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Kitchen Staples

The weapons in every good cook's arsenal.

(62 Recipes) Created by STRIKERMOM5

Recipes in this Collection

Fragrant Simmer Pot Sachet
Very Good 4.6/5
(27 ratings)

Are you looking for a quick, easy, and zero calorie gifts from the kitchen idea for the holidays? This one is my all-time favorite.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Chicken Stock
Very Good 4.5/5
(55 ratings)

After you've roasted a chicken or turkey don't throw away the bones. They can be used to make homemade, low-sodium stocks, which can add flavor to your healthy, home-cooked meals.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 2.9g | Fat: 0.1g | Fiber: 0.6g | Protein: 0.2g | Calories: 28.3
Homemade Ricotta Cheese
Very Good 4.6/5
(13 ratings)

Chef Meg's homemade and natural ricotta cheese is easy to make and a fun project for someone who likes to cook.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 1.5g | Fat: 2.2g | Fiber: 0g | Protein: 3.2g | Calories: 39.1
Italian Herb Seasoning
Very Good 4.4/5
(50 ratings)

Forget buying packets of seasonings. They're expensive and often full of salt. Save sodium and money by making this easy herb blend. Use it in sauces, soups, stews, on meats... anywhere you want to add Italian flavor without fat or sodium!

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 0.7g | Fat: 0.1g | Fiber: 0.5g | Protein: 0.1g | Calories: 3.9
Kitchen Basics: Mushroom Stock
Incredible! 5.0/5
(1 rating)

If you want a stock packed with flavor, this is the one to make. Change it up: Add ginger for Asian-style stock and garlic for Italian flair.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 8.6g | Fat: 0.4g | Fiber: 4.3g | Protein: 3.2g | Calories: 37.4
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Very Good 4.4/5
(55 ratings)

There's no need to buy pumpkin pie spice. You can easily make your own at home. And it makes a great hostess gift for any fall event! Feel free to double or triple this recipe!

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 2.1g | Fat: 0.3g | Fiber: 1.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Calories: 8.9
Kitchen Basics: Vegetable Stock
Very Good 4.6/5
(24 ratings)

This veggie stock has a stronger, richer flavor than most.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 4.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Fiber: 1.4g | Protein: 0.7g | Calories: 18.8
Kitchen Basics: Seafood Stock
Good 3.3/5
(4 ratings)

Chicken and beef stocks are easy to find on store shelves, and many of them taste almost as good as homemade. It's a bit trickier to find seafood stock, and I've never found one that I really like. Thankfully, making your own is fairly easy.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 3.2g | Fat: 0.6g | Fiber: 0.6g | Protein: 0.5g | Calories: 18.7
Taco Seasoning
Very Good 4.2/5
(200 ratings)

Ditch those packets from the supermarket, and whip up a batch of this simple, tasty taco seasoning!

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 6.2g | Fat: 2.1g | Fiber: 3.4g | Protein: 1.5g | Calories: 38.1
Vanilla Flavoring
Very Good 4.7/5
(71 ratings)

"Vanilla extract" usually isn't made with real vanilla. The good news is that it's really easy--and affordable--to make your own.

Submitted by CHEF_MEG

Carbs: 0g | Fat: 0g | Fiber: 0g | Protein: 0g | Calories: 10.7
Chocolate cookie dough
Very Good 4.7/5
(34 ratings)

Basic chocolate cookie dough, anything can be added, nuts, candy, chocolate chips, etc. Just be sure to update the calorie count to add whatever you mix in.

Submitted by CRAZYCEREAL

Carbs: 14g | Fat: 3.2g | Fiber: 0.8g | Protein: 1.5g | Calories: 87.2
(no ratings)

I love Cane's dipping sauce even better than their chicken, however I don't think it fits into my lighter lifestyle. Instead of giving it up altogther I found a copycat recipe and updated it with light mayo. It's a basically a fry sauce, or mayo and ketchup, with a kick from Tony Chachere's seasoning. Although not a perfect recreation it is a pretty tasty substitute.

Submitted by ALERYAN

Carbs: 3g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 0g | Protein: 0g | Calories: 65
Very Good 4.6/5
(24 ratings)

Extremely thin pancake of sorts

Submitted by LMMEDLOCK

Carbs: 9.6g | Fat: 2.3g | Fiber: 0.3g | Protein: 4.4g | Calories: 78.3
Incredible! 5.0/5
(3 ratings)

The dry mix for all seasons

Submitted by CLUTTERBUG51

Carbs: 14.3g | Fat: 0g | Fiber: 0.9g | Protein: 0.9g | Calories: 67.9
Very Good 4.0/5
(3 ratings)

This is an easy and inexpensive way to make great honey peanut butter for the family. This recipe is more about eyeballing it rather than measurments. It's also extremely easy and affordable! ENJOY!

Submitted by HALOKB

Carbs: 11.5g | Fat: 13.8g | Fiber: 1.2g | Protein: 3.5g | Calories: 174.1
Easy Homemade 'Nutella' (Chocolate Nut Butter)
Very Good 4.5/5
(69 ratings)

A friend issued a challenge to cure a Nutella addiction. This recipe was just the ticket! No hydrogenated oils, fewer calories, less fat--and more fiber and protein!

Submitted by STEPFANIER

Carbs: 8.5g | Fat: 7.5g | Fiber: 1.7g | Protein: 2.3g | Calories: 101.3
(no ratings)

This is one of my favorite Korean side dishes. We eat it raw, throw it in stirfries, sauces, dressings, and pretty much everything else we eat!

Submitted by STEPFANIER

Carbs: 7.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Fiber: 0.4g | Protein: 1.3g | Calories: 33.5
Incredible! 5.0/5
(1 rating)

No-fuss caramelized onions. Serving size 2Tblsp.

Vidalia onions are especially nice, but any type will work. 2 lbs of onions will cook down to about 2 cups of caramelized onions, or 32 2-Tbls sized servings.

Keeps well in the refrigerator, can also be frozen. If you freeze in ice cube trays, you can store the serving-size cubes in a ziplock almost indefinitely.

Submitted by CRYSMYS

Carbs: 1.9g | Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 0.4g | Protein: 0.3g | Calories: 12.2
My Gramma's Egg Noodles
Very Good 4.7/5
(12 ratings)

My grandma taught me how to make these rich and fluffy noodles. She does not use measuring spoons yet her food turns out great every time!

Submitted by TINAHAVENER

Carbs: 19.2g | Fat: 1.2g | Fiber: 0.7g | Protein: 3.8g | Calories: 105.4
Very Good 4.3/5
(11 ratings)

Submitted by SALLYF55

Carbs: 16.7g | Fat: 3.8g | Fiber: 2.4g | Protein: 2.9g | Calories: 103.8
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