Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs

Three variations; 1) common kitchen ingredients, 2) dehydrated sauce ingredients, & 3) “Just-Add-Water” Pantry Packs! Those cans of Manwich Sauce, mocking me every time I opened my cupboard door, were one of my last hold-outs to a preservative-free kitchen. I knew the sodium and the sugars were sky-high and the preservatives were there, but I… Read more“Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs”

Cream of Asparagus Soup (with Dehydrated Pantry Pack Variation)

~~~Both Traditional Quick Recipe and “Instant” Soup Variations featuring Asparagus Powder~~~ I am an “Asparagus Snob”. I blame my grandfather, who loved asparagus so much the he grew 10 rows of it in his garden. But only the first 3 inches or so of each stalk were ever eaten by his… Read more“Cream of Asparagus Soup (with Dehydrated Pantry Pack Variation)”

YOUR Questions Answered on Homemade Convenience Mixes

I just wanted to take a few moments to clear up some of the issues I am seeing from our members for the recipes for the Convenience Mixes. Please understand that all these recipes are tested first in my kitchen  I do my best to make sure you have only success… Read more“YOUR Questions Answered on Homemade Convenience Mixes”

5 Instant (No-Cook) Puddings from ONE Master Mix

Use Fruit Powders or Flavored Extracts to Make Many Variations Homemade pudding recipes leave much to be desired as far as I am concerned when it comes to convenience.  Because the flour and cornstarch puddings I found online had to be cooked, it was difficult to incorporate them into my… Read more“5 Instant (No-Cook) Puddings from ONE Master Mix”

Mac & Cheese the Easy Way! (Including Dry Cheese Mix Recipe)

Here is a recipe that EASILY replaces those boxes and packets of Macaroni & Cheese we have all grown up with. There are a number of cheesy options available as well ways to make this into a full meal. I have included a dry packet mix as well. For those of you… Read more“Mac & Cheese the Easy Way! (Including Dry Cheese Mix Recipe)”

3 Cajun/Creole Rice Recipes (with Seasoning Blend Recipe)

Whenever I am in Cajun country, the first thing I grab is a big plate of Cajun Dirty Rice with a side of greens. When I am at home, I make this dish as well. I always have a pint jar of canned chicken livers and a Pantry Pack of… Read more“3 Cajun/Creole Rice Recipes (with Seasoning Blend Recipe)”

Rice Pilaf Pantry Packs (Near East Copycat)

This is MY version of the popular Near East® Rice Pilaf which, in my opinion, has the best flavor. The problem is that it is so high in sodium that I cannot eat it! Rice Pilaf is typically a blend of rice, spices, and orzo pasta. Pilafs can also be made… Read more“Rice Pilaf Pantry Packs (Near East Copycat)”

Long Grain & Wild Rice Mixes (Uncle Ben’s Copycat)

~~~Do you like Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice as much as I do?~~~ If so, here is a homemade version that will rock your world! I love the nutty taste of a good rice and wild rice mixture. This is a vegan AND gluten-free side dish that has… Read more“Long Grain & Wild Rice Mixes (Uncle Ben’s Copycat)”

Homemade Seasoned Rice Mix (Rice-a-Roni Copycat Recipe)

~~~Get rid of the Cardboard-in-a-Box and never buy rice mixes again!~~~ Rice-A-Roni® is a boxed food mix that consists of rice, vermicelli pasta, and seasonings. To prepare, the rice and pasta are browned in butter, then water and seasonings are added and simmered until absorbed. The name actually came about because the dish of origin was… Read more“Homemade Seasoned Rice Mix (Rice-a-Roni Copycat Recipe)”

4 More Recipes Using the Master Baking Mix

I have been asked all day about the different things you can make with the Master Baking Mix. It is really very versatile, as you will see from the recipes below. Waffles, pizza, chicken and dumplings, & peach cobbler are all served up for your pleasure today. We have already… Read more“4 More Recipes Using the Master Baking Mix”