This is a guest post by Doc and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.
Tonight while eating a very satisfying supper, I thought about thinking outside the box when prepping. What did I have that got me to thinking? I made a couple of wraps (spinach tortillas) with leftover stir fry (cabbage, carrots, onions, summer squash, and canned white beans) in them. A long term SHTF will make meal planning difficult as the supplies in the pantry disappear.
Yes, I am a vegan, but as I prep, I have found prepping easier than if I was eating the normal American or Western diet. Then why not add the concept of plant base foods to prepping practices for the average family. What is put back is going to last only so long. Dried milk supplies will run out. Dried eggs will also run out.
Hunting in long term events will not keep the pantry stocked. Canned meat will run out unless there is a renewable source. Why not learn how to grow and prepare renewable foods to replace those food products such as milk, eggs, and meat? This little paper will not have all the answers. I hope it will introduce some ideas for researching. I consider this as another skill to learn. Surviving SHTF means thinking and doing outside the box.
Questions to think about while reading:
- How do vegans, vegetarians, and third world populations get their protein?
- How does a prepper stretch the meat in?
- What can be used as milk?
- How to cook or bake without eggs?
Getting enough protein is really not that difficult with little or no meat in the diet. Italians add some white beans to their pasta. The whole grain and beans make a complete protein. How many cultures have diets based on beans and rice, beans and cornbread, or beans and corn tortillas? One of the best soup recipes I have is:
- Black Bean and Salsa Soup.
- 2 cans of drained black beans
- 1 can of corn (frozen or fresh can be substituted)
- 2 cups of salsa (If no salsa available, use canned diced tomatoes and make some.)
- Hot sauce at the table
Lightly mash part of the black beans and chop up the corn. Put both in a pot and add the salsa. Heat and serve with cornbread. Simple and nourishing. To find more recipes, Google–vegan or vegetarian bean and rice recipes or bean and grain recipes. The most important ingredients will be the seasonings. A book I would suggest is “Everyday Happy Herbivore” by Lindsay S. Nixon. The two websites well worth investigating are www.fatfreevegan.com and www.happyherbivore.com
I drink almond milk as I do not drink cow’s milk anymore. My supply of milk will run out quickly even in a minor event. What are some alternatives? Both soy beans and rice can be used to make milk suitable for cereals and baking. I have soy beans and rice in tubs. Soy beans are high in oil so will not store as long as rice so I keep the soy beans in my deep freezer to extend storage life. I also have seed to plant next year; thus, replenishing my supply of soy each year. Here is a video link to show how to make soy milk. http://video.about.com/
Here is a video link to show how to make rice milk.
These are some of my favorites from “Everyday Happy Herbivore.” You will notice Lindsey does not use eggs when baking. The idea of baking without eggs was totally new to me. Now I have a another new skill.
Some vegans use applesauce, strained prunes, pumpkin, zucchini, winter squash, and flax seeds as egg substitutes. Do some online research and gather some recipes to put into your prepper notebook. Can you believe a rich chocolate fudge made with black beans and bananas? Lindsey has the recipe.
Have fun finding new and different ways to keep food interesting and have backup plans when particular foods become scarce. Other books I would recommend are:
Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’, 2nd: Lightweight, Trail-Tested Recipes for Backcountry Trips by Christine Conners – This is available at Amazon. It is filled with dehydrated meals. Think homemade MRE’s.
Do It Yourself Prep N Store: Recipes & Prepping Ideas Made Easy by Janice Paveglio Gunther
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes by Julie Languille. Think homemade box mixes.
Researching cookbooks and learning new ways to use ordinary foods and other ingredients in my prepper / home pantry has done much to liven the taste buds. For meat eaters, a couple of vegetarian meals a week will extend the meat in the pantry and be good nutritionally. We can only put back so much.
A long term SHTF will cost us all our supplies. After that, we need to grow food to replace foods in the pantry which is why I am adding soy beans, flour corn, and all sorts of dry beans. I am increasing root vegetables, winter squash, and Roma type tomatoes to the garden. I will continue buying wheat, oats, buckwheat flour, TVP (textured vegetable protein), and rice in 25 pound bags as I have the money.
Most of the recipes I find use the foods I have already put back. Never do I need to run to the store to buy something so I can make a dish I want to eat. I hope I was able to spark some new ideas. Good Eats!!
Prizes for this round in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A Volcano Grill courtesy of LPC Survival a $134.99 value, a $150 gift certificate for Remington ammunition courtesy of LuckyGunner, a 60 serving bucket of Wise Freeze Dried Food courtesy of EmergencyFoodWarehouse.com and a Wonder Junior Deluxe grain meal a $219.95 value courtesy of Kitchen Neads and a USB Portable VPN courtesy of unspyable a $275 value. Total prize value of $899.99.
- Second place winner will receive – A Sopakco Sure – Pak MRE – 12 Meals courtesy of Campingsurvival.com, a $98.95 value, a Tatsu360 Tenkara Rod a $72.00 value courtesy of Dragontail Tenkara and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service, a $100 value, courtesy of unspyable. Total prize value of $270.95.
- Third place winner will receive – a copy of my book ”31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness“ courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net and a copy of “The Survival Medicine Handbook” courtesy of www.doomandbloom.net.
Be sure to read the rules before entering… This contest will end on November 10 2013