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Cheap, Healthy Homemade Alternatives to Popular “Convenience Foods” Commonly Used in Recipes

Face it, there are a TON of ingredients that are commonly used in recipes that even the most vigilant home cook routinely reaches for on the grocery shelves without thinking that there may be a cheaper (and healthier) version available.

Here are several of the most common recipe ingredients that I’ve used in my cooking, and the DIY alternative recipes I’ve found for them. Even if you don’t use these all the time (I know life can be hectic!), they can come in handy when grocery sales/coupons are uninspiring, because they are generally way more affordable (even with sales and coupons!)  than their packaged counterparts.

These recipes are all easy, inexpensive and healthy. If you have a few extra minutes of time they are a great alternative to buying the packaged alternatives that are often laden with sodium, preservatives, and unpronounceable chemical additives. If you grow a few of your own vegetables and herbs in the summer, and/or buy spices in bulk, the cost for many of these is slim to nil.



Comments on: "Top 11 DIY Recipes for Cheaper, Healthier “Convenience” Recipe Ingredients…Get Your Grocery Bill Lower Than Ever!" (3)

  1. Hi. I love the site. Thankyou. I’m having trouble with the links on ‘convenience’ foods recipes. When I click them it says that it can’t dislay the pages I’m bursting to try your French Onion Soup Mix. Can you please help – or email me the recipe. Thanks again.


    • Hi Toni! Hmmmm…I’m not sure what’s wrong, the links aren’t working for me either. I’ll try to fix the problem later, but in the meantime, here’s the recipe I use. This makes the equivalent of about 4 packets (use 4-5 TBS to equal one packet):

      3/4 cup minced onion
      1/3 cup beef bouillon powder
      5 tsp onion powder
      1/2 tsp sugar
      1/4 tsp celery salt

      Try cooking a roast in the crock pot using this, a can of cream of mushroom soup (or homemade equivalent) and a few TBS of Worcestershire sauce. Cook on low for 9 hours. Makes it’s own gravy, and soooo good!

      Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Jen, you are an angel .Thanks so much. Sounds yummy. I hope you get the links fixed soon. Keep up the great work.
        Best wishes
        Toni X

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