Homemade Tortillas and Other Foods to Make from Scratch

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Last night was one of those nights where I was craving something specific for dinner. I had my heart set on quesadillas. Unfortunately I was out of tortillas. I was about to throw on some shoes and load the boys up in the car (no easy task) and drive to the store, but then it occurred to me: How hard can these really be to make? Why am I wasting the gas and time to buy this $4.99 product for something I can probably whip together quickly for about 50¢. Mine will certainly be a healthier option.

Here are a few recipe hacks my fabulous blogging friends shared with me that I plan to start making myself. They are all relatively quick and easy to make.

So all this got me thinking (while I made my tortillas that were super easy to make), what are other things that I buy that I really should be making myself? Are there some great recipe hacks I should be using? Here are a few recipe hacks my fabulous blogging friends shared with me that I plan to start making myself. They are all relatively quick and easy to make.

Ready-Meal Hacks

Perfect Pancake Mix that isn’t full of unknown ingredients. Recipe from MOMables.

Muffin Mix – with 60 variations to choose from. Recipes from Budget 101.

Flaky Canned Tuna that is home-canned and oil-packed. Recipe from Saveur.

Healthy Lunchables that are homemade, but look store bought. Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.

Hamburger Helper for just 75¢ a “box.” Recipe from Little House Living.

Mouth-Watering Meatballs that are nothing fancy. Totally old-school. Recipe from The Kitchn.

French Fries that are tasty and easy to make. Recipe from The Black Viper.

Stir Fry Sauces – 40 to choose from! Recipes from Food & Family.

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Dessert Hacks

Delectable Ice Cream. Make it homemade “like a boss.” Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Chia Chocolate Pudding for healthy, yummy treat. Recipe from Little *BIG* Harvest.

Patriotic Popcicles of red, white, and blueberry. Recipe from The View From Great Island.

Yummy Marshmallows for cocoa or peeps. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Brilliant Brownies that can mixed up ahead of time so you just need to add liquids. Recipe from Kitchen Explorers.

Junk-Free (but still yummy) Rice Crispy Treats are free from gluten, sugar and dairy. Recipe from Spring Mountain Living.

Snack Hacks

A Healthy Fruit Roll-up Alternative with just fruit and water. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Crisp Apple Chips for a quick, easy snack. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Apple Leather from scratch with three flavor variations. Recipe from yours truly.

Perfect Popcorn from a dried ear of popcorn. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Beverage Hacks

Ruby Red Juice with carrots for sweetness. Recipe from The Little Red House.

REAL Fruit Juice made with a steam juicer. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Homemade Kombucha that will have you rejoicing in the art of naturally fermented probiotic drinks. Recipe from The Roasted Root.

Other Great Hacks

Perfect Pesto in 5 minutes or less. Recipe from The Food Network Kitchen.

Doubly Hot Horseradish Mustard that is considerably cheaper than store-bought. Recipe from Better Hens & Gardens.

Simple Spaghetti Sauce that can be made in a moment’s notice or simmered all day. Recipe from WikiHow.

Better Than Store-Bought Mayo that can be mixed up in minutes. Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Hot Pepper Relish makes for a quick appetizer. Recipe from Better Hens & Gardens.

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Sun Dried Tomatoes aren’t as complex as they look (and they don’t actually require sun). Recipe from Homestead Lady.

Homemade Vanilla Extract that is 100 times better than the stuff you buy at the store. Recipe from Better Hens & Gardens.

Make-Your-Own Tortillas Recipe

Last, but not least, the ridiculously easy tortilla recipe for your dining pleasure.

Here are a few recipe hacks my fabulous blogging friends shared with me that I plan to start making myself. They are all relatively quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 c. Water
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil (I used dandelion infused oil and it rocked)

Instructions

  1. Combine flour and salt then mix in water and olive oil. Once it’s combined, plop it on the counter and knead until it’s smooth.
  2. Let the ball of dough rest for about 10 minutes (or however long it takes to prep the quesadilla fixings).
  3. Divide dough into 8 equal-ish parts and then roll into something resembling a circle (I still lack the skill for that, so ours were more abstract shapes).
  4. Spray skillet or griddle with non-stick spray or this better alternative and cook tortilla for about 1 minute on each side until brown.

And you’re done!

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Here are a few recipe hacks my fabulous blogging friends shared with me that I plan to start making myself. They are all relatively quick and easy to make.

 

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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Homemade Tortillas and Other Foods to Make from Scratch — 6 Comments

    • I’ve been busy making a bunch of them today. I think the key to success is prep. If you have some free time, shred some cheese, chop veggies, etc. When you can just grab the ingredients and get cooking you’re more likely to go that route.

  1. for a perfect round (or square if you choose) tortilla: simply measure your plates for the size you want, roll out the tortilla to fit or slightly larger than your plate and cut around the plate…… perfection !

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