Healthy eating is something we all strive for so, instead of buying prepared foods from the store, make good-for-you foods right at home. You’ll not only save your body from ingesting preservatives and other additives, but you’ll also save money.
You can make many delicious foods at home with a few simple ingredients, even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen.
Hummus is a favorite dip for the health conscious, and it’s so easy to make at home. Basically, it has a few main ingredients — chickpeas, garlic, cumin, lemon juice and tahini. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds that you can also easily whip up in your own kitchen.
Hummus is simple to make. Soak dried chickpeas overnight and then cook them for a couple of hours or until soft. Then mix the chickpeas with the other ingredients until a paste-like consistency. Enjoy on crackers or vegetables.
Guacamole is a must for Mexican dishes and also great as a dip. Like hummus, it has a few ingredients, so it’s super easy to make.
Simply remove the pulp from a ripe avocado and mix it with garlic, onions, colored peppers and lemon or lime juice. You’ll find a variety of recipes for guacamole, so try out different variations until you find the one you like best.
Some recipes call for diced tomatoes or even cilantro, so you can make it to suit your taste.
Salsa is another food that is great as an appetizer or a topping to spice up other dishes. You’ll find this very simple, and it’s full of vegetables, making it so good for you, too!
Like guacamole, you’ll find variations for salsa recipes. Some of the main ingredients are tomatoes, onions, pepper and cilantro.
Dice the fresh vegetables up and sprinkle with a little lemon or lime juice to make a healthy, chunky salsa for chips or for topping tacos. For a sweeter version, try a fruit salsa recipe with cinnamon sugar chips for a light dessert option that anyone will devour.
Invest is a mandolin if you don’t already own one, and use it to make chips from just about any kind of root vegetable, including sweet potatoes (yum!)
You can control how healthy your chips are by choosing the method of cooking — baking or frying, and choosing healthier alternatives over plain potatoes, like beets or even turnips.
The very basic tortilla recipe requires only have four ingredients: flour, oil, water and salt. Mix these together and roll into balls and then roll or stretch them out flat to fry. Cook them in a pan with a little oil, turning them over to brown on both sides.
These will go great with your salsa and guacamole, and you can freeze them until ready to eat.
- Granola Bars
Granola makes a good snack for anyone wanting to eat healthier and skip the junk food. Making it yourself gives you the control over what’s in your snack.
Mixing up granola is pretty straight forward. Choose what you’d like to add, like walnuts, raisins, slivered almonds or maybe dark chocolate chips. It’s up to you. Mix a handful these with a handful of oats in a bowl and drizzle with few tablespoons of honey. After mixing well, spread the granola onto a baking sheet and cut into bars when cool.
You can also find other recipes for homemade granola bars to try online.
Canned soups are often full of preservative and other ingredients you don’t want. Making your own soup using only fresh ingredients is better for you and also tastes better. You can customize your soup, using the fresh vegetables you love and even make portions to freeze for later. You can also add tender meats if you like.
When you make your own soups, there are endless possibilities for combining ingredients to create delicious good-for-soups for the whole family.
- Salad Dressing
Depending on what ingredients go into a salad dressing, it can be healthy or loaded with unwanted fats or other ingredients. Make your own and control what goes into your salad dressing so that salad doesn’t take an unhealthy turn once you’ve doused it with a little flavor.
Two good basic salad dressing ingredients are balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mix either with rosemary, bay leaves, garlic and other spices to create your own tasty salad dressing.
To save money and eat healthily, take time to educate yourself about all the foods you can make at home. You may be surprised by what you find.