Making your own “Prepared Foods”

Life has slowed down for me a bit now that the children have moved out and I work from home. No more morning dash trying to get a thousand things done, get the kids out to school and make sure everyone has what they need and then repeating the process after work feeling like I run from days beginning to days end.  I do REMEMBER those days vividly so I can understand why people buy prepared foods and use them often.  It’s just SO expensive.  Here are a few recipes that I’ve used over the years for “prepared” foods.

Maple Flavored Syrup

1 Cup Water

2 Cups Sugar

1 Tsp. Maple Flavoring

Boil water and sugar together for three minutes.  Add flavoring, let cool until near room temperature and using a funnel pour it right into the syrup bottle.

I know, I know it’s not “real” maple syrup and some people are purists but lets face it real maple syrup is also real expensive and we are on a budget here.  The recipe I just gave you has a lot less “crap” than the stuff you buy in the store and is much less expensive.

To go with that you’ll need the Pancakes of course.

Home made Baking Mix  (like Bisquick for example)

Ingredients

5 ½ cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp baking powder
1 cup shortening

Mix all ingredients well until crumbly. Store in an air tight container. To make the pancakes add two cups of baking mix with 1 cup milk and 2 eggs, double as necessary for a larger crowd. You can stir in blueberries or bananas for an extra treat and more nutrition.

Breakfast for dinner is always a favorite with the kids, doesn’t take long to make and is cheap too. Can’t beat that.  Also if you are really adventurous then I suggest that the next time you make pancakes for dinner you get out the griddle and make a huge batch of them.  That will put you that much closer to an even more convenient meal in future or a simple breakfast for the kids on a school morning that does not include all the preservatives in those toaster waffles.

OTHER recipes for that Baking Mix

Waffles: 

2 Cups Baking Mix

1 1/3 cups milk

2 Tablespoons oil

1 Egg.

Beat together and cook in waffle iron until golden brown.

Biscuits or Dumplings:

2 1/4 Cups Baking Mix

2/3 Cup Milk

Mix together to form dough, turn out onto floured board and knead ten times.  Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out biscuits.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  You can use this recipe for dumplings too but you don’t have to roll it out, simply drop by big spoonfuls on top of boiling stew and reduce to a simmer, cook uncovered for ten minutes, put on cover and cook for ten more minutes.

Cheeseburger Pie

1 pound ground beef

Large Onion Chopped

1 Cup hand shredded cheese (buying it already shredded is much more expensive)

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 cup baking mix

1 Cup Milk

2 Eggs

Brown up the hamburger and onions, add in salt.  Spread this into a 9 inch deep pie plate and sprinkle on the cheese.  Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour on top of everything else.  Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife poked in the center comes out clean.

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