I'm trying not to think about the possibility of being laid off and yet be prepared at the same time. So today I was looking up lentil recipes. I bought a bag of lentils over a month ago and I still haven't tried them. They aren't that scary...I think. I found some recipes that sounded good at allrecipes.com for lentil soup, lentil stew, spinach and lentils, chicken and lentils, etc... I am going to try them....soon. Maybe tomorrow.
I am also considering buying a large amount of rice and beans just in case. I have a friend who is a member of the LDS church and he enthusiastically provided me with all sorts of info on food stockpiling and storage. Ok, I don't have the money for a 3 years supply at the moment but it wouldn't hurt to have a 90 day unemployment supply. I even looked in to buying military MRE's (meals ready to eat) but at $5.75/ea. they weren't very economical. Plus they only last a year and a half in temperatures of over 100 degrees. Not good for Arizona. I would actually have to eat them before they went bad :) and no one wants to HAVE TO eat a case of MRE's. Maybe I should stick with rice and beans.
I'm going to think about this some more and make a list of low cost, long-lasting food that I already eat so that I can start building my emergency unemployment food fund. Any ideas?