Do it yourself spices and mixes

Do it yourself spices and mixes


by Charlotte Today

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 11:14 AM

Many people are looking to eat more whole foods: with fewer ingredients, and no preservatives, artificial flavors, or additives.  My clients are also looking to save money & time, save space in their pantry & fridge, and just go back to basics.  So when it comes to kitchen seasoning and sauces, save the extra errands, the excess packaging and the unnecessary additives and make your own!

Whole Grain Pancake Mix

We should be aiming to make half of our grains whole, but a lot of the pancake mixes out there are NOT whole grain—they’re typically made with enriched wheat flour (& not whole wheat flour).  This make-ahead mix is not only multigrain, but WHOLE grain.  To make the mix…

Ingredients (blend all of the following & store in an airtight jar):

    1/2 cup  flax seeds, finely ground
    1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    1 1/2 cups finely ground cornmeal (not corn grits or polenta)
    1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
    1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
    5 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon sea salt

When it comes time to make your pancake batter, you would blend…

    1 cup whole grain pancake mix
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon canola oil
    1/2 cup water
    Fruit & nuts (optional); such as: bananas & walnuts or peaches & pecans

For each pancake, pour about 1/3 cup of the pancake batter onto a greased griddle and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through.

Top with real maple syrup or a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Whole Foods.

Cream of Anything Soup Mix (Link to post here.)

Recipe: DIY Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Chocolate Milk, Milkshakes & Ice Cream Topping
February 4th, 2012 FreshStartRD

Ah, Pinterest.  If you haven’t joined, here’s what you’re missing: it’s FULL of good ideas.  And you might find yourself a touch addicted—and wondering where the last hour went—once you start clicking around.

One of my first repins was from Glorious Treats.  It is a recipe for homemade chocolate syrup (think the Hershey’s stuff, but without the high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavors & packaging).  I couldn’t wait to try making it, since my preschooler has just recently discovered chocolate & “strawberry” milk, thanks to a commercial.  Chocolate milk is not only a kid-friendly favorite, but also a great post-workout recovery drink.

chocolate syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Ingredients (use organic ingredients when available):

    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably fair trade)
    1 cup water
    dash salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla


    In a small saucepan, add sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk together gently.
    Add water. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
    Reduce heat and cook 1 minute.
    Remove from heat and add vanilla.
    Cool. Store in the refrigerator.

For delicious chocolate milk, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup to 8 oz of milk. (Heat for hot chocolate.)

For a chocolate milk shake, combine 1 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup and 2 cups of vanilla ice cream to a blender. Blend.

This syrup would also make a delicious dessert garnish or ice cream topping.

Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 1968.

Taco Seasoning

You might not have a packet of taco seasoning on hand, or you may just want to avoid some of the additives, such as MSG.

To make it, you mix up a blend of spices you probably already have.  Store the seasoning mix in your pantry or spice cabinet in an airtight jar.

    1/4 cup chili powder
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder
    1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1 1/2 tsp cumin
    1 1/2 oregano
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper

Recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

Other Tips for Making DIY Homemade Healthy Make-Ahead Kitchen Mixes

    Wholesale clubs are great for stocking up on the ingredients you’ll need for these DIY mixes, as well as saving errands.  But of course, try to buy only what you’ll use.
    Keep plenty of storage containers handy.  I like glass jars & bowls with lids.  Check out the Fresh Start Store for my favorites.