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.

School treats rant

This is a rant with a purpose.  It is to inform you all of something that happened to me yesterday.  I hope you will all learn from my mistakes, and maybe offer advice if you’ve been in this situation before.  This is about my DD-9 (High Functioning Autism/ADHD).

Every day I pack a Bento Box with FAILSAFE Gluten free foods for lunch and a little extra for a snack.  If there is a class event, I make sure to bring in a special snack.  But yesterday morning I receive a call from DD’s teacher… she had forgotten to call and let me know that she was rewarding the whole class with doughnuts and orange juice.  OK, so normally, I would rush something appropriate over to the school.  Even in my pajamas.  But, I had Kettle chips in the house and pretty much nothing else DD would eat.  She is super picky and hates most FS foods (but more on that later).   And they were eating RIGHT THEN.  What is a mom to do?

Luckily, DD had told the teacher she couldn’t have orange juice, (excuse me, Sunny Delight) but really wanted the doughnut holes.  My mind racing with the implications- with the biggest one being DD throwing a huge tantrum if she DIDN’T get the treat.  So I tell her that she can give Amelia the doughnut holes, but that by doing so she needs to: a) watch her for signs of tummy issues from the gluten, b) watch her behavior for potential issues from the crap in the doughnuts, and c) make sure Amelia visits the restroom several times throughout the day just in case…

So I get off the phone and beat myself up for the next hour.  It all comes back to ME not being prepared enough with a special treat in the classroom for times like this, ME not having enough food that DD will eat in the house at all times, ME not preparing DD enough for times when she will be confronted with non FS treats.  Ugh!!

K.