Cooking from scratch is healthier and saves money in the long run. With a garden full of fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking and preserving the food we grow is always on my mind as well as we don’t want all this food to go to waste. This huge list consists of simple recipes to cook from scratch that we use on a daily basis.
Simple Recipes to Cook from Scratch
Though it may seem easier to just pop down to the grocery store and buy pre-packaged food, buy making your own, you know what is going into your food, serving your family less unhealthy additives and processed food. Most of these recipes are simple recipes that can be cooked from scratch without the need for too many different ingredients as well.
Sauces, Dressings and Seasonings
Low Carb BBQ Dry Rub Seasoning – So easy to make and very versatile, being used to rub on everything including chicken, pork, steak and everything in between.
Hollandaise Sauce – This delicious sauce can be difficult to make, though with this recipe you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
Garlic Bread Seasoning – Garlic Bread Seasoning is great to have on hand when you want to whip up a delicious batch of garlic bread, breadsticks, seasoned chicken or pizza.
Basil Pesto – Basil is one plant that just grows and grows. This basil pesto is delicious made with fresh basil picked straight from the garden.
Italian Seasoning – Delicious, and versatile, this seasoning blend of dried herbs is a perfection addition to pizza sauces, pasta sauces, and marinades.
Taco Seasoning – This is a great seasoning to have in the pantry as it can be used to season a variety of dishes including tacos, vegetables, meat, salads, soups and more
Caramel Sauce – Who doesn’t love caramel sauce? So delicious and versatile making it great to have on hand.
Garlic Powder – So great to have on hand, especially since we go through a lot of this.
Minced Garlic – Since we love garlic, we also have it on hand in many different forms.
Celery Salt – Tastes delicious and is a great way to use the leaves of your celery plants.
Tomato Paste – Another recipe that we always have on hand as it is so versatile. Use in pizza sauce, lasagne, spaghetti and more.
Nasturtium Infused Vinegar – This delicious vinegar can be used in salad dressings or marinades or as a replacement for vinegar in your cooking.
Homemade Bread – The smell of fresh bread baking is one that fills the house. This lovely bread can be enjoyed fresh or toasted with the jams, jellies and spreads below.
Milk Bread Rolls – These rolls are super soft, moist and slightly sweet and very easy to make.
Pumpkin and Blueberry Bread – A delicious way to enjoy home grown pumpkins for morning or afternoon tea.
Waffle Board – A wonderful way to entertain friends and family for brunch!
Chocolate Waffles – A delicious breakfast which all, especially kids, will enjoy.
Banana Waffles – This is a yummy breakfast to have, especially when we get a fresh bunch of bananas off the trees.
Pancake Board – Another entertaining board that can be served for brunch.
Eggs Benedict – So delicious, especially when made with fresh eggs.
French Toast Fingers – A lovely way to start the morning.
Instant Pancake Mix – We always have this mix on hand so we can whip up a batch of pancakes when we want.
Instant Oatmeal Packs – This are so handy when looking for a filling, yet quick breakfast.
Frozen Smoothie Packs – Not only a quick and easy breakfast, smoothies make healthy snacks as well.
Chicken Stock / Broth – This light stock is made from chicken, either scraps from a previous cooking project or the untrimmed bones from a whole chicken and a classic mirepoix of onions, carrots, and celery.
Pumpkin Soup – This yummy soup can be made in a slow cooker, Instant pot or on the stove top.
Pea and Ham Soup – A delicious soup for a cold winters night.
Sweet Potato Soup – Sweet potatoes are so delicious and good for you. This is a lovely soup to have on a cold winters night.
Meals and Sides
Classic Greek Salad – A lovely and refreshing salad to enjoy, especially when having the family over for a bbq.
Creamy Potato Salad – Another great salad that we enjoy with friends and family at a bbq.
Creamy Cucumber Salad – This lovely, refreshing salad is so delicious and a great way to use your home grown cucumbers.
BLT Salad – An easy salad to make and is great for serving crowds.
Jams, Jellies and Spreads
Lemon Marmalade Jam – This deliciously zesty jam is a great way to use your home grown lemons.
