I want to share with you my four favourite recipes. These recipes are simple (around 5 minutes to prepare, with common ingredients), and every one of them replaces a store-bought product that costs much more, and has less flavour!
Going through the grocery aisles these days, instead of seeing ingredients you will often see a complete or nearly complete dish awaiting you on the shelf. Frozen pizzas, jars of pasta sauces, stir fry mixes.
In our hectic lifestyles this might seem like the best choice for you, but they eat through your wallet, as well as creating a disconnect between you and your food. Instead of enjoying the process of cooking, and excitement of trying out a new dish, you can get caught up just throwing together a meal in the shortest time possible, and eat it quickly so you can get back to whatever else you are doing.
Instead, here are some great alternatives to store bought meals and foods.
My number one recipe has to be pancakes. A delicious treat, great topped with jam or syrup.
I used to buy these from a shaker bottle, because it was easy and I had no idea how to go through the difficult process of making a pancake from scratch. All I had to do with the shaker was fill it with water, and shake it for a minute to mix it.
Shake for a minute? That’s actually more work than mixing it from scratch! And you pay $2-3 for the privilege. I found this recipe on a recipe-sharing site, I forget where.
Here is my simple recipe for home-made pancakes:
1 cup of milk
1 cup of self-raising flour
Throw it in a bowl and whisk it for about 5-10 seconds
Since this was so easy, I filmed a short video while making them this morning for fun:
This one is barely a recipe, but I wanted to add it since I used to buy jars of pasta sauce every time I wanted to make a pasta dish. If that’s you too, read on.
My recipe for pasta sauce:
1 tin of tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1-3 cloves of garlic, chopped or crushed (adjust quantity to your taste)
(optional) whatever herbs you have on hand
Fry the onion and garlic on a low heat, to bring out the flavours and soften the onion
Add the herbs and tomatoes, and cook on a medium heat until you are happy with the consistency. This should be around 2-10 minutes based on your preference.
That’s all! Just a couple minutes of chopping, and you can let it cook for around the same time as your pasta.
I’ve bought frozen pizzas, takeout pizzas, and on days when I felt more adventurous, ready-to-use pizza dough. But I didn’t think I would ever make pizza dough, since it takes so much effort to mix, knead, and wait for it to rise.
That was until I found a no-knead, no-rise pizza dough! It has 7 ingredients, all of which are pantry staples (if you’re missing any, you can just buy it since the ingredients can all be stored for a long time).
Instead of copying out the recipe, here is a link to the website that gave me this recipe. They deserve the recognition for coming up with such an awesome, easy pizza dough:
I’ve also used this recipe to make a quick naan-style bread by frying it on a high heat, and it works wonderfully.
I hope that these recipes have helped you, or inspired you to try making something different from scratch! Do you have any simple staple recipes you love to use? Share them below in the comments section.