Now you have a food supply. The power goes out and there sits your food, staring at you, daring you to find something to make that your family will actually consume. You begin to hallucinate. Images of Pop Tarts and frozen pizza fill your brain.

Well snap out of it. There is no place for Pop Tarts in a preparedness program. Not that they would go bad quickly. They are  not real food and lack the capacity to rot the way a carrot does. But still not anything one would bother stocking up on. But what will you eat? Managing you food supply means having a menu plan at your finger tips. The last thing you need in any crisis is lack of directions. Pull out your preparedness notebook and the meal plan should be on the first page. I am assuming you have secured a way to cook but I am also assuming no frozen foods. If you have a freezer and need to eat down before things thaw, your menu plan will have to reflect that.

Breakfast. Assume coffee,tea, milk or hot chocolate

Toasted bread with peanut butter and honey-canned fruit

Pumpkin muffins with raisins-fruit juice-

Blueberry pancakes with syrup or fruit sauce-

Scrambled eggs-toast-fruit juice

Rice cooked in milk and raisins

oatmeal with dried apples and cinnamon

French toast with fruit sauce

Lunch. Assume milk is served with each lunch

Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes

Vegetable soup and toast

Tuna sandwiches and carrot sticks

Chili and bread sticks

Chicken and rice

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and canned fruit

Chicken soup and toast

Dinner. Assume milk and extras like pickles, applesauce and canned fruit

Chicken and dumplings

Stew and biscuits

Rice and beans

Ham and potatoes with green beans

spaghetti and sauce

Chicken and rice curry

Lentil soup

Snacks and desserts

 Cookies, dried fruit, pudding, jello, cheese and crackers, yogurt

Add a daily multivitamin and be sure to include a fruit juice with vitamin c and milk or other high calcium drink. This is pretty basic but it will keep you in good shape and is not bland or boring. It does demand that you reconstitute milk, bake bread and maybe make some yogurt or cheese. I would be willing to bet that this is a better diet than many people get on a regular basis. It is also fairly simple although not fast food.

Today is a short post. I have to go to town and work in the garden.