Why, oh why have I been buying these mixes for so many years?! That's the question of the week.
Annoyed (yet again) by the artificial ingredients and all the salt in the store-bought varieties, I googled "homemade taco seasoning." In seconds, I had a recipe on my screen and was surprised to find that I had all the ingredients in my pantry. Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, pepper, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. I bet you have them too!
One minute later, I'd made my own seasoning mix and felt like such a big girl for doing it. Here is the recipe. And yes, it's delicious!
Same with the ranch dressing. I had every ingredient on hand and tossed them together in a jiffy. Next morning, I mixed a bit of it with a few tablespoons of sour cream and included it in my kids' lunches to go with their broccoli and carrot sticks. They loved it!
Here's the recipe:
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste
This can also be used to make a ranch salad dressing. Use mayo and milk (or buttermilk!) instead of sour cream. It tastes remarkably like the Hidden Valley packet.
I doubled the recipes for these and have them stored in zip-top bags, although at some point, I'll buy more permanent storage containers.
Just about everything we buy in the packaged dry goods aisles at the store, we can make on our own for the same price or cheaper--and definitely healthier!!
I made my own salsa last night, but used my own recipe. Best salsa I've ever tasted. Less chunk, more lime juice, just a hint of cilantro, and a dash of red pepper flakes--exactly how I've always wanted but never found. That's the beauty of creating your own recipe!
I pulled out my yogurt maker again too. (See my post on homemade yogurt) Over the months, I'd fallen prey to buying my own again--mostly because of the hassle of finding something to sweeten it up. That problem is solved when you accustom your palate to plain yogurt, which my daughter and I have. I've actually fallen in love with the tart flavor of plain yogurt. That being said, strawberries were on sale at Kroger this week, so I bought a pint, blended half with a teaspoon of sugar, and stored in the fridge.
I used it on our pancakes (with homemade whipped cream, the leftovers of which I froze in an old Cool Whip container!) and have been drizzling it over our yogurt. Can you say, "yum!"?
What ingredients have you been using that you can make on your own?