Rainy Day Foods
At the end of a long day, all you want to do is sit down and relax…but instead you have hungry tummies that need to be fed. The ultimate question—what to fix for dinner. It seems like that is one of the hardest questions to answer after a stressful day. You know you need to make something that will both satisfy the hunger and be nutritious. On the other hand, you just want to give each person a box of cereal and call it good. Why not pick something that is both filling and nutritious and also simple to prepare! That way you can feel good about what you’re feeding your family for dinner and still have time to relax before bed. Using all the ingredients from Rainy Day Foods you can prepare this Potato Surprise in just minutes!
Start by getting a deep, glass dish that is safe to bake. Preheat the oven to 350’.
Take five minutes and mix together in the glass dish:
• 1 ½ cups of freeze-dried ground beef
• ½ cup of freeze-dried garden peas
• ½ cup of freeze-dried green beans
• 1 cup of dehydrated carrot dices
• ½ cup of freeze-dried, super-sweet corn
• 1 ½ cups of elbow macaroni
• 2 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of Montreal steak seasoning
Cover the glass dish with aluminum foil and put into the oven. While it bakes for 30 minutes, go sit down and relax. Once the timer goes off, put ½ cup of freeze-dried, shredded Colby cheese into a cup with ¼ cup of HOT water. Set aside.
Prepare a batch of delicious butter mashed potatoes. Put 3 cups of water with 1 cup of the potato flakes. Microwave for 10 minutes, but make sure to stir at the 5 minute mark. Stir again once it is done, then take out the main dish that’s still in the oven. Spread the potatoes evenly on top of the meat/veggie/noodle dish. Top with the shredded cheese, then bake again for 10 minutes.
And just like that you have accomplished making dinner and gave yourself a few minutes to relax before dinner. Now go enjoy your meal with your family!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Start Your Day Off Right!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It gives you that boost of energy to start your day off right and can determine a lot of how the rest of your day will continue. If you’re the kind of person that skips breakfast or eats doughnuts and other sweets first thing in the morning, you may often find yourself eating other junk foods throughout the day, and may experience things such as mood swings4, fatigue1, overeating3, and even weight gain2. None of that sounds good to me! So why not take a few minutes in the morning to feed yourself something that will in the long run help you with your physical and mental health? When you eat a nutritional breakfast in the morning, you’re very likely to find yourself feeling less hungry all day2 and less tired throughout the day because your body will have the nutrients and vitamins it needs to refuel your energy and strength.1 When you eat a healthy breakfast, you’re more apt to continue your day making healthy choices for snacks and other meals, leading to an overall healthy you. With that chain reaction of eating healthy, it will lend a helping hand in keeping your weight maintainable and healthy.3 Eating a nutritional breakfast every morning can also improve your concentration and performance in your daily activities.2
There are so many benefits to eating a good breakfast, and Rainy Day Foods is here to give you many nutritional meals today as a start for a better tomorrow! With such a variety of foods to offer, you could buy several and have a different breakfast all week long! Some examples of our great breakfast foods include having an omelet or French toast using our eggs, a bowl of cereal topped with our monthly special of strawberry-flavored apple flakes or any of our delicious and real freeze-dried fruits, or some nutritious muffins if you have time to bake. My family’s favorite and “fast” food breakfast is fruit-filled waffles with some fresh orange juice! If you don't have time to make fresh orange juice, try Rainy Day Foods vitamin enriched Orange Drink. It's delicious!
Simply mix together a cup of buttermilk pancake mix and about a half a cup of water, and you will have two delicious and nutritious waffles in 5 minutes!
Here, we added two handfuls of freeze-dried whole raspberries and let them soak in the batter for a few minutes before pouring it into our waffle iron.
Eating Rainy Day Foods for your breakfast can help you start your day off right and prepare you to take on your day! So eat up! And enjoy a healthy breakfast!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
It’s a new year, which means it’s time for a new start! What a great time to refresh and restock your food storage! If you don’t have a food storage supply, now is a great time to start! It’s ideal for emergency preparedness, but it also comes in handy for those days when you just don’t feel like going to the grocery store. Having a food storage comes in handy if you are in the middle of a cooking project and happen to run out of a certain ingredient; it’s nice to have a back-up supply just in case! The other nice thing about having a food storage supply is you can use it to make delicious and nutritious meals even when it’s not an emergency! This Chicken Pot Pie is a perfect example! You can find every ingredient in your Rainy Day Foods food storage!
