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One of the nerve racking problems with having a lot of allergies, mostly with a corn allergy, is that buying packaged foods is a crapshoot. You cannot trust something as simple as a bottle of water, cooking oil that claims to be just the oil listed on the bottle, or frozen strawberries that claim to be just strawberries.
|Food is neatly stored.|
How can bottled water be a problem? In the bottling process it is not unusual for manufactures to use corn starch as a lubricant in the machinery. Since it is not an actual ingredient of the product it is not listed as an ingredient on the label. For someone with a body as sensitive as mine this means finding out too late that another packaged food item is not safe. It creates not only a situation where I often waste money, but it means pain for as much as three days.
|The broken ceiling allowed mice in.|
When do I find a packaged food item that works, I, then, find the store is frequently out of that item. To resolve this I took an old coal room, I had been using for a dysfunctional pantry, and made my husband turn it into a decent pantry. I can, now, buy food by the case.
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I'd like to conclude this post with a recipe that uses many of the type of items stored in a pantry.
Sweet Potato Soup
2 c diced sweet potatoes (butternut squash, pumpkin)
1 large diced apple
(1 Tbs minced onions)
1 stalk mince celery
Water to cover (apple juice can be used in place of an apple and water)
Cook until tender. Turn off and cool for handling. Place a cup or two at a time in the blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and cook on medium low heat. Add:
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp ground rosemary
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
(¼ tsp pepper)
1 c almond milk (any milk or cream, or milk or cream alternative)
Simmer 30 minutes or until thick and creamy. Top with roasted and salted sunflower seed. I like to roast the sunflower seeds myself and add Italian seasoning and salt at the end of the roasting.
Alternative roasted toppings:
Serve with Millet Bread.
A sweet alternative, instead of Italian seasoning and salt try cinnamon or pumpkin pie spices and 2 Tbs of your choice of sweetener. Then top with one of these choices:
in bowels made from pie crust
a couple of sugar cookie