Comfort Food in a Can

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Comfort food – food that provides a sense of well being; typically associated with childhood memories or good old-fashioned home cooking!

With less than 3 weeks till we hit the road again, I find myself feeling very stressed! And to anyone who truly knows me, this can lead to stress eating!

I find myself craving comfort foods… my favorite happens to be mashed potatoes and gravy!

There’s nothing more enjoyable than the creamy smoothness of a great bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy! That warm fuzzy feeling you get as you enjoy the taste of the gravy… and every once in a while, finding that delicious lump of real potato!

If you’ve ever made mashed potatoes from scratch, you know exactly what I mean!

But sometimes, in this busy world we live in, making mashed potatoes from scratch is not an option! So, once again, I dug into my pantry of freeze-dried canned goods to make this oh-so-delicious meal of mashed potatoes and pulled pork gravy!

Thrive Life - Sour Cream and Onion Potatoes with Pulled Pork Gravy - Food

Mashed Potatoes and Pulled Pork Gravy

What your need for the potatoes:

And for the pulled pork gravy:

Let’s put it all together:

  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add green onions, salt and butter, Quickly whisk in sour cream and mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in black pepper.
  • In another small saucepan, melt butter and stir in pulled pork. Add gravy powder, water and whisk. Allow gravy to simmer until it thickens, stirring occasionally.
  • Scoop mashed potatoes into a small bowl and pour gravy over the top.
  • Enjoy!

This savory dish is great for lunch or dinner or any time you crave a delicious comfort food meal! It only takes about 20 minutes to make using the freeze-dried foods found here!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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Steamed Green Beans with Red Peppers

Thrive Life Recipe - Steamed Green Beans

With the growing season only just beginning to get underway, I find I am having to rely on using my supply of freeze-dried canned goods. Here’s where I get mine!

If you already have fresh produce coming in from your garden, you can certainly use it in this recipe… just cut back on the amount of broth you use!!

How to make Steamed Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers

What you need:

  • 2 cups Red Bell Peppers
  • 2 cups Green Beans
  • 1/2 cup Onion Slices
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt or favorite seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups broth (I use homemade chicken bone broth, but your favorite broth will work, or you can simply use water)

How to make:

  • In a medium sized skillet, saute the garlic with the butter until it’s lightly caramelized and has a nice golden color.
  • toss the dry ingredients in the skillet with the salt or seasoning of choice, then add the broth or water..
  • Stir together thoroughly.
  • place the lid on top and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Once the veggies are fully cooked, you’re ready to go!

Tips from the kitchen:

  • Freeze dried foods crisp up fast, so make sure you measure out all your ingredients first.
  • You can use your fresh from the garden produce, you’ll just need to cut back on the amount of broth you use.
  • Pairs nicely as a side for grilled chicken, or add cooked chicken to the recipe for a great stir-fry!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri