The more I read ingredients labels, the more easily convinced I am that getting rid of anything that has an ingredient label is a really crucial goal. Just try to keep track of the number of time you see “soy” and “corn” as you peruse your cupboard. (See two gals who think soy is the worst food you could put in your mouth here.)
That brings us to our next Monday Mission:
Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to find one box or bottle in your house that you think you can make yourself, find a recipe for a homemade version, and try it out.
If the recipe is a success, commit to never buying that package again (except in times of duress, like new babies or other big stresses).
Many of you may have tried this already with one or more items, and that’s great! It’s practically a necessity if you want to make healthy foods that your family enjoys. If this is the case, I’ll challenge you folks who’ve had some experience with homemade renditions to revamp an entire recipe to cut out the processed food ingredients.
We’re talking both main dish recipes that include convenience items you want to avoid, like onion soup mix or ranch dressing mix as well as breakfast or snack recipes that you want to give a nutritional boost.
If you’re a seasoned pro, please help out those baby steppers who are dying to make their husband’s favorite such-and-such with real food ingredients.
The conversation in the comments on this post about reverse engineering a recipe for real food quality is spectacular. That whole post is a good read if you need more info about how to go about reverse engineering a recipe to replace conventional ingredients with real food replacements. It covers substitutions for common recipe ingredients, such as:
- corn syrup
- cream of ____ soups
- white flour
- white sugar
- corn or soybean oil
- canned chili beans
- tomato soup
What else is in the ingredients on your boxes and cans or favorite recipes that you need a real food replacement for?
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This mission is mostly about recipes you already make at home, like these cream of chicken soup casseroles (with reverse engineering instructions included). You can also learn to make store-bought foods from scratch, like crackers, salad dressings and more.
I reverse engineered my husband’s favorite meal, Pepper Steak.
Another family favorite is this homemade hamburger helper.
Here are some other recipes that can replace their storebought counterparts:
- Spicy Cheesy Chicken Dip Recipe
- Ranch Dressing Mix
- Homemade Wheat Thin Style Crackers
- Real Food Stovetop Stuffing Chicken Casserole
Need More Baby Steps?
Here at Kitchen Stewardship®, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
That’s why we took the best 10 rookie “Monday Missions” that used to post once a week and got them all spruced up to send to your inbox – once a week on Mondays, so you can learn to be a kitchen steward one baby step at a time, in a doable sequence.
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