While buying ready-made foods is more convenient, there’s just more satisfaction making it from scratch — and it’s also easy!
Although it saves you time (and money in certain types of products), buying ready-made products can be the hassle-free choice for mums-on-the-go. But, with all the added ingredients in ready-made products sold in the market, you’ll never really know how healthy it is.
If you want to be sure that only the right types of food (and ingredients) go into your kid’s tummy, it’s better to make food yourself.
We’ve got you more than 40 of the food products found in the supermarket and restaurants that you can make from scratch — we even have copycat recipes in here (click on the food to go to the recipe!). It tastes way better and I can have as many servings as I can!
Breads and Pastries:
You might think bread is pretty cheap to buy at the supermarket already – and to a certain degree, you would be correct. With a loaf of white bread as cheap as 80c a loaf – is it really worth making it at home from scratch? Well, I think yes.
Personally, I like to buy the wholemeal and multi-grain bread mixes and make them up at home in my breadmaker, with reduced yeast (as yeast makes my belly bloat). It works out to cost about $1.30 per loaf – and it is always fresh and delicious. Plus waking up every morning to the smell of fresh bread is just amazing. Breadmakers aren’t much work – I can usually get a loaf of bread on and cooking within a minute!
Bread mixes available include:
- Laucke (I use this one) – available from most supermarkets
- All About Bread supplies loads of different styles of bread mixes.
- Well & Good have a Gluten, Nut and Dairy Free style Crusty Bread Mix
The pre-made Naan Bread you buy at the supermarket is NASTY. Bread should be made nice and fresh – and Naan Bread is super easy to make at home – and it is sooooo good! Add a little minced garlic to the pan for a taste sensation – then use the Naan Bread as wraps in school lunches or even use as a pizza base!
Garlic Bread is another item I never buy any more at the supermarket. I like to buy Turkish Bread from Aldi and make huge batches of my cheesy garlicky garlic bread in huge batches. They freeze beautifully and are so good – you’ll never buy stale shop-bought varieties again.
Plus a recipe for Cheesy Chewy Garlic Bread!
Did you know that Fran Descher (the lady that played The Nanny) is an heir to a Crouton fortune? Yet croutons are unbelievably easy to make! Heat a pan on hot, add a little oil and throw some cut up bread in the pan. Alternatively you can make them in the oven. You can make loads of different flavours and really any sort of bread will do. They only take a few minutes to make – so never buy them again!
The last time I was in Sydney, I had a hankering for Banana Bread. I was shocked when the local cafe I tried was charging $6 for one slice of Banana Bread. Insanity! I could make three whole loaves of banana bread for that kind of price. Banana Bread is a great use of old manky black bananas and again (like most of my recipes) freezes well. I think next time I go to Sydney I’ll pop a few slices in my suitcase!
Dips and Spreads:
Make Your Own Pizza
Biscuits and Bars