Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stocking the Basics

In this post I referred to running out of my staples, the basic foods I keep on hand. I thought I would do a post listing them for my own reference when stocking up. I use canning jars to freeze the liquids and soups, and glass or plastic "Lock and Lock" containers for the muffins and baked goods. I keep the granola, yogurt and cream in the refrigerator.

#1 Chicken Broth

This is my #1 healing food and the basis for a quick soup. If my digestion is off I drink a cup of broth for breakfast and it gets me off to a good start. I like to store it in the freezer in various sizes of containers. A half pint is perfect for a serving and a quart is enough for making soup. Some favorite recipes that use this broth are Chicken Casserole, Funeral Zucchini, 10 Minute Chicken Thai Soup, and Cream of Mushroom Soup.

#2 Healing Chicken Soup

I like to always have this soup in the freezer. Sometimes I can't eat the meal I made for my family, or I have been gone all day and need something quick. This soup is my version of the Phase 1 soup of the SCD.

#3 Granola

This granola has gotten me through many vacations. It is portable, nutritious and filling. My favorite way to have it is over yogurt and I always try to have it with me when I am out of town because it can be a meal in a pinch.

#4 Yogurt

I cannot say enough about SCD Yogurt. It is the basis of many recipes, is loaded with probiotics to help heal your gut and keep you healthy. It can be made into sour cream or cream cheese. I especially love this cheesecake made with it. Another favorite is this Yogurt and Fruit Sundae topped with granola.

#5 Whipping Cream

It really isn't a necessity but I like to keep whipping cream on hand for a quick dessert. It is great with some fresh fruit. It is also an ingredient in many soups and recipes, some of my favorites are Lemon Pudding, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Creamed Spinach, and Banana Cake .

#6 Crumb Topping

This crumb topping can be made up and frozen, then sprinkled frozen on top of fruit and baked for a quick dessert. Mrs. Ed used it for her Caramel Apple Tart. The possibilities are endless!

#7 Muffins

I like to have a few dozen muffins or some kind of bread in the freezer to add to a meal of soup or scrambled eggs. They freeze well and defrost in the microwave in 30 seconds. My standby's are Chocolate Muffins, Banana Almond Muffins, and these Pumpkin Muffins.

#8 Brownies

If you read this blog much you know I have a thing with chocolate. Sometimes I just need a fix and that is why I keep these brownies on hand in the freezer. Note: chocolate is not legal on the SCD. My other chocolate fix is cookies which can also be frozen.


  1. This is a great post Karen...makes me want to get more organized. Your granola sounds good too!

  2. Thanks Ina, it may look like I am organized but I have a long way to go! I have lots of ideas just no time to implement them!