There is (or was, don't know if it's still on other than in re-runs) a show on Food Network called "Chopped". The premise is that 4 chefs are given a basket of food and they have to prepare 1 of 3 meals using what's in the basket, along with a pantry of other fresh items. There would be 3 rounds, appetizer, main dish & dessert. Chopped - Survival will be similar but, sadly, there will be no $10,000 prize for first place . The idea here is that given a set of items you may/may not keep in your LTS (long term storage) you have to use the items and whatever YOU normally have in your preps. I think this will help everyone think outside the box, so to speak, on different ways we can use our preps in a time of need. Rules or guidlines (can be modified as we go, since I'm making this up ) Must use all ingredients specified Can use items you normally store Can use "fresh" harvest/kill items (like, say you went squirrel hunting and now you have a mess of squirrels to eat up ) I'm open to modifying as we go, and can make new "Chopped" threads or continue with new "rounds" in this thread. So here goes ingredient list 1: Package of Ramen FD veggies FD Meat Fresh Kale My take, either a stir fry or soup with the ingredients. For stir fry, adding in some water chestnuts and pine nuts from the pantry adds a bit of flavor, use fresh onion and garlic if possible. Bring water to a boil and re-hydrate the FD meat and Veggies. Remove the items from the water then cook the noodles. In another pan toast the pine nuts for a minute or two to bring out the aroma then add some oil (bacon grease works great ) and the meat and veggies(this basically removes the excess water and can brown the meat). Add fresh onion & garlic if available or add powdered later. Toss in the cooked ramen and water chestnuts then add the kale for just a minute (until the color turns dark green). If using powdered onion/garlic add that now with either the ramen seasoning packet or your own blend (salt, pepper, etc.) I would like to see your take on using these ingredients.