Get Ready Emergency Stockpile Recipes
Announced in March 2012, the contest challenged cooks to come up with a healthy, tasty recipe they could make from non-perishable foods that they would have in their emergency stockpile — no cooking or heating allowed.
We loved these recipes so much we created a cookbook, which you can download now as a PDF.
Congratulations to all of our winners! Here are the top four winning recipes:
• Easy Orange Curry Chickpeas, Jess Apfe, Berkeley, Calif.
Our staff was really impressed by this recipe — several people remarked that they would serve this dish “even if it wasn’t an emergency!” Aside from the great taste, we also liked that the recipe was high in fiber and protein and great for vegans or gluten-free eaters.
• Black Bean Casserole, Sandy Dulany, Springdale, Ark.
This was another popular dish. It was easy to prepare, and the addition of peanut butter added a nice touch of sweetness. As Dulany wrote with her submission, emergencies are more than just tornadoes, so it’s important to get ready for anything that comes your way. “Think snowstorms, power outages,” Dulany wrote. “Life happens — be prepared!”
• Aloha Chicken Poppers, Kadija Anna Bridgewater, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Brigewater describes her Aloha Chicken Poppers this way: “An easy-to-prepare chicken salad with a sweet taste of Hawaii. It is served on crackers, and is sure to be a hit with the whole family!” It was definitely a hit with APHA’s Get Ready team!
• Troubled Times Trifle, Heather Anne Kennedy, Troy, Ohio
This dessert was popular with the Get Ready team, who liked the taste as much as its preparation. We loved that the directions included steps for kids to help out, as preparing food could be a fun way to distract children during an emergency. And we loved Kennedy’s story: “My grandfather always said that a good trifle recipe could settle disputes, reconcile friends and perhaps even stop a war — it’s perfect in good times and in times of crisis.”
All four of our top winners received a three-day emergency kit from the American Red Cross.
We had so many great recipes that we selected four runner-up winners as well:
• Emergency AAC Rolls, Kellie Foglio, Salem, Wis.
• Southern Style “Barbeque”, Jennifer Short, Terra Alta, W.Va.
• Black Bean and Corn Salad, Judy Wu, Evanston, Ill.
• Curried Chicken and Artichoke Salad, Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, S.C.
Visit our Get Ready recipe page and start making this recipes today! (Better yet, print them out and set them aside so you'll know what to make the next time the power goes out and you're eating from your stockpile.)