Many people refuse to cook food from scratch because it takes a lot of time and effort. While it’s true that cooking from scratch takes a lot of time and effort, it can be healthier and money saving. When considering cooking from scratch, it’s important to decide which foods are worth cooking from scratch and which aren’t. For example, if something can be healthier and cheaper if you make it from home, then you should make it from scratch. But, if you can purchase a food from a store for around the same price and nutritional value, then you skip the cooking and purchase the food from the store. To give you some ideas of foods you can make at home, check out these five foods you should make from scratch!
1.) French Fries
Many people have the misconception that frozen french fries are healthier than french fries from restaurants or fast-food places. Unfortunately, they aren’t healthier. In fact, frozen french fries are already deep fried. So, you’re not doing your health any favors by swapping hot and ‘fresh’ french fries for frozen ones. Instead of putting more toxins in your body, you can easily make your own french fries by simply cutting a potato in long fry-like strips, tossing them in olive oil, and then putting them in the oven. You can even create a sweeter alternative by using sweet potatoes!
2.) Almond Milk
Almond milk is known to be a healthier alternative to regular milk. But, store bought almond milks tend to have chemical stabilizers and thickeners which diminish the nutritional value of almond milk. We almost forgot how pricey almond milk can get. But, you can avoid the added chemicals and expensive price by making your own almond milk. You’re going to be surprised to learn how easy it is to make almond milk. All you need is almonds, maple syrup, and water. After only a few steps, you’ll have fresh almond milk and you can use the leftover almond meal as almond flour. If you prefer another nut milk, you can use that designated milk instead of almonds. For example, cashews are a great substitute for almonds.
How could we not include cookies on our list? Making cookies from scratch is like a staple of growing up. Most of us should remember making cookies from scratch, at least once, with one of our family members. The great thing about making cookies from scratch is, it is extremely difficult to mess up baking cookies. Cookies are simple to make, and recipes allow for mistakes and cooking creativity. Also, like every other food on our list, you will get to control the amount of sugar are in your cookies. The last benefit to making cookies from scratch is that you are less likely to pig out on the cookies. Baking usually takes a lot of time, so by the time the cookies are done, you will most likely want to only eat a few and savor them.
4.) Baby Food
While general baby food is often budget friendly, it often includes a lot of additives. If you purchase organic baby food, then you already know that it can be pricey, and there still can be a good amount of additives. To lower the cost and eliminate additives from the food your baby consumes, simply make baby food from scratch. It is a lot easier than you think! All you need is vegetables and fruits that are already peeled. Make sure that they are cold, then blend them with a substantial amount of water. Within a few minutes you will have a puree-like substance that your baby will love!
5.) Veggie Burgers
While frozen veggie burgers are a delicious substitute for meat, they often are filled with random ingredients and preservatives, and are pricey. Luckily for you, veggie burgers are extremely easy to make! The base of a veggie burger is typically beans. You can make your burger out of just beans, or you can add rice and other vegetables to your patty. After you make your veggie burgers, you can throw the extra patties in the freezer, and reheat them another day.