I started making this chicken pot pie by cooking some chicken in a frying pan with about 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon. While you’re at the oven, preheat the oven to 425 Degrees. (Feel free to use 2-4 teaspoons of gluten-free chicken bouillon and a small can of precooked, boneless chicken from your food storage supply!)
Next make the breading using Rainy Day Foods buttermilk biscuit mix. If you plan on doing a deep dish pot pie like I did, use 4 cups of buttermilk biscuit mix with 1 cup of milk. If you want to use a normal pie pan, use only 2 cups of buttermilk biscuit mix and ½ cup milk. I mixed the two ingredients together in my amazing Bosch compact mixer with the dough hook attachment, but you can use a regular mixing bowl and spoon if you don’t have one.
Roll out about ¾ of the dough until it is big enough to completely line the inside of your greased and floured pie pan.
If you are using fresh veggies, now is the time to chop them. But if you want to save yourself a lot of time, just reconstitute your desired proportions of freeze-dried vegetables from Rainy Day Foods, such as super sweet corn, green beans, garden peas, and potato dices.
Next chop up the chicken.
Once everything is in smaller pieces, combine in a frying pan 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon and 1 cup of water. Once all the chicken bouillon powder is dissolved, add all your chicken meat and vegetables. Stir until everything is warm and there is no more liquid.
Once ready, fill your dough-lined pie pan.
With the remaining dough, roll it out and put it on top, pinching the two edges of dough together, sealing in the veggies and chicken.
Cook for 12 minutes until the bread is a light, golden brown.
Gather everyone around the table and enjoy!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
‘Tis the season of giving. Most people believe in giving presents, and there is nothing wrong with that. Giving thoughtful gifts and necessities to those important people in your life and also to those in need and who can’t afford to do a lot is a great way of spreading Christmas cheer! One of the necessities in life is food. With the help of Rainy Day Foods, we can help you with your gift giving. From a simple, yet thoughtful gift such as the Cup O’Cake Mini Mug Gifts to the more extravagant gifts like the Pizza Gift Pak.
A gift like the pizza gift pak is a great gift to give someone because they don’t have to make just pizza with it. They can use the included Save Time White Bread Mix to make a loaf of bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, and of course pizza dough. Making homemade pizza is a great way to bond with the family. Children love to help out, especially when it comes to fun things like baking. To add some Christmas cheer to this fun meal, ask your kids the question I’m sure every child has said at least a hundred times this year—“Do you wanna build a SNOWMAN?!”
We start by putting 2 tablespoons of instant yeast into a big mixing bowl with 2 ¼ cups hot water (105-110 degrees). Stir, then add 6 cups of the bread mix.
Knead the bread until smooth and elastic. You can also use the dough hook in your Bosch to knead the bread dough on a medium speed for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the dough has been kneaded, let it set for 10 to 20 minutes. Grab a medium-sized ball and roll it out with a rolling pin to make a snowman body.
With the leftover dough, drop the dough into rolls onto a greased pan. Cover with a towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes. Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
While the rolls rise and bake, rehydrate a cup of freeze-dried mozzarella cheese with hot water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then drain the excess water. Then do the same with the freeze-dried colby cheese.
Using the reconstituted cheeses along with whatever other toppings you like, decorate your snowman!
When you’re done, bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Be safe and cherish the memories you make together. From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
During the holidays, it’s a tradition for families and friends to all come together and celebrate. When it comes to celebrations and get-togethers, food is an absolute must-have! Everybody loves food! And when you have a lot of people gathered together, you either need a lot of food or something that’s filling! Twice-baked potatoes are very filling! They are also simple to make, so you can make plenty for everyone with ease, which is great for us because they are definitely a crowd pleaser in our family!
We start by preparing our potatoes. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees. Then lay out one sheet of aluminum foil for each potato. Wash each potato and then slice just a small but long chunk off the top, but put back on the potato to keep the potatoes moist while they bake. DO NOT PEEL YOUR POTATOES!
