31 Days of DIY Convenience

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31 Days of DIY Convenience Foods | Good Cheap Eats

Like convenience foods but wish they were healthier and/or cheaper? Well, read on because DIY Convenience Foods are in your reach. Whew! 31 Days flew by. What happened to the month of October? Well, we ate well around here. Putting together the DIY Convenience Foods series was a blast for me, as well as for […]

Easy Chicken Strips for the Freezer

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Make a big batch of chicken strips and freeze them for later use in salads and sandwiches. On my last trip to visit my sister, she met us at the airport with these wonderful dinner salads, cookies, and homemade dressings. It was a feast! Particularly so since my friend Heidi and I had been cooped […]

3 Ethnic Foods You Can Make Yourself

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Growing up in Southern California, I’ve had the advantage of easy access to a wide-variety of foods, beside the typical “American cuisine”. Mexican and Asian foods are probably my favorites. The Golden State features so many different cultures, it is really fun to eat here. (Just saying.) Over time, I’ve learned to make at home […]

Make Cookies More Convenient

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Homebaked cookies are so much better than the packaged varieties. Make them more often, make them more convenient. When I think of convenience foods, one of the most common that comes to mind is that of refrigerated cookie dough. What a boon to home cooks! Buy the dough already mixed, bake it up, feel like […]

DIY Baking Mixes

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I think it’s probably a common American experience, to grow up thinking that all baked goods come from a box, from the freezer section, or the bakery aisle of the grocery store. Perhaps it’s just us folks in our late 30’s and 40’s, but all the kids I grew up with had the same experience. […]

Homemade Cranberry Soda

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I used to be a soda pop junkie. A few years ago, I decided to give it up. I don’t really remember why. But, I think a handful of cavities had something to do with it. And maybe empty calories, too. Regardless, I kicked my cola habit. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes like […]

Honey Syrup

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Years and years ago I bought Sweet ‘n’ Low. In fact, those pink little packets of artificial sweetener were staples in our tea and coffee cupboard, not because we liked the taste, but because we liked sweet tea. Here in California, tea is not usually served already sweetened. You have to sweeten it yourself. But […]

Fill the Freezer with DIY Convenience

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Up until now in the DIY Convenience series, I’ve shared recipes. Today, I wanted to make a plug for one of the biggest time-saving, money-saving, convenience food-avoiding methods I know: freezer cooking. This morning, I spent about an hour making a double batch of granola and a batch of breakfast bars. It didn’t take long. […]