Ready or Not #248: Olives and Italian Pasta

So do you need another reason to build your food storage?  I’ve got one for you.  I didn’t have lunch.  Okay, it was my own fault and not your problem but I was pretty miserable.  I should have been better prepared.  And I was, but all that preparedness was at home.

Now, liken that to you being at home and hungry, but all of the grocery stores are empty and you can’t just go home to eat (Remember?  You are already home.)  Now in the scenario above I just missed one meal, but if you haven’t prepared your family like in this scenario – then you are just out of luck.

If you are still doing the 15 minute getting prepared exercise like I suggested in article #245, you are going to be so far ahead of those who are still just in the thinking mode.  Those ‘thinkers’ are going to be a lot hungrier than you.  Congratulations on getting prepared.

While you are using your 15 minute block of time perusing the ads for good food deals, you might want to consider buying some olives.  That is if you like olives and your family eats them.

Yes, you can put olives on pizzas and you can eat them as a side dish (fingertip food) or you can include them in one of my favorite recipes.  This is the real reason you want to buy olives.

Italian Pasta Salad

1 small bag of rotelle pasta (I prefer the colored ones.  Not for the taste, but for the visual appeal)
1 small bag frozen broccoli
1 small bottle of Italian dressing
1 can medium black olives (cut olives in half; it is easier to get them on the fork that way)
Grated Parmesan cheese

Boil the pasta al dente (soft to the tooth), drain and cool down with cold water.  Run the broccoli under hot water until thawed and then cool down with cold water.  Put pasta, broccoli and olives in a large bowl. Pour Italian dressing over contents, add a bit of Parmesan cheese and toss.  Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan on top as a garnish and serve.

(You can also use the seasoning mix for Italian dressing that you make on your own with oil and vinegar. Both work well with this recipe.)

I love this salad and could make a whole meal of it.  Come to think of it, I have.

Buying these little extras, like olives, to compliment a main course really makes the difference in how much we enjoy our food.  And if you are eating nothing but food storage, those little things make a really BIG difference.   Some of those other foods that are as important as olives, at least to me, is sliced mushrooms, water chestnuts, salsa, black beans and other little ‘extras’.

Actually, black beans aren’t usually used as a side dish, but sometimes they are the perfect complement to a meal and it just wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t there.  Herbs and spices are also very important to keep plenty on hand.

If you have never bought a case of olives or mushrooms, rush out and do it today – or with your next paycheck.  It will give you a thrill and it will also get you started building a well-rounded food storage.

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