Lemon Balm Jelly – Lemon balm is one plant that we always have so much of. This delicious jelly is a great way to enjoy the leaves, with their delicious lemony flavour.
Lemon Jelly Jam – This smooth jelly is sweet, yet tangy but very delicious.
Blueberry Jam – So yummy and easy to make. You’ll love this blueberry jam!
Mint Jelly – Lamb and mint jelly – need I say more?
Apple Butter – This homemade apple butter is full of flavour and pureed for a super-smooth texture, tasting like a thick, smooth, concentrated version of applesauce.
Orange and Lemon Marmalade Jam – Delicious on toast or in cakes.
Rosella Jam – This tangy jam is so delicious on toast, waffles or English muffins for breakfast. I have also used this is a rosella cheesecake.
Apple Scrap Jelly – This jelly is a great way to use up all those apple scraps when making recipes such as apple crumble.
Lemon Curd – This curd can be used is so many ways – in a sandwich, in-between layers of a sponge cake, dolloped over muffins and pancakes or poured into a tart shell.
Passionfruit Curd – A delicious substitute for lemon curd.
Strawberry Jam – Strawberry jam is not only a favourite on bread or toast, it is used in cakes, slices and muffins too.
Butter – Butter can easily be made from cream and is used in so many recipes.
Drinks, Syrups and Extracts
Vanilla Extract – This is so easy to make and is used all the time baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes and more.
Strawberry Syrup – Delicious poured over pancakes, waffles, ice cream and more, this delicious strawberry syrup is so easy to make and so versatile.
Blueberry Syrup – Another delicious syrup that can be drizzled over desserts, pancakes and used to flavour yoghurt too.
Lime Syrup – This lime syrup can be used to flavour drinks, icing, and more.
Lemon Syrup – Easy to make, tastes amazing and adds a lovely flavour to a variety of recipes including drinks and desserts.
Rosella Syrup – Packed with vitamin C, rosella syrup is a great way to enjoy the benefits from these delicious fruits.
Mulberry Syrup – Since mulberries don’t last long after being picked, a great way to preserve them for year round goodness, is in this delicious mulberry syrup.
Orange Syrup – This syrup is so easy to make and has so many uses – sweetening or adding moisture to desserts and cakes as well as using to flavour water, iced coffee and iced tea and cocktails.
Lemon Extract – Great to have on hand for adding to your baking for a lovely lemon flavour.
Orange Extract – This extract is so yummy when used to flavour marinades, butter, sauces, chutney and vegetable dishes.
Mint Extract – A tasty way to use those vigorous mint plants which can be used to flavour baking and more.
Elderberry Syrup – A great way to use elderberries to help boost the immune system, especially during the cooler months of the year.
Strawberry Lemonade – A lovely refreshing drink to enjoy on a hot day.
Substitutes, and More
Buttermilk – I don’t buy buttermilk, instead I make my own when needed.
Condensed Milk – This is a great substitute to have on hand for using in cooking.
Fermented Honey Garlic – A great way to boost your immune system. The honey-flavoured garlic can also be used as a condiment, adding a lovely honey garlic flavour to your dish.
Fermented Beets – This condiment that can be use in salads, sandwiches, on toast and so much more, with this easy to follow recipe!
Scrappy Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar something every household needs to have. Use it in dressings, marinades, in mayonnaise, as an immune system booster, as a facial toner or hair rinse and to help get rid of fruit flies.
Elderberry Gummies – A great way to boost your immune system during cold and flu season.
Homemade Chocolate Ice Magic Shell – A delicious topping that goes hard when you pour over ice cream.
Sourdough Starter – Once you have built up your sourdough starter, you can make so many different recipes including bread, donuts, muffins and more.
Baking Powder – Run out of baking powder, but need some to complete your recipe? Instead of running out to the shop, make some yourself.
Brown Sugar – Brown sugar can easily be made from a few ingredients.
Caramel in a Can – Caramel can be made by heating tins of condensed milk. It is just amazing and makes an awesome caramel tart.
Eggnog – Eggnog can get quite expensive in the shops here, so we tend to make it ourselves to enjoy.
Next time you’re thinking about grabbing a boxed meal, can or packet of processed food at the grocery store, try one of these simple recipes that you can cook from scratch instead!