Wrap the potatoes individually in the aluminum foil and place the potatoes directly into your oven on the wire racks. Bake the potatoes for about an hour and a half depending on how big the potatoes are. For this particular recipe, the bigger the potatoes, the better, but it really doesn’t matter!
Once the potatoes are done, remove the potatoes and leave the oven on. Unwrap the potatoes so they start to cool, and then one at a time, remove the piece you cut off and discard. GENTLY stab the potato with a fork in the area that you cut off, and scoop out the insides and put into a big mixing bowl. When gutting the potato, think of it as if you were making a canoe--try not to scoop too close to the skin of the potato so that it will hold its shape, but try to get as much of the insides out as you can so there’s enough room to fill it with the final mixture.
Once the potato is gutted, set the hollowed-out potato into a big cake pan and set aside. (if you’re traveling, it’s easier to put them into a deep, disposable cake pan).
Now we need to make a delicious batch of creamy soup. Personally, the Gluten-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup tastes the best in this recipe, but you could also use the Creamy Potato Soup, the Gluten-Free Cream of Onion Soup, the Gluten-Free Cream of Celery Soup, or even the Gourmet White Cream Soup. It’s all personal preference.
To make the cream of mushroom soup, mix the soup powder with 1 ¼ cup of cold water in a pot on the stove on a medium heat.
Stirring continuously, let the runny mix heat up until it starts to thicken. You do not want the soup to boil, but heated just enough that it gets the consistency of soup.
Once the mix has thickened into soup, remove from the heat and pour into the big mixing bowl of potatoes.
Once everything is blended together well, scoop the mixture of potatoes into the hollowed-out potato canoes.
Pack the potatoes well and then top with cheese. Put back into the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
Like this idea? Well then you’re in luck because we’ve got these creamy soups as a gift pak for you to give as the perfect gift this holiday season! Plus the shipping is FREE for all of our holiday gift paks!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Nowadays people seem to think that Christmas is all about the gifts they receive and spending money on fancy items or “the latest trend” that they really don’t need. However, that is not what Christmas is about. It’s about being Christ-like and giving to those around you—giving to those in need and giving to those less fortunate; giving a material item or even better, giving your time and kindness to those around you. Good or bad, rich or poor, in the end, we’re all human, and we should do our personal best to show love and compassion to everyone who comes into our lives. Do something so simple as to smile and wish a stranger a happy holiday. Hold the door open for someone. Do a good deed by shoveling someone’s sidewalk or driveway. Or if you can, go a step further and spend a little of your money on a stranger or a few random people. Donate a toy to an organization that will give it to children whose families can’t afford a lot. Give someone in need a few necessities like a blanket or some food. Share some Christmas cheer with your neighbors by surprising them with a nice cup of cocoa.
Make a big batch of hot cocoa in your crock pot just by adding the hot water and hot cocoa mix and stirring it on low until it’s nice and hot. Or if you don’t want to waste any of the delicious hot cocoa mix, use your crock pot to heat up just the water, and then put the cocoa mix into the cups.
For each cup of hot cocoa, I use 3-5 tablespoons of the hot cocoa into each cup, then finish with the hot water.
You can also make a small batch of whipped topping and freezing little dollops of it to serve on top of the hot cocoa. For some added Christmas cheer, you could grind up some candy canes or little peppermints, and sprinkle the powder onto the whip topping dollops before freezing them.
Once it’s ready, pour it into some to-go cups with a bow on top or some cute Christmas mugs to give away to your neighbors. You could even put it in a red solo cup as long as it’s not too hot! Then finish it by attaching a cute little saying on it.
A small act of kindness can start a chain reaction of making this world a better place. So this Christmas season, do what you can to help make this holiday a little merrier for those around you. Ask yourself, what you can do to help make another person’s day a little brighter. So we at Rainy Day Foods would like to make your day a little brighter by giving you the opportunity to win a Mini Mug Pak. Just leave a comment under this post on Facebook to be entered for a chance to win. If you follow this link to our Pinterest page and repin our Hot Cocoa Gift Pak, you will also be entered to win!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
With the chill in the air, there’s no other food that quite warms the body better than a bowl of soup! There are so many different choices of soup to choose from! You could have a bowl of soup every day of the week and not eat the same thing twice! If you’re looking for a gift for someone and aren’t sure what to do, you can’t go wrong with food! Rainy Day Foods has what you need to give the perfect gift!! We have several soups to choose from that are very simple to make and tastes great! And to top it all off, get FREE SHIPPING on any of these orders!!
