For a few years now, I’ve been amassing a collection of basic recipes to try and move away from processed foods. Some I’ve tackled, some are still waiting for the right moment. My move away from processed foods has taken me on a journey of finding out exactly what is in all the pre-packaged foods at the store, how it was made, and how far it had to travel to get here. The answer to those questions for most the food in the store is quite scary. The good news though: many of the beloved processed foods can be made at home with less ingredients and often taste a lot better.

Below is a starter list of recipes for pantry staples (I could easily continue to add to this!) I’d love to get your input on recipes you’ve tried or ones you’ve been eyeing (like me!) What I usually find out is that while I think it’s going to be hard, most pantry staples are quite easy to make!

Dairy:

Ricotta 
Mascarpone
Cream Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Goat Cheese
Crème Fraîche
Yogurt (regular) (or you can make it in a crockpot too)
Yogurt (Greek)

(and if you want to get into some serious cheese making-I’ve been eyeing this book).

Condiments/Spreads/Sauces 

Ketchup
Mustard(or you can get adventurous and make Spicy Guinness Mustard)
BBQ Sauce
Pesto (or try a spin with pistachio-parsley pesto)
Hummus (or try a variation like Roasted Garlic and White Bean)
Salsa (or try variations like fresh tomato salsa or Roasted Tomato and Corn Salsa)
Jam (I used this recipe made with honey to can last summer)
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Tahini
Pasta Sauce (or a Roasted Tomato Sauce)
Mayo/Aioli

Dressings/Hot Sauces:

Ranch
Blue Cheese
Vinaigrette 
Hot Sauce
Sriracha 

Crackers:

Cheese-its (or Goldfish Crackers or Gluten Free Cheese Crackers)
Vegan and Gluten Free Crackers
Wheat Thins 
Graham Crackers
Animal Crackers

Breads/Tortillas:

wheat bread

Wheat Tortillas
Corn Tortillas
Homemade Bread (or try your hand at some Challah)
English Muffins
Whole Wheat Pita
Naan
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Croissants 
Whole Wheat Bagels

Miscellaneous:

Whole Wheat Pasta (or Ravioli!)
Marshmallows
Granola
Fruit Leather
Kettle Corn
Homemade Larabars

christmas granola

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