3) Tweet, Facebook or Blog about this give-a-way and link back to this post.

Drop me a comment for each entry, and I will randomly draw a winner on V-day!

Good luck!

Christmas Baking With Augason Farms

  • December 13, 2011 7:00 pm

 

It is Christmas baking time here at my house, and the goodies just keep coming! I decided to learn how to better use some of my Augason Farm’s food storage to help with the holidays.  Sometimes people look at a food storage list and can’t fathom why there would be cookie mix and brownies and hot cocoa.  These, while not nutritionally sound, are actually important parts of a food storage because of the psychological benefits that are had by having access to comfort foods during times of turmoil.  Everything might be falling apart around you, but eating a brownie usually makes a person feel like she can carry on.  It is also important to keep these items on hand to help you celebrate birthdays and holidays with a feeling of normalcy.  This isn’t just me talking- there is actual scientific proof behind that!

So, without further ado, bring on the sweeties!

Today we have thumbprint cookies, brownie mix cookies and mint brownies!  The base of each of these recipes is an Augason Farms mix, either the gluten free cookie mix (yum!) or the fudge brownie mix (also, yum).

Brownie Cookies

1 pkg. Augason Farms fudge brownie mix
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. water
2 eggs

optional add ins:
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 c. chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or M&M’S®

Combine all ingredients. Bake until just set at 350 degrees about 9-10 minutes. Let cool and then ice with your favorite icing.  Sprinkles are a MUST!

Thumbprint Cookies

These are usually called raspberry thumbprint cookies or apricot or strawberry.  The thing is, you can use any type of jam or fruit you have on hand.

1 pkg Augason Farms gluten free cookie mix

1 cup of flour (gluten free works)

chopped pecans

1/2 tsp almond extract

jam

or

Augason Farms fruit of your choice plus 1 cup sugar.

Mix up your cookie mix per directions on the can, add the flour and extract, then roll into balls.  They should be sticky, but not gloopy.  If you need to add a bit more flour based on altitude, go ahead.

Once your balls are made, lay them on a cookie sheet and firmly press your thumb into the center of each cookie.

Here is the tricky part.  If you have jam, you can scoop it into the indentations you have made.  If you have fruit and sugar, boil it down in a pot, stirring continually until it is runny.  I use a table spoon to scoop the mixture into the prints.  Hint: even if you are using pre-made jam, heating it up so it is runny makes it ten times easier to put it into the thumbprints.

I love these with chopped pecans, my kids don’t.  So I make a few of both.  Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don’t.  You can have it both ways with these.

These need to bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until a light golden brown.

Layered Mint Brownies

Brownie layer

Prep brownie mix and bake as directed on your package.

Let it cool then make the rest of the layers

Mint layer

2 tbsp softened butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 tbsp heavy cream

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

green food coloring optional (I opt out because I don’t think we need any more food coloring than we are already ingesting, but that’s just me being a killjoy).

Frost the brownies with this layer and let it set for about a half an hour.

Chocolate Layer

semisweet chcolate chips or baking bar (about 3 oz)

1 tbsp butter

Melt these ingredients in a double boiler and pour over the top.  You can drizzle or make a complete chocolatey layer.  I do both.  If you are loathe to double boil, you may also skip the butter and chop the chocolate as fine as you are able and just put it right on the top. All three ways are excellent- we are talking about chocolate here.

Now you are ready to take a beautiful basket of treats to your friends and neighbors!

Augason Farms is also a great Christmas gift option, and can provide security for college students, newlyweds, aging parents and families who need a jump start on stocking their pantries and becoming more secure.  This year I am giving Augason Farms cocoa as well as some of their great kits and packs.  Chris and I love trying out new cocoas and the large variety of flavors Augason farms offers is great!  Chris fancies the hazelnut best, and I love the mint and the cinnamon.  There are also orange, raspberry, candy can, marshmallow and plain varieties.  Snag yourself a few to keep you warm this winter and a few more to keep that pantry stocked!

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking to all!