This is a guest post from Melissa K. Norris
In an effort to keep our grocery bill low and also feed my family healthy foods, we’ve learned the easiest way to do this is to make it at home. Not only does it save us time and money, but by cutting out common ingredients in processed foods, it’s allowed my stomach to heal.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of extra time in my day. Preparing foods that tastes good (because even if it’s healthy if my kids and hubby hate it, it’s wasted) and are healthy are high on my priority. When I find a from scratch homemade version of something that tastes amazing, only contains real food ingredients, and can be made in just 5 minutes, I’m in!
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When I first started reading ingredient labels and investigating the things in the foods I was purchasing and cooking with, I wasn’t very happy with what I found. I embarked on a journey to replace the processed foods we’d come to see as common on grocery stores with homemade versions.
I used to buy cans of condensed cream of chicken and mushroom soup almost every time I went to the store. They went into so many of the casseroles and meals I was preparing. However, those babies can add up and if you start to look at the ingredients… let’s just say they were one of the first things we tossed.
Even if you’re not looking to improve your health, you can make the at home equivalent for less than a dollar, in less than 5 minutes, and that’s with organic ingredients and no preservatives, woot, woot! (I get a little excited about this kind of stuff, if ya can’t tell)
Imagine never having to worry if you have a can of that on hand when you go to prepare a meal and never having to purchase it from the store again. Amazing, right?
Here is what you need:3 Tablespoons butter (or coconut oil) 3 Tablespoons flour (or cornstarch) 1 cup milk or chicken broth salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder (optional)
Step 1: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
Step 2: Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour (cornstarch if you’re gluten free will work, too) and create a thick paste.
Step 3: Pour in 1 cup of liquid. You can use chicken broth, milk, or a mixture of the two. For dairy free use all chicken broth or your favorite non-dairy milk of choice.
Step 4: Stir until liquid is absorbed into paste. Cook over low medium heat for a minute until mixture thickens up. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and onion powder if desired. If mixture is too thick, add in 1/4 cup liquid at a time until desired consistency.
Homemade Condensed Soup
- 3 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons flour or cornstarch
- 1 cup milk or chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder optional
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour (cornstarch if you're gluten free will work, too) and create a thick paste.
- Pour in 1 cup of liquid. You can use chicken broth, milk, or a mixture of the two. For dairy free use all chicken broth or your favorite non-dairy milk of choice.
- Stir until liquid is absorbed into paste. Cook over low medium heat for a minute until mixture thickens up.Add in salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and onion powder if desired. If mixture is too thick, add in 1/4 cup liquid at a time until desired consistency.
For cream of mushroom soup, dice up a handful of mushrooms and saute in the butter for 2 minutes before adding in flour. You may also dice up garlic and onion and saute if you don't have any garlic or onion powder.
Melissa K. Norris believes that the simple things in life are truly the best and that everything just looks better in a Mason jar. Her mission is to inspire people’s faith and pioneer roots. Through her popular blog and podcast, Pioneering Today, she reaches hundreds of thousands of people, inspiring them to live their dreams, while sharing easy tips and ways to live frugal, grow it yourself, and make it at home pioneer style. Her advice has been featured in The New Pioneer Magazine, Self-Sufficiency Magazine, and Molly Green Magazine.