Make Instant Dehydrated Pasta

Instant Pasta On-the-Go for Quick Meals Pasta is a great base for healthy, nutritious and satisfying backpacking or on-the-go meals. It provides our body with glucose—the “fuel”, to power muscles and brain. As a complex carbohydrates, pasta digested more slowly that ensures a steady release of energy to keep you… Read more“Make Instant Dehydrated Pasta”

“Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets—Inexpensive, Easy, and Versatile Updated May 1, 2017 with Vegan/Lactose-free options and 10 new flavors added! It is so easy to make your own oatmeal packets just like you find in the stores with as many flavors as you can think… Read more““Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors”

Master Convenience Mix Hacks, a Busy Cook’s Best Friend

Learn the Shortcuts to Making FAST Meals As I sit here reading the newest list of manufacturer’s food recalls, the absolute certainty I was correct in staying with simple, unprocessed and locally sourced foods eases my mind. Do I succeed 100% of the time? No. But the more I see these recalls growing… Read more“Master Convenience Mix Hacks, a Busy Cook’s Best Friend”

5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods

Just 5 EASY steps to unprocessed, chemical-and-preservative-free, pronounceable ingredient freedom for MUCH less cost. When you compare boxed baking mixes vs. homemade baking mixes, you will see that you are paying almost 40% more money for the convenience. And the time involved? Well, follow me for a moment in this… Read more“5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods”

What is a Homemade DIY Convenience Food?

What they are and why you should make them Convenience Food is anything that comes in a box, bag, pouch or container of some kind at the grocery store. Baking mixes, cake mixes, flavored rice & pasta side dishes, seasoning & flavoring packets, herb & spice blends, condiments, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper dinners, and more are all… Read more“What is a Homemade DIY Convenience Food?”

Dehydrator Hack: Keep Lemons from Darkening

I have had a hard time keeping my lemons a pretty yellow color when I dehydrate them. I have looked for answers and tried several things, but nothing has worked. Then my friend Jennifer Osuch from Self-Reliant School shared her article with me where she experimented with the same problem. So… Read more“Dehydrator Hack: Keep Lemons from Darkening”

Make Natural Decaffeinated “Black” Teas

~The Flavor of Black Tea without the Caffeine plus 5 Recipes for your Favorite Tea Blends~ Have you been told to cut back on caffeine? Or maybe you would just like to enjoy a cup of your favorite tea before bedtime without ending up wired for sound? Well, NOW you… Read more“Make Natural Decaffeinated “Black” Teas”

All Things Coffee ~ 8 Hacks for Coffee Lovers

Coffee Lovers, This is for You! Do you like your COFFEE as much as we do? There are so many ways to prepare and flavor our favorite brew. Whether you like flavored beans, creamers, International Coffees, iced coffee, or even Coffee Liqueur, we have recipes for it all you can… Read more“All Things Coffee ~ 8 Hacks for Coffee Lovers”

30+ Dehydrating How-tos & Hacks

Did you know 21st Century Simple Living has over 30 “How-to” articles to date on our website covering the step-by-step procedures to dehydrate many of the items you may be wanting to store in your pantry? TIP: Keep a Dehydrating Journal so you know what you have done and can easily… Read more“30+ Dehydrating How-tos & Hacks”

Bean Flour Dry Mix Recipes

~~~Including recipes for Instant Refried Beans Mix, Instant Black Bean Dip Dry Mix, Corn Bread with Pinto Bean Flour, and Black Bean Tortilla Dry Mix along with links to other recipes~~~ 2015 was “The Year of the Bean” at Casa Colleen’s. I resolved to replace many meat dishes with beans. In addition,… Read more“Bean Flour Dry Mix Recipes”