I thought it would be fun to do a compilation of our favorite homemade versions of either convenience food or restaurant items. Here are 10 fabulous foods that we make at home!
#1. Homemade Mocha Frappuccinos! These taste remarkably similar to Starbucks, but for a fraction of the price. We like to add unflavored whey protein to ours when using as a morning pick-me-up. Joshua has drank one of these every day for the past year! (Save money by purchasing your cocoa powder at a bulk foods store.)
#2. Papa Murphy's Specialty Pizzas. I started out by creating what we considered the perfect homemade pizza, which surpasses any take-out pizza we've ever eaten. Now, Papa Murphy's keeps sending us advertisements in the mail, so I got inspired by their ads to create my own homemade versions of their pizzas. YUM!
Papa Murphy's pizzas I've created thus far (another one coming tomorrow!):
#3. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets. This was a fun project, and the kids loved all the flavors we made! I'm picky and prefer old-fashioned rolled oats cooked on the stovetop, fresh that morning, but this is a simple and frugal convenience food. :)
#4. Olive Garden Salad and Dressing. I've served this salad to lots of guests and it gets rave reviews! Salads are generally very affordable to make, and having a good salad recipe can be the inspiration needed to create one at home!
#5. Sweet and Sour Chicken. This photo needs updated, but the recipe is excellent. This from-scratch sweet and sour chicken is deliciously similar to the kind we loved at Chinese buffets.
#6. Powdered Hot Cocoa Mix. Super easy, super yummy. No more Swiss Miss packets! :)
#7. Homemade Yellow Rice. Did you know that you can make your own yellow rice? It's delicious and that beautiful yellow color is from turmeric -- a healthy spice. :) We LOVE this yellow rice.
#8. Orange Julius! Joshua is the master behind these. :)
#9. Deluxe Chocolate Cake Mix. This can be made ahead and stored like a boxed cake mix. It's also the best homemade chocolate cake I've tasted! :)
#10. Homemade condensed cream of chicken soup. Just as good as canned -- without the MSG! :) I haven't bought canned cream of chicken soup in over 6 years. This homemade recipe is my own version and it's worked great in everything I've tried! :)
Homemade chicken stuffing mix --like the boxed mixes, only using your own bread crumbs and spices.
Homemade vanilla extract --very nice when we didn't have access to Costco's vanilla. Now that we have Costco, I may just buy theirs when we run out. :)
Dairy kefir --healthy and really affordable to make. (Super easy, too!)
Which of these things have you made at home? Are any of them new to you? What am I missing on this list that I really should try in the future?? :)