5 Boxed Foods You Can Make Yourself

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Store-bought is not always better. You can make these five things easily (and better) at home. 5 Boxed Foods You Can Make Yourself

We live in an age of convenience, so much so, that sometimes we forget that we can actually make some of those boxed foods that we usually pick up at the store. Oftentimes, it’s cheaper to make our own than to go for the store-bought version. Better yet, our homemade version can be healthier too depending on our ingredient choices.

Here are 5 boxed foods that you can make at home:

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Seasoned Rice Pilaf

Forget Rice-A-Roni. This homemade seasoned rice pilaf is healthier, cheaper, and can be customized to your tastes by switching up the seasonings.

5 Boxed Foods You Can Make Yourself | Good Cheap Eats

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

With a few pantry staples, you can mix up this homemade onion soup mix in just minutes. It’s great to add to recipes in place of the store-bought packet or to make your own onion dip.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese is a great way to use some of your pantry staples and it tastes a thousand time better than the blue box. You can choose healthier pasta and real cheese. This is a great basic macaroni and cheese, but you can dress it up a bit like this Alfredo Mac and Cheese orĀ Pesto Penne and Cheese.

5 Boxed Foods You Can Make Yourself | Good Cheap Eats

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

You’ll be amazed at how much better your recipes will taste when you use this homemade cream of celery soup rather than the canned version. You can control the quality of the ingredients and make it from pantry staples.

5 Boxed Foods You Can Make Yourself | Good Cheap Eats

Homemade Pie Crust

Store-bought pie crust can be expensive. It’s cheaper (and tastier) to make your own, and it really isn’t difficult to do. We make my Gramma John’s Pie Crust at our house. It’s so easy, even the kids can help with it. If you want, freeze some empty pie crusts to use later.

What’s your favorite boxed food that you make at home?

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I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Janet says

    I made your seasoned rice pilaf today. I made one small change. I did not have any orzo so I simply left it out and reduced the water a bit. My youngest LOVED it and she is particularly picky about flavored rice. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Harriet says

    I started a Board on Pinterest called “homemade not store bought”. I hope these recipe’s are on Pinterest so I can add them. Keep up the good work! (I must admit that until I retire, I will not be making my own pie crusts. I buy them at Thanksgiving while on sale and freeze them. Too convenient!)

    • Did you find them on Pinterest? If not, you can hover over the photo in the post you want to pin and the pin button will appear. Let me know if you need help.

      PS How’s your husband doing?

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