How to Prepare for an Emergency on a Tight Budget?


Another message and another recipe.


This time I’m going to start with the recipe.  It’s called Chicken a la Queen, and it’s great whether you find yourself in an emergency survival situation and living off of your food storage or not.

chicken-a-la-queenChicken a la Queen


2 5-ounce cans of boneless chicken or turkey meat

2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni

½ cup of minced onion

1/3 cup cooking oil

2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce

1 ¼ cups of water

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese. (Of COURSE I use more than that. You can also substitute Velvetta cheese if necessary.


Dice the meat if it is in large chunks.  Set aside chicken in natural juices from the cans.  Be sure the oil is hot before you sauté UNCOOKED macaroni and onion in large skillet, stirring frequently, until macaroni turns slightly yellow.  Add tomato sauce, water, salt, and pepper.  Bring to boil; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Mix in chicken and juices; simmer 5 minutes more. Sprinkle the top with cheese.


For those of you who I’ve heard from constantly that claim you aren’t able to afford to be prepared, this one is for you.


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tight-budgetMore importantly, I have this message to those of you who aren’t able to afford to stock up on food and other supplies in order to be ready in an emergency.  If you are short on money, you need to make up for it in time…time in the library, time on the internet, and time in classes. You need to posses the knowledge which is available freely so that you can sew, make soap, start a fire (preferably outside J), repair shoes, sprout seeds, garden, cook with a Dutch Oven, and so many other life skills that will truly save your life if you’re having to live  off of only what you can garner.  Not having money in this day and age is no excuse for not being ready.  If you have these kinds of skills you will be able to trade for what you need and you will be an asset to your community rather than a liability.  If you’re not building up the Kingdom of heaven, then you’re sucking it dry. So get as much knowledge as possible in this regard.  There are no excuses to not be ready for a disaster.  Just poor choices.


Be safe and be prepared.


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Thanks, I have adjusted my post to “The woman who wrote the original is a good cook and seems to be actively preparing for disaster”. My original entry was too judgemental…so, adjust & repost. Thanks again for a great recipe.

FYI - I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

I read about you on jpodbuild's blog, and followed his link here. Great recipe. Now I'm ready to fire up the coals and break out the dutch oven!

In addition to reading back posts on PP - a real font of wisdom, if you have some spare time read through some of the back issues at Great recipes there too!

In addition to reading back posts on PPro - a real font of wisdom, if you have some spare time read through some of the back issues at Great recipes there too!


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