Why Homemade is Better

Who has time to make things homemade anymore? In a fast-paced world where convenience is key food has become more of a science experiment and less of a meal. This week, I encourage you to explore making some staples at home.

These are quick, easy recipes for food you’d normally buy. Not only does it taste better, but it’s cheaper too. Added bonus: you know what’s in it. Let go of the stigma that you need to be a stay-at-home mom or Martha Stewart to whip up some satisfying homemade items.

Homemade Applesauce    

homemade applesauce in mason jarIf you have four ingredients and four minutes, you can make this applesauce.    No, seriously. You can get as creative as you like, but bare bones applesauce only requires apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar. I used Sarah’s Applesauce Recipe.

Just peel the apples, use an apple corer, and put them and the other three ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Cook that over medium-high heat until the apples are soft.

Now you can either put that through a food processor or use a potato masher to soften the apples. I used a potato masher for slightly chunkier applesauce. I also used some nutmeg, allspice and apple pie spice for extra flavor.

Keep in mind that the type of apple you use will affect the recipe. If you’re using a sweeter apple, opt for less sugar. For my paleo friend’s out there, choose coconut sugar instead of white sugar. 😉

This is an easy dish to make and store for a few days. It’s kid and adult friendly, too. Plus, this is a delicious evening snack. Just warm it up and add a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Granola 

homemade granola Have you ever bought a bag of granola at the store? Just 10 ounces could run you upwards of $7. Not cool. Homemade granola is a much cheaper alternative and you get to pick the ingredients.

Instead of spending half your time picking around the stuff you hate, just leave it out. Hate raisins? Good. Don’t use ’em.

Making granola couldn’t be easier. You just need one bowl and one baking sheet. The mess is minimal, but the reward is great.

You’ll need some basic ingredients such as rolled oats, brown sugar, and oil. Aside from that you are free to mix and match to your hearts desire. Throw in nuts, dried fruit, vanilla, chocolate pieces or anything else you like.

It only takes about 15 minutes of prep time, and while its cooking you can get in a nice workout. Hello healthy.

There are plenty more foods you can make at home on the cheap. Keep up with my blog as I slowly transform to a paleo diet, make more homemade dishes and find ways to create healthy baked goods. I’ll keep you hungry, I promise. 🙂

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