Saturday, August 13, 2011

Recipes On the Go

Last month our family went on an unplanned vacation.  We were planning on staying at our destination for a day or two, but ended up staying there six days.  A stomach bug hit our family hard.  Traveling home was impossible. Each day we woke up someone new had the bug.

We had packed enough food for our family for two days, but definitely not for six days.  I had to shop at an unfamiliar grocery store. Thankfully they had some items my children could eat.  At one point I went to this blog to find recipes I could prepare for my kiddos.  I quickly realized my staple recipes were not here.  What was I going to do?

Our family did make it through the week.  Looking on the bright side, it was a good thing that my children had a stomach bug because they didn't eat as much as they usually do.  If they had...  It's time to put these recipes on my blog, if for no other reason than they will be accessible to me when I need them away from home!


1 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl.  Heat frying pan or griddle.  Cook pancakes until tops are bubbly and the bottoms browned.  Flip and cook.  Serve.

Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1.4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch round or an 8-inch square pan.  Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl.  Measure the brown sugar and add it.  Stir the dry ingredients well.  Mix the oil, water and vanilla together, then add them to the dry ingredients and stir just until all of the dry bits are wet.  Turn the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake the cake for 30 minutes or cupcakes for 15 minutes.

Taco Seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt or garlic salt

Stir seasoning and 3/4 cup water into 1 pound browned and drained hamburger or turkey burger; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

These recipes are my staple recipes because they require no "special" ingredients.  I can find the ingredients anywhere and I can make them anywhere.

Do you have any recipes like this?  We'd love you to share!

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