Food & Diet
5 Prepackaged Foods You Can Easily Make By Yourself
Prepackaged foods can be convenient when you really don’t have the time to make something and you’re hungry. But thinking ahead is very important and it is actually the key to successful time management, good eating habits, and lower food costs. There are many foods you are frequently buying prepackaged at the supermarket, which you can easily make by yourself at home. And the best thing- you’ll know the food is fresh and all the ingredients inside. Once you learn how easy it is, you’ll probably never again buy those foods from the supermarket.
Everyone loves pizza, but many people waste their money buying pre-baked pizza or pizza crust at a supermarket so they would save some time. But you can make your own pizza at home, for much less money and it will be so much tastier and probably healthier. You can make pizza crust very quickly if you are in a hurry, without waiting for the dough to rise, and the whole pizza will be done in half an hour.
All you need to do is: preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and while it heats dissolve 0.25 ounce of dry yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 cup of warm water, and leave it for 10 minutes. Then stir in 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 Tbsp of olive oil until everything is smooth, and then leave it for 5 minutes. Turn the dough into a slightly floured table and then put it into a pizza pan, top it with your favorite pizza ingredients and put it into the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Why buy prepackaged frosting with so many artificial ingredients when you can make your own with just a mixer and a few ingredients in just a couple of minutes. For vanilla frosting you only need 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp of softened butter, 2 tbsp of milk and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix it all in a bowl until its smooth, and voila!
Recently, many instant oatmeal producers have launched their ‘healthy’ products full of added sugars and artificial flavor. Don’t be lazy, go to the nearest health food store or that department in the supermarket and buy oat bran, cook 2 tbsp of it with 1 dl of milk, add some sugar/honey/stevia and leave the rest to your imagination. You can put in some pieces of chocolate, or you can put chopped apple and spice it up with cinnamon. You can put some almonds/walnuts with some banana too. There are endless possibilities and each one is as easy as preparing the instant version, much healthier and not to mention- less expensive.
Prepackaged popcorn is packed with artificial ingredients, dangerous chemicals and sodium. Buying a packaged bag of popcorn in the supermarket is easy, but not much easier than buying the corn and making it yourself. At least you’ll know that there are no chemicals inside, and you can put just enough salt as you need.
Hummus in supermarkets can cost around $5, but you can make it at home for much less, and it will probably be much tastier, too. To prepare it, put 600 grams of rinsed chickpeas, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin and juice of one lemon in a food processor and run it until the mixture becomes smooth, and then add around 60 ml of water and mix it again. That’s it- nothing complicated, right?