Healthy alternatives to store-bought food (that you can make in under 10 minutes)

It was one of those days when the first time I thought about dinner was at 4:00pm when I ran into the supermarket. Talk about not planing ahead. I was tired and the thought of cooking something elaborate was just too much. So, tacos it was. Perfect. Easy.

Fast forward a few hours and I was cooking up our taco salads and about to pour in the seasoning. I was purposely ignoring the ingredient list on the seasoning packet, but at the last second, I just couldn’t stop myself and I peaked: Maltodextrin…Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (trans fat)…Ethoxyquin. Uugghhh. It’s a bad sign when you have to research the ingredients in the food you’re eating. 

Back to the drawing board because I cannot eat this and pretend I’m okay with it. 

I checked in with my buddy Google, and within 5 minutes, I had made my own taco seasoning full of well-known and delicious spices. It was still an easy, quick meal AND I felt much happier about eating it. Success!

I’m all about quick and easy. And I bet you are too. That’s why I wanted to share two more easy recipes you can make in under 10 minutes that taste even better than their store-bought relatives:

1) Popcorn – instead of the microwave versions  filled with chemicals linked to lung damage,  just pop your own! It’s way healthier and way tastier. Plus, you can get really creative with your toppings. My favorite is a little parm cheese and crushed red pepper flakes. It’s a great snack to have around the house and it takes almost no time to make.

2) Salad dressings – many store-bought varieties contain sugar, MSG, food starches and preservatives. It’s just as easy, and much tastier, to make your own! Use a good quality olive oil and mix in lemon or vinegar, mustard, honey, etc. There are so many great recipes out there filled with healthy and real ingredients that taste delicious and you can feel good about eating.

Just get back to basics and you’re probably a whole lot better off than whatever the food companies are trying to sell you. You can never go wrong with whole, real foods. They taste better, they make you feel better and they don’t have to take hours to prepare either.

What other quick & easy foods do you make instead of buy? Share in the comments!

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3 Responses to Healthy alternatives to store-bought food (that you can make in under 10 minutes)

  1. Katie says:

    Those are great ideas Kathryn. What did you use for your taco seasoning? Also I have a great popcorn popper that was $10 on amazin where you add the kernels and throw it in the microwave. So easy and if you want a plastic alternative you can use a paper bag. I love all of your tips – keep them coming.

  2. Kate says:

    Homemade garlic-aioli, pesto (traditional basil-pine nut variety, or get creative with cilantro and sunflower seeds, parsley and walnuts, you get the idea!), home-blended spice rubs for easy grilled chicken or tenderloins, or my personal favorite summer supper:

    Go to the butcher (mine is the Whole Foods counter ;) ) and get a good-quality (grass-fed, hormone-free) flank steak
    Sea salt, pepper and olive oil and a cup of freshly chopped herbs on both sides
    Grill to desired “done-ness” (It’s a word.)

    Slice tomatoes, lightly salt and pepper and drizzle a bit of olive oil
    Add just a tiny bit of local bleu cheese (full-flavored cheeses mean adding less dairy)

    Fresh, local greens with red wine vinegar


  3. kpostulka says:

    Sounds so good Kate!

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