Saturday, February 6, 2010

Homemade Recipes to Save Money and Eat Healthier

While my family was on The Maker's Diet, there were a lot of things we couldn't buy from the store to eat because of the ingredients, included such as sugar and preservatives.  This required some research for recipes and food substitutions.  We were fine with replacing sugars with honey or molasses, but the amounts are slightly different when you use them for substitutions.  Check out this link to see the suggested substiution amounts.

We like to eat chili during the winter months.  However, I usually use canned chili tomatoes and a chili seasoning pack to make my chili.  I had to go on a hunt for a good chili seasoning recipe.  Back in the summer we had tomatoes coming out our ears and canned as many as we could to use for chili, so I had the tomatoes, just no seasoning to go with them.  The following is a recipe for just the chili seasoning mix I found on

Chili Seasoning
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 tablespoon dried, minced garlic
*2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight container.  Use as much as you like for your taste.  Some use half for a pound of meat, others use the entire mix. * I substituted 1 teaspoon honey for the sugar.

Some other recipes you may enjoy:

Taco Seasoning Mix 
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all together.  Use as half of this amount first for one pound of meat, up the amount used to your liking.  This could be too spicy for some.  Try omitting the red peppers and reducing the chili powder if still too hot with only half the amount.  I even sprinkle this over my brown rice that I eat with my tacos.  My kids think the recipe is too hot though, so we're still working on a good ratio for them.

Seasoned Pizza Dough
(My family LOVES pizza.  We only make our own pizza, so I was really excited to find this recipe.)
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1 tablespoon honey
1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup corn flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine these ingredients in your bread machine in the order that is recommend.  This makes 2 pizzas after the dough is ready.  Cook pizza on 450 for about 10 to 12 minutes.  For those that do not put cheese on their pizza, this crust is wonderful even by itself!

No Sugar - No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan over medium heat combine the maple syrup, honey, oil, and cocoa. Boil for three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, rolled oats and vanilla until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto waxed paper and chill to set, about 30 minutes. (Unless things are like my house and they're eaten with a spoon off the waxed paper and completely gone in about 30 minutes!)

Try out some of these others from
Mashed Sweet Potatoes (I substituted the milk for almond milk during while on the Maker's Diet.)

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