Warm & Tasty Potato Soup

It is getting cold outside & I was craving a creamy soup (my previous “go-to’s” would have been Cheddar/Broccoli or Cream of Mushroom).  Since potatoes are inexpensive right now, I decided to try my hand at creating a FAILSAFE version of my grandmother’s recipe for Potato Soup.

Warm & Tasty FAILSAFE Potato Soup

Warm & Tasty FAILSAFE Potato Soup

(Remember that what we post here works for our families…if there is an ingredient that you/yours cannot tolerate, either substitute it or eliminate it completely)

Warm & Tasty Potato Soup

Saute until soft:

  2 T            Butter

  2 stalks   Celery, diced

  3              Green onion white tips, diced (separate-save green ends for garnish)

  1 T            Garlic, minced

Add to stock pot:

  4 c            Stock (I used FAILSAFE chicken stock, p.96 The Failsafe Cookbook)

  6 Lg         Potatoes (peeled, diced)

                   sautéed ingredients from above

Cook on med/high until potato is cooked/soft (about 20 minutes or so).  Use immersion blender to “cream up” the soup, but do not blend until smooth-you still want chunks of the potato & celery. 

Add:

  2 c             Milk

  1 T             Butter

                    Salt to taste

Garnish with:

                    green onion

 

Enjoy!

B.

 

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Faux Chipotle

Before embarking on the F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. journey, my family and I loved eating at Chipotle.  I was craving it the other day, so I came up with a safe version for us and it was a HUGE hit!  I lined up the ingredients on the counter, buffet style, and everyone could “order” whatever they wanted.

Here’s our “Chipotle” food line…

Cooked rice with chopped parsley (looked like cilantro rice:)

Cooked hamburger (I sautéed with garlic, green onion and salt)

Beans (I used black & kidney so it was more colorful and looked like more choices:)

Green onion

lettuce

sour cream (I know some people argue whether or not US sour cream is FAILSAFE, but my family is fine with it)

It was delish and the kids loved it.  For lunch the next day (we use a 24 hour period for eating leftovers) we had “taco salad” to get rid of the overage – just used lettuce as a base instead of the rice…

Enjoy!

B.

Healthy chip dip or sandwich spread

Ok, so my kiddos go back & forth between liking things then not liking them…for example:  chicken.  One day we love it, the next we don’t touch it.  Well, I have gotten tired of making the same old meals and decided to make myself a chicken salad sandwich…but “food processed” it a bit too much and it turned into a pate of sorts, so I decided to dip some Kettle chips into it for my lunch.  My kids (of course not knowing the ingredients) wanted to try it…AND LOVED IT!  So, here is the “hidden chicken” chip dip recipe (you could forgo the processing step and have a more traditional sandwich spread)…

1 C       Shredded chicken (I used some from a roasted chicken I’d made same day)

1 pkg   Cream Cheese

1 t         garlic, minced

1           celery, diced

2           green onion, diced

salt, to taste

milk to thin, if needed

Blend up in the food processor until pasty/dip texture…if traditional spread is desired, just stir ingredients together with a spoon.  I have eaten this dipped in chips, on rice cake, with rice crackers, on celery.  Yum.

Enjoy!

B.

Grocery list to keep track of multiple stores

Hello Failsafers!

Excel FAILSAFE grocery list by store

I have a grocery spreadsheet that I use to keep track of which stores carry the products that we need…I am currently balancing 3 major grocery chains plus our Co-Op for all of OUR needs.

Failsafe Shopping List

The way that I use it is this…

1) There are column header areas that I put my personal grocery store names into.

2) I mark an “x” in the box for the food item & corresponding store column so that I know which stores are carrying the item.

I keep a Master list on file.

3) I use a copy of the Master list on my refrigerator to keep track as I run out of groceries…there is a column to the left of the food items that I use to mark quantity that I need.

It is a bit timely compiling the original list, but saves a lot of time & gas trying to drive from store to store to track items down.   As always, we post what works for our families and hope that it can help yours too.

B.

F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. Shopping List by ingredient

printable FAILSAFE shopping list

Hello.

I have 2 shopping lists that I use…this one I use on the refrigerator as a running record of what I need to buy.  It is also a great list to take along if you are shopping at one or two stores.  I have listed some “notes” in () and/or some product names that I have found useful.  Please feel free to comment on any other brands that you may have found in your area(s) and I will add them.  Hopefully this will make a nice US brands list also.

