DIY Pantry Recipes

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I’ve been making a big effort to clear out as much processed foods from our diet, and cut down on the excess sodium, additives, GMOs and preservatives. I’ve found some great ways to cut the junk without sacrificing flavor or the convenience of the little things that make our meals quick and easy, while also tasting sooo good. While I haven’t been able to let go of the Chili Cheese Frito’s or Oreos just yet, we’re picking our battles, and DIY Pantry by Kresha Faber has been wonderfully helpful. This book is packed with recipes for all-natural kitchen staples—from pastas, stocks, spices, snacks and more.

Here are a few staples I’ve already made and enjoyed, and keep conveniently in mason jars to always have on-hand. Enjoy!

Dry Onion Soup Mix

The store-bought powdered dry onion soup mix that comes in a package contains anti-caking agents, preservatives, and other additives, but this homemade onion soup mix features all whole-food ingredients that taste fresh and would also be great on a pot roast or added to some French Onion Chip Dip since it makes a quick addition and adds a ton of flavor to each dish.

Ready in: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 8; Makes 2 cups dry mix

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups dried onion flakes
  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together until combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for 6-12 months.
  3. To use in recipes, use ¼ cup in place of one onion soup packet.
  4. To prepare as soup, stir ¼ cup into 1 cup boiling water. Serve immediately

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

This recipe is your whole food answer to the little packets of dry ranch powder that are so easy to mix up but that contain more artificial ingredients than natural ones. Use it for ranch dip, ranch dressing, or your favorite party chip dip.

Ready in: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 16; Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Mix ingredients well and store in a sealed container for 6-12 months.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of the mix with ½ cup mayonnaise and ¼ cup sour cream for ranch dip.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of the mix with ½ cup mayonnaise and ⅓ cup buttermilk for ranch dressing.
  4. Adjust to taste. Shake well before serving. Once mixed, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Taco Seasoning

You might be able to make tacos without lettuce or tomatoes on hand, but you can’t make tacos without taco seasoning. Unlike some store-bought versions, this taco seasoning features spices and nothing more—no preservatives, no anti-caking agents, no hydrogenated oils—so mix up a batch to keep at the ready!

Ready in: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Mix together all ingredients; then store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

 

The DIY Pantry Homemade Recipes Book

DIY Pantry by Kresha Faber breaks free from processed foods and teaches readers how to make healthy, delicious meals for the entire week, without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank.

Check it out!

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