Thursday, January 06, 2011

Make it yourself Recipes

I was at a mom's group a few months ago and we were talking about some recipes. Specifically cream of chicken soup. I detest the stuff as its so full of sodium and preservatives AND its expensive. But really, its just not good for you. For the last 3 years I've just been making my own and using a recipe my mom found online. Sometimes I make it from a roux, but usually I use this powder. Usually cream of chicken soup is used in a recipe with other things and so I've found that even though this tastes a little different, it hasn't ever changed how any of my recipes taste. I used it in green bean casserole over the holidays and it actually tasted better.

This Christmas my mom made up (with the help of Eva and Julia) all of these recipes in the powder form and put them in cute containers for us to have in our cupboards. With that said, I've fallen in love with the oatmeal, pancake mix and hot chocolate as well. The oatmeal tastes like maple and brown sugar oatmeal you get from the store and the hot chocolate does not need the mounds of cream I usually add. So ladies, here you go:

Cream Soup Mix

2 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients. Store in air-tight container in refrigerator. (I don't store in refrigerator... what is going to spoil?) Makes the equivalent of 9 cans of soup.
To substitute one can of condensed soup:
Combine 1/3 cup mix with 1 1/4 cup cold water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Add to any recipe as you would canned cream soup.

For cream of chicken, add 1 chicken bouillon cube. For beef flavor, add 1 beef bouillon cube per serving.

Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix

1 25 ounce box powdered milk
1 16 oz jar non-dairy creamer
1 15 oz container cocoa mix (Nestles or similar)
1 13 oz jar chocolate malted milk powder
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients together in very large container.
To make hot cocoa: Use 2-3 tablespoons in a cup of boiling water. Stir.

Oatmeal Mix (16 servings)

6 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/3 c. nonfat dry milk posder
1 cup dried apples or other dried fruit (dates are good)
1/2 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup brown and 1/4 cup white)
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

To prepare: 1 cup water to 1/2 cup oatmeal mix per serving. Stove top or microwave.

Almost Healthy Bisquick Substitute

5 cups flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup flax seed
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup baking powder
2 1/2 cup powdered milk
1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
(omit butter and shortening if you want and add 1 1/2 cup ground flax. Works for the pancakes, not sure about the biscuits.)

Mix dry ingredients. Cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients until about the consistency of coarse corn meal. Store in freezer.
Biscuits: Mix with milk or water using just enough to make a moist dough that is not too wet to knead. Knead 25 times on a floured surface and roll 1/2 inch think. Bake 15-18 min at 425 degrees.
Pancakes: Add enough water to batter consistency.

Thank you mom. I love this stuff!


momhirt said...

Pancakes: also add an egg!
glad you liked them!

Jaime said...

I love it! I'll be trying all of these very soon. Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Mom, thats the purpose of the ground flax, so you only have to add water (no egg needed).

I just did it this morning and it was perfect.

Britty said...

I'm so glad you posted this all. I will definitely keep some cream of chicken on hand. Thanks!