Here, we’ve made the Creamy Potato Soup
Boil some water on the stove. Add your soup mix. Stir until all the powder is mixed in, then stir occasionally as it cooks for about 10 minutes. Once it starts to set up, it’s ready to serve!
Can’t decide which soup to try? Then buy our Soup Gift Pak that comes with both!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Wintertime is here again. The snow is on the ground, the temperatures are lower, the days are shorter, and water has started to freeze. We as humans seem to forget that when these changes occur, we have to adjust the way we travel. The driving conditions are a lot different in the wintertime than in the summertime. As the snow falls, the roads get wet. If the temperatures get to 30 degrees or lower, then that wet road is going to start to freeze, too. Even if the wet road isn’t frozen, it could still be slick, especially once the sun sets or if the wind has been/is blowing. The holiday season is upon us, and that means there are going to be lots of people traveling in these winter conditions. As you and your loved ones travel, keep my top-five tips in mind to help you and your family get together safely:
1- First and foremost, SLOW DOWN!! From personal experience, this is one of the most important things you can do. It only takes a second to lose control of your vehicle, but if you’re driving slow enough, your chances of regaining control are a lot better. Be sure to pay attention to your surrounding vehicles so that if they are speeding, you can be aware and prepare to slow down or pull over to let them go around.
2- Allow yourself more time to get to your destination. Being late not only offsets your day, but also everyone else's, making for a long, stressful, and busy day for everyone. So instead of causing a chain reaction of people being late, leave at least ten minutes earlier than you normally would. By doing so, you allow for any delays that may occur so that you can still arrive to your destination on time without being tempted to speed and causing any accidents.
3- It’s obvious that in the wintertime you’re going to want the heater on in your vehicle, but you don’t want to get overheated. If you get too hot you tend to sweat, and if you have to get out of your vehicle with wet clothes on, you’re more apt to catch a cold and get sick. In order to avoid this, set your heater on a medium heat instead of straight hot, and set the fan to blow either on the floor and defrost or straight on defrost—that will keep you from getting too hot inside your vehicle while still keeping the inside temperature warm and comfortable. Also it helps to dress in layers—if you start to feel warm, take a layer off before you get too hot. You can always put it back on later if you get a little chilly.
4- Always make sure your vehicle is prepared for the worst. It’s best to always have your vehicle ready for emergency situations. Keep your vehicle stocked with extra coats or a couple blankets, a sealed emergency can with food and water and any other emergency supplies that can come in handy (and a can opener taped to the can so that you can open it), and a mini first aid kit. You should also make sure you have jumper cables in case your vehicle’s battery dies, a cell phone charger for your vehicle in case your cell phone dies, a red flag or small towel just in case you need to get another vehicles attention or become a hazard and need to make sure other vehicles notice you.
5- When traveling long distances, be sure to tell someone where you are going and roughly how long you expect to take to get there. If you end up having to stop or get delayed for more than a half hour, make sure that while you are stopped you check in to let that person know what’s going on. NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE!!! EVER!!!!! In fact, STAY OFF THE PHONE COMPLETELY WHILE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN DRIVE!! If you are traveling alone and need to check in, take a minute to stop safely and make your call or send your text, otherwise have someone else that is in your vehicle do it for you.
Life goes by fast enough as it is!! So much of that time is spent working and doing chores and other duties that keep us from what really matters—spending time with our family and loved ones. That little bit of time we allow ourselves to be with the ones that mean the most should be well spent and cherished! So make sure you and your loved ones travel safely and cautiously at all times, and have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Before we can make this dessert, we must make the gluten-free graham crackers by using Rainy Day Foods Gluten-Free Graham Crackers/Cheesecake Crust Mix.
