This meal is my husbands favorite and it is so easy to cook because most of the ingredients are already prepped. Tomatoes, squash, onion, chicken, garlic, carrots were grown in my garden. I even have a few Bantams (very tiny chickens) in my garden, the rest of my chickens free range around the property. This year 2012, I sold about 300 babies and young hens, butchered and canned around fifty hens and roosters. I feed most of my chickens and turkey’s from scratch as well, I cook up their food every evening. Very easy and almost free!
I buy my beans and spices in bulk and will cook and can a dozen quarts of beans at a time. Canned food only needs reheating and saves time, is easy to store, and if the electricity goes out no worries! I spend one day cooking and canning and I have ingredients for 12 dinners ready to go! You can easily turn this into a vegetarian dish by omitting Chicken and broth substituting liquid with vegetable broth. This meal cost $5.00 for six people. Most of the overhead was from Chicken food, bulk beans and energy cost in processing. I watch the bulk prices for dry goods like grain and beans and buy low. Buying dried goods in bulk saves money and you can store dry goods for years. This year I paid around $60ish for 50 lbs organic beans, rice, or grain and I bought enough for at least 2 years for 2 people.
I have a feeling we will be seeing some hyperinflation because of the Federal Reserve printing unlimited amounts of money and the Federal Government is spending us into unlimited debt. Hyperinflation will mean we still have food on store shelves, however most folk will be unable to afford to buy enough food for survival. Whether or not this happens I have at least a years worth of food stored away and 2 years worth of dried goods. The increase in cost of commodities because of the decrease in the dollars buying ability is happening right now and has been happening since the Federal Reserve took over management of the USA’s currency in 1917. The Fed is not part of our government, it’s a bunch of private bankers who loan us money they make from nothing and charge us interest which sucks the worth out of our currency and the energy out of our economy. So any hard asset you can invest in will only increase in it’s worth as inflation increases. Also you never know what kind of natural disasters are lurking around the corner. We store all our food in steel barrels and we don’t live on a flood plain so all I have to worry about here in Oregon is fire and earthquakes. Buying low and in bulk is a great investment and gives one a sense of security in these uncertain times.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Chicken, what ever amount you want
- 14 oz of Chicken broth
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 butternut squash, large or small, small will give you six servings
- 15 to 16 ounces of cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 carrot, more if you like carrots
- 14 or 15 ounces of stewed diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon or to taste of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of curry
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and cook the chicken, diced onion, and minced garlic with some of the chicken stock down into a rue, which will be dark brown and almost no liquid left. While cooking down the chicken and onions peel, clean and cub squash and carrots. You can dice the stewed tomatoes when you pour into the mixture.
- Add the rest of the chicken stock or liquid, tomatoes with juice and stir the rue into the liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients including all the seasoning, stir and cook for 30 minutes on medium low with lid or until squash is tender. Stir the ingredients in your pan occasionally to avoid sticking. The coating on non stick pans is very toxic avoid at all costs! You can pick up good cookware at estate sales and secondhand stores. The stuff sold from China is awful, slave factory goods that are poorly made!