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!