Ditch the Prepared Foods Section: 8 Things to Make At Home

If you’re ready to up your kitchen game, consider ditching the prepared foods section and making your own pesto, salsa, yogurt, and more. The bonus is you get to customize it exactly to your liking.

Here are a few ideas to get your food processor working. Tell us how it goes or what else you like to DIY.

Pesto

Pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, basil, and olive oil are all you need to make flavor-packed pesto sauce (parmesan optional). Use it as a base for pizza, a pasta sauce, or dip your bread into it. Whatever you do, be sure to mop the the bowl clean with your bread (or finger) when you’re done.

Hummus

Hummus makes a good healthy snack or a light meal on a hot day when I don’t want to cook, so I like to keep it on hand. Sometimes it’s homemade, sometimes it’s store-bought. I find that boiling the chickpeas myself makes the hummus extra creamy. I also add more water than is recommended—it prevents the hummus from getting thick in the fridge, but you can always stir in a few teaspoons of water later. Customize with roasted garlic, peppers, or my favorite: Za’atar.

Salsa

Salsa is so versatile that it’s better to custom make it at home. You can control your level of spice with the number of peppers and chilis you throw in. You can decide whether to add cilantro or not. You can also make an uncooked pico de gallo instead.

Guacamole

Buy more chips and make yourself a nice big bowl of guacamole. Just like salsa, you can customize it to your level of fiery.

Yogurt

Olivia Dolce inspires us to make coconut-milk yogurt at home. It just takes a few minutes of whisking and then a day or two sitting on the counter. Then she can customize it with her own favorite toppings and far less sugar than the pre-made varieties.

Cheese

Erin Burchfield assures us that homemade cheese is easier than we think. You will need a few supplies to get started. Be sure to add a baguette to your shopping list to enjoy with your creation.

Barbecue sauce

The baked beans and dipping sauce for chicken nuggets is going to be so good when you make it yourself. Jill over at The Lake Kitchen shares her recipe for molasses BBQ sauce that’s making mouths water all over town!

Oat milk

Soaking oats for about 20 minutes and then the steps for draining it only take about 5 minutes (give it 10) then you can use your homemade oat milk in your coffee or on your cereal for about a week. Bonus, it’s super cheap to make!

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Candace Nelson

In the mountains or water debate, Candace Nelson, MS, CN chooses water every time. She is a licensed nutritionist and loves taking any fitness class that makes her forget she's working out. Read more at candacenelson.net



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