Step 1-Pour both the red package and the enclosed packet of brown sugar into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Step 2-Cut up 7 tablespoons of butter and add to the mixing bowl.
Step 3-Add in 3 tablespoons of cold water, 3 tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend well. If the gluten-free graham cracker mix feels too dry, add just a little bit more cold water, one teaspoon at a time. Adding too much water will make the dough sticky and hard to work with.
Step 4-Put the dough into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Step 5-Preheat oven to 325 Degrees. Then line two good-sized cookie sheets with aluminum foil.
Step 6-On a clean countertop, roll out two equal-sized sheets of wax paper*. Put half the gluten-free graham cracker dough onto the 1st sheet of wax paper, then put the 2nd sheet of wax paper on top. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly until it is roughly 1/8 inch thick.
*I would recommend taping down the 1st sheet of wax paper to keep it in place.
Step 7-Once the dough is evenly flattened, take the top sheet of wax paper off, grab the bottom sheet of wax paper—keep it tight!—and dump the dough onto one of the cookie sheets.
Step 8-Once the dough is on the cookie sheet, take a pizza cutter and gently cut the sizes of graham crackers desired. Typically, they would be cut into 2 inch by 3 inch rectangles. Then take a fork and gently poke the dough all over.
Step 9-Repeat Steps 6 through 8 to the remainder of the gluten-free graham cracker dough. Then bake both cookie sheets for 16-18 minutes. Take out and let cool completely.
After making the gluten-free graham crackers, we now need to whip up a batch of whip topping. This simple recipe is a 1-to-1 ratio—for one cup of whipped topping mix, add one cup of ICE cold water. I needed a lot of whip topping for a few desserts, so I made this batch using 4 cups of whip topping mix, 1 ½ cups of crushed ice, and 2 ½ cups of ice cold water. To make sure it’s ICE cold water, I substituted roughly 1/3 of the water with crushed ice, but that is entirely optional.
Put the water (and ice if substituting in) into a mixing bowl and add the whip topping powder. Whisk on a low speed for about a minute, or until all the powder is mixed into the water. Once all the powder is mixed in, whip the mixture on a medium speed for 3 minutes, then turn on high for about 5 minutes.
Once the whip topping has taken form, chill for 4 to 6 hours before using. *Please note that once the whip topping is made, it should be eaten within 24hrs.*
Once both the gluten-free graham crackers and the whip topping are ready, it’s time to make the Autumn-Spice Cheesecake!
Start by crushing up some graham crackers. We like a lot of crust in our cheesecake, so I used one whole cookie sheet of gluten-free graham crackers. Once crushed, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and mix with 4 tablespoons of sugar and the gluten-free graham crackers in a round glass dish.
Next, take a 16 oz. softened package of cream cheese and blend with 1 cup of lightly-packed brown sugar and up to 2 cups of Rainy Day Foods Whip Topping.—add whip topping 1/2 cup at a time, then taste test to see if more is needed. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves. This is now your cheesecake filling.
Scoop the cheesecake filling on top of the graham cracker crust and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
**I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EATING THIS WITHIN 24 HOURS FOR BEST RESULTS**
Contributed by Angelia Kunz
Banana cream pie is a family favorite in my household! It’s sweet, simple, and makes for a perfect dessert for any occasion! Where it is such a quick dessert to make, we try to be prepared by having a graham cracker pie crust, a can of whip topping, and a can of instant banana pudding handy for when we’re craving banana cream pie.
Using all the rainy day foods, we start by making a batch of whip topping. This simple recipe is a 1-to-1 ratio: for one cup of whip topping mix, add one cup of ICE cold water. For the banana cream pie, we will only need about one cup, so use half a cup of whip topping and half a cup of ice cold water. Whip them together on low speed for one minute, then on medium speed for three minutes, and finally on high for five minutes. Chill for two to four hours before using.
Once the whip topping is set up, it’s time to make the banana pudding. In a medium bowl, mix one cup of banana pudding mix with two cups of cold water. Stir until the powder is dissolved and the mixture starts to take on the pudding consistency.
Mix together the banana pudding and the whip topping.
Pour into the graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving, then enjoy!
Contributed by Angelia Kunz