Failsafe Shopping List

****I will be posting another list, later on, that you can use when balancing multiple grocery stores for all of your FAILSAFE shopping.  That one I use to keep track of which stores carry each product…Kim uses it to also keep track of price per store…smarty pants:)

Thanks and have a great day!

B.

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

OK…so this is cheating a bit due to the cornstarch in the Bob’s Shortbread mix, (my kids seem to tolerate a corn in moderate amounts) but is soooooooooo good.  We were going over to a friend’s house for dinner and were asked to bring a dessert…it’s hard enough to find a FAILSAFE dessert that my kids REALLY like, but one that non-FAILSAFE-ers would enjoy too is a tall order.  I cheated by going onto Pinterest to get ideas and found a pie crust cheat using the Bob’s mix.  Here’s what I came up with…

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

1pkg   Bob’s Gluten-free Shortbread Cookie Mix, make according to package directions

1pint   Haagen Dasz Vanilla ice cream

1/2 c   Raw cashews

Caramel sauce recipe (below)

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Mix the Bob’s Shortbread recipe according to package directions.  Split the cookie dough in half and press into a round cake pan (I make cookies with the remainder, but you could always make second crust to use another day).  Bake according to package directions and cool.

While crust is baking, I prepare the Caramel Sauce recipe (below) & set out the ice cream to soften (I use Haagen-Dazs vanilla).

When crust is cooled, add ice cream – packing in tightly.

Top with chopped raw cashews & press lightly into the softened ice cream.  Place in freezer to set up – at least 15 minutes.

Serve with warm Caramel Saucehttp://www.thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/09/ridiculously-easy-caramel-sauce.html#m

(Note:  this recipe calls for a dark brown sugar which I substitute in FAILSAFE approved & light brown)

Enjoy!

B.

Rice Tortilla Pizza

This weekend the kids wanted personal pizzas…since we don’t eat yeast products in our house, the gluten-free options for pizza crusts are limited.  I usually use rice cakes as a base, but it takes A LOT of those to fill up my household of 5!  Everyone liked these…even our adult non-FAILSAFE-ers…

Delicious FAILSAFE "Food For Life, brown rice tortilla" pizza.

Delicious FAILSAFE “Food For Life, brown rice tortilla” pizza.

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

Food For Life brown rice tortillas

Butter, melted

1 clove Garlic, minced

Hamburger, cooked & salted

Cheese (Farmers or Mozzarella), shredded/sliced

Green Onion, chopped (if desired)

Sour Cream (if desired)

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lay out the tortillas on a baking sheet, not overlapping.  Mix melted butter and garlic together, brush on tortillas-make sure to evenly coat the tortilla all of the way to the edges for a yummier crust.  Top with hamburger and cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted & bubbly.  Top with chopped green onion & sour cream.

We had leftovers and these were delicious reheated in the microwave…also good as a lunchbox item!

B.

FAILSAFE vanilla cream soda

Vanilla Cream Soda  (Amazing as a kids drink or add Vodka for a lovely grownup beverage)

1c  Boiling water

1c  Sugar

Dissolve, remove from heat, then add:

2t of pure vanilla extract

At this point I bottle & refrigerate it so that we can use it all week (like magic syrup).

When ready to drink, add sparking water & ice to taste.

B.

Pancakes

I adapted this from the Pikelets recipe in the Failsafe Cookbook.  I make it almost daily for breakfast, and use the extras to make “sandwiches” for lunch.

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp butter, melted

1/4 C sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla (if you can handle it)

3/4 C milk

1 C GF Namaste Perfect Flour Blend

1 tsp baking powder

In a medium bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and milk.  Mix well.  Sift (or if you don’t mind it a little lumpy, you can skip this part) GF flour and baking soda into the wet ingredients.  Mix well.

Let the batter sit while your pan heats up.  Drop by 1/4 C onto the hot pan and flip when edges look dry and bottom is tan.

Hint!

Do not pack the flour.  Spoon it into the measuring cup or else the batter will be too thick.

Baking helpful hints

I have found that when baking using Gluten free flour (my favorite is Namaste GF Perfect Flour Blend) is to ADD THE FLOUR LAST.  I don’t understand the chemistry behind this, but when I am adapting any recipe and using the GF flour, I have found that reversing the typical order- liquids first, add GF flour and baking powder, soda etc last works best.