When it comes to saving money, we should also consider our health in that equation. In all manners of trying to save time and adding convenience to our lives, we pick up packets and cans of things that cost more than they really should.
Instead of using the spices that we have on hand, maybe because we don’t know what would be good in something, we rush to the store and pick up a packet of “seasoning” to use in many dishes. What if we could make our own “seasonings,” saving us both money and adding things that are better for our health.
If you’re willing to put just a little time and effort into doing this, I can promise you that you’ll probably find it even tastes better. And, speaking of the time it might take, I think that you’ll find that putting these things together will even take less time than it would for you to drive to the store. An added bonus would be that it would save you the gasoline needed to drive there. So, let’s look at a few things you can use as healthy substitutes for some of those convenience items.
A common item that most children like is tacos and it certainly can be used for a quick homemade meal. Using just a pound of hamburger (or however much you need to feed your own family), the seasoning and a little water, you can get your dinner on the table in about a half hour. Add a little salsa to this for added flavour. Rather than using the packet that costs more than $1.00, make your own seasoning for pennies. Here’s an excellent substitute for that packet:
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (Aleppo peppers would add a wonderful depth of flavor)
1 Tbsp cumin
2 1/2 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
2 tsp pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Mix well.
3. Store in a tightly closed container.
4. Use 1 – 2 Tbsp of seasoning per pound of meat, depending on your family’s tastes.
Casseroles are a great dish to put together for dinner the night you fix them or you can put together several and freeze them for later meals. Many casseroles call for cream soup as an ingredient and the price has been steadily increasing on these. Another problem I find with all the cream soups on the market is the large amount of sodium included in them. Well, I can give you a great recipe for a substitute and will provide you with the amount of sodium for it. Compare it to what you would be adding if you used one of the cans from the grocery store.