Homemade foods give you complete control of what you put in your body. In an era where fast food is at the epicenter of everyone’s lives, one wonders how many people keep track of the amount of artificial product that goes in the quick-fix foods they eat, sometimes on a daily basis.
The myth that “cooking is hard” is far from true. All it takes is simple pre-planning, a list of the foods that you like, and the proper containers, to create meals and snacks that are easy to store, reheat, and eat.
Homemade foods are budget-friendly, and there is no limit as to what you can make. Check out some great, budget-friendly homemade meals that will make you look and feel great.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
A versatile dish, this “soup” can also work as a cream to pour over noodles, tortellini, and spaghetti noodles. It is also great for bread dipping, so one big pot of it can still be re-purposed for a variety of other meals.
- As a steak topper
- As an alternative to butter on mashed and baked potatoes
- Mixed with rice for a heartier dish
Traditional cream of mushroom soup is simple to make.
Cream, or milk, is added to a basic roux, which is a flour and fat mixture that is used to thicken sauces. It is then mixed with mushroom broth. For added consistency, mushroom pieces are also added.
While on the subject of thickening liquids, if you have a family member who has a hard time drinking liquids because of a throat illness or injury, you can add Simply Thick to a liquid and it will thicken it up, making it easier for them to drink it.
Most people enjoy a thicker cream of mushroom soup because of its smoother texture, and because it makes the soup heartier. This makes you feel full faster without having to overeat. Who knew that cream of mushroom soup could be, unbeknownst to many, a very effective “diet” meal!
Green Chile Sauce
This delicious sauce only needs a couple of very inexpensive ingredients. Then, the sauce can be used over and over in other dishes such as fajitas, or even gumbo.
From scrambled eggs to steak topper, green chile sauce has just enough spice to pique your taste buds, without heating your mouth or ruining the taste of the food.
For this sauce, just sautée butter on a saucepan, and then add chopped chilis, salt, cumin, and optional garlic. Substitute the roux with a natural food thickener. This option for thickener has zero carbs, fat, or calories. It is the same goodness, without the extras that we do not want.
All-purpose tomato puree
Let’s face it: Not many of us have the time to make purée out of tomatoes, but we still want to get something we can use for homemade pizza, spaghetti, lasagna and more without added sugar or salt. Most importantly, the texture is everything. Add your tomato puree to homemade pizzas, gazpacho, Italian meals, or for a hearty Bloody Mary.
Homemade meals are excellent for people with a variety of issues including:
- High blood pressure
- Eating disorders
- Trouble swallowing
Having the right tools and the right foods at hand puts you in control of what you put in your body, making your well on your way to better health. Simple things, such as the right flavor and texture, will make you stay away from fast foods, thus enjoying the benefit of eating clean, natural foods with ingredients that are free from preservatives.
Make today your first day of clean, flavorful eating and start your journey to a better “you.” Just make a list of the healthiest foods you like, and get the ingredients that will make those meals acquire the texture and flavor that you desire. The rest is up to you: meal prepping and storing do not have to be time-consuming tasks. Have fun with it and remember that health is life. You are in control!