Happy New Year, and welcome to the first post in 2016 for Back to Basics January! Not sure what I’m talking about? Go read this post and commit to joining us in cooking at home and refocusing on kitchen skills for the new year!
Today, I’m sharing a list of 10 Grocery Staples to Make At Home to keep your budget in check, learn new simple recipes, and avoid added ingredients.
Every Friday, I will be sharing a post with kitchen hacks + budget-friendly ideas, and starting next week, there will be an Instagram giveaway each Friday with fun prizes for participating in the challenge.
Be sure to use the #backtobasicsjanuary hashtag starting today, which will earn you bonus entries in the giveaways!
I save up the ends of chopped vegetables and chicken bones throughout the month, and usually have enough for a big batch of chicken stock to make a pot of soup and cook grains in for the week.
2. Canned Beans
Dried beans are extremely cheap compared to buying cooked beans in a can – 1 pound of dry beans will get you the equivalent 3 or 4 cans. It couldn’t be simpler to set the beans up to soak and boil – whether in the crockpot or on the stove. Get the recipe here.
3. Nut Butters
A good loaf of crusty bread makes an amazing piece of breakfast toast, but the price tag can be hefty. Make sure you have some yeast on hand for any variety of dutch oven bread you could dream up. Get the recipe here.
5. Tomato Sauce
Not only is it so simple to flavor your own crushed tomatoes, you can keep the sugar content low and avoid preservatives. My go-to tomato sauce recipe is here.
I have recently become obsessed with making lots of different flavor variations on these Essential Nut + Seed Granola Bars, like this savory version! They’re a simple staple you can store in the freezer.
Veggie burgers cost a pretty penny when you realize you’re paying for some grains, veggies, and spices. My favorite homemade version is my Green Chile Black Bean Burger, which make a big batch to freeze.
9. Condiments: from Peanut Sauce to Jam to Salsa
I love having a variety of condiments in the fridge to vary simple meals. A batch of crockpot shredded chicken can be transformed with a drizzle of peanut sauce or a dollop of pico de gallo, and toast can be jazzed up with a simple chia jam or pear butter.
I hope this gives you some ideas for making your own staples from your grocery list.
Action Item: Pick a couple that you think would be easier to work on (for me, that’s chicken stock, granola bars + nut butters) – and you’ll find that your grocery budget will thank you for the few minutes they take to whip up in your own kitchen.
→ Comment below with something you plan to prep this weekend in line with our Back to Basics January Goals! Let me know if it’s something from this list or beyond! ←
My goals for this coming week? When I return to Denver early next week, I plan to replenish my fridge with fruits + veggies to have as snacks, proteins and grains to prep for simple lunches, and coffee supplies so I can avoid buying it out.
And as a reminder… be sure to use the #backtobasicsjanuary hashtag starting today, which will earn you bonus entries in coming Instagram giveaways 🙂