Not only do homemade convenience foods save you time and money, they give you the ultimate control of the flavor and quality of your food. Having homemade convenience foods on hand makes it easier to say goodbye to processed foods that are typically high in salt, sugar, fat and additives.
Yes, there is an initial investment of time to prepare your homemade convenience foods, but once they’re in your pantry, fridge or freezer you’ll appreciate…
- the quality of ingredients in your food
- the reduced salt, sugar and fat in your food
- how little or no additives or preservatives are in your food
- how much money you save
- how much packaging you avoid
- the homemade flavor and appearance of your food
Here are a few of my favorite homemade convenience foods separated into various types of recipes.
Homemade seasoning mixes are one of my favorite homemade convenience foods. They’re fun to make, add superb flavor to food, are much less expensive than store bought alternatives and allow you to avoid high levels of salt, sugar, preservatives and fillers often used in commercial seasoning blends.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix
Vegetable Quinoa & Red Lentil Soup Mix
Soup Mixes in a Jar
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix
Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix
Bannock Mix – great for camping
Can of Cream Soup Substitute – Dry Mix Substitute (courtesy of Kathryne at Food Musings)
These beverage mixes are great for yourself, but also make tasty gifts for others. They’re super fun to make and decorate.
Energy Bars & Treats
Save a lot, I mean a lot, of money making your own energy bars. And my word, they’re good! But you have to tuck them away in the freezer and only eat them when you truly need an energy bar – they’re intended to replenish calories you lost while working hard, so they’re higher in calories.
I’ll be adding to this list over time, let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see or if you have any favorite homemade convenience foods.
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