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