A year and half ago, my kitchen became a microwave free zone. I can honestly say I do not miss my microwave one bit. Being microwave-less has forced me to plan our meals and use what is on hand. Since we got rid of our microwave, we have gotten rid of alot of processed foods as well. Since then, we have been working towards eating more real whole foods and less processed foods. I want my family to be healthy, and I want to put good nutrients into their body.
Eating “clean” is not something that I think anyone should just flip a switch and go for it (kudos to you if you can do that!). Working towards such a drastic lifestyle change needs to be a gradual process. That way you are more likely to stick with it.
Over the past year and a half, we have changed many things. We no longer buy things like canned biscuits or bisquick; we consume alot less processed foods; we cook homemade meals all the time; we do our own canning and use homemade canned jams; we always cook with fresh fruits and vegetables; if we can make it at home ourselves, then we sure try to!
Many recipes like casseroles call for the condensed can of cream of chicken/mushroom/celery etc. Have you looked at the food labels on those cans? Preservatives, strange ingredients… yuck! If you can’t pronounce it and have never heard of it, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
At a Mothers of Preschoolers event at church, I was introduced to the “cream of ‘something’ soup.” Such a healthier alternative! It’s a make-it-yourself-much-healthier-version of the cream of chicken/mushroom/celery. And it is super simple to do.
Cream of Something Soup
- 1 cup non-fat dried milk
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup bouillion (if you use cubes, crush them up.)
- 4 Tbs minced onions
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp pepper
Mix all the ingredients into an airtight container! That’s it!
When are you ready to prepare it, you simply mix 1/3 cup of the dry mix with 1 1/4 cup of water and cook it on the stovetop until it is thick. This makes the equivilant to one can of condensed cream soup. It thickens pretty quickly and doesn’t add much time to your meal prep time, and it taste so good! I have been using this recipe for well over a year, and I just love it. It makes me happy to know I am using healthy ingredients in my meals!
I’ve enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it with you. Please enjoy this free recipe card printable – Cream of Something Soup.
I hope that it helps get you one step closer to a healthier lifestyle!
Do you like to make your own healthy recipe alternatives? Have one that you would like to share with us? Please share in the comments!
I can’t wait to try this! I have not used “cream of” soups in YEARS because they are so horrible and so many of my old favorite recipes have it! Thanks so much for posting!
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I hope you like it! I love it!!!
Constance Morrison says
Your cream of something recipe is a good idea, Stephanie! Check the ingredients in your bouillion, however. Some have MSG and other ingredients you may not want to eat.
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Ooo good point. I will see what is in ours and if it contains any of that, I will look for an alternative. Thanks for pointing that out!
I thought that I was the only microwave-less person in the world!! So glad to meet another kindred soul! I found you on the SITS Sharefest. Thanks
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You aren’t the only one! I don’t miss it at all!
Kathy Schwanke says
So glad you linked up at #TheLoft!!! I love your mission and your pursuit of the call on your life. It will be fun getting to know you! May the Lord prosper your ministry! 🙂
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What a clever idea! Kudos to you and the lifestyle you’re living. We have far too many processed things so this is a good way to introduce healthier options. It sounds really delicious – I’m going to do this the next time I make a casserole.
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I hope you like it! Small steps! That’s what it takes!
Cream of anything soupl, I love it.
We to have a cream of anything recipe and it is my go to meal.
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Cream of anything soup, I love it!!
I also have a recipe that is cream of anything and it is our go to meal
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Great idea! I love cooking with cream of something or other soups, but when I realized the ingredients, it really irritated me. It’s hard to find a good alternative, though! I’ll have to try this.
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Tricia the good mama says
This is great! I like my family to eat as few processed foods as possible. I’m definitely going to give this a try and I’ll be pinning this recipe!
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Thank you for pinning it 🙂
Jaya Pandey says
This is a good recipe. I agree with you so much that a lifestyle change should be a gradual process. Only then will it become constant part of our life. Great work you have done here ☺
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Exactly. I know for myself I am more likely to stick with it if I make gradual changes.
I have tried several substitute recipes for “cream of” soups and haven’t found the perfect one. I will be trying this one next! Thanks!!
I hope it works for you! I love it!