Monday, February 18, 2013

Processed Food Alternatives

I’ve been trying lately to cut out as much processed foods as possible and make as much as I can from scratch. I’m finding that it’s not quite as hard as one would think. This weekend I made two things that we normally buy premade that we use often. Canned cream soup and chocolate syrup.

Many of the casseroles I make call for cream soup so I often have cans of it on my pantry shelf. I came across this recipe on Pinterest that looked really simple so I figured I’d give it a try.

I gathered my ingredients:

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Added them all into a gallon zip bag:

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Shake it like crazy and you’re done!

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It was SO easy to make and tastes really good! I will never buy another can of cream soup again! I’m going to look and see if I can find some granulated vegetable bullion to use instead of the chicken.

This weekend we also ran out of chocolate syrup…not an uncommon thing in our house. The boys love their chocolate milk plus it’s a great drink to put Monkey’s crushed folic acid pills in…he never notices. A friend of mine recently posted a recipe for a clean chocolate syrup recipe and said that her kids loved it. I figured it would at least be worth a try! I don’t have any photos of this recipe but it was also super simple and really good! The boys didn’t even notice a difference and it’s SO much better for them! I even put a little in my hazelnut coffee! YUM! Here is the recipe so you can try it too! 

I’m going to start looking for other things I can make from scratch to eliminate more processed stuff from our diet. I’m hoping I can find more recipes that are as simple and cost effective as these! I hope you’ll give these a try too! Let me know what you think if you do!