Make THIS! Not THAT! : Parmesan Garlic Noodles

Well it has been a L-O-N-G time since I’ve done a Make THIS!  Not THAT! post. NOVEMBER 2014 to be exact!  Wow! Make THIS! Not THAT! is what got Happily Unprocessed started!  It’s when I was discovering what we were actually eating and I was fiercely passionate about eliminating processed foods from our house! I know […]

Make THIS! Not THAT: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

MAKE THIS!   When I tell you this condensed cream of mushroom soup comes together in a matter of minutes, I’m not exaggerating.  There is no reason to buy, open or use processed condensed soups anymore. Please, I’m begging you, to stop buying these products when there are no excuses to not make it yourself. […]

Make THIS! Not THAT!: Peanut Butter Cookies

  MAKE THIS! I recently came across a recipe on for peanut butter cookies.  I don’t want to call attention to any one person in particular or their recipe, it’s more the ingredients I wanted to focus.  And they are: 1 cup of butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown […]

Make THIS! Not THAT!: Crispy Rice Treats

  MAKE THIS!   Rice Krispie Treats are a hug hit with kids.  I know mine used to love them.  But since I’ve discovered  that it takes Kellogg’s over 70 ingredients to make them, including artificial colors and BHT …. well, I have since stopped purchasing them. Fast forward to 2014 and I’ve decided to try and […]

Make THIS! Not THAT! Beef and Bean Burritos

MAKE THIS! If you have kids (or even if you don’t) you can appreciate how hard of a pull frozen hand held snacks can have.  As moms, there is this gap we all eventually face between preparing our kids food for them when they are younger to them fending for themselves in the kitchen. The geniuses behind the […]

Make THIS! Not THAT! Refried Beans

MAKE THIS!   I don’t have a lot of experience with refried beans because my first (and LONG lasting) experience with them were the canned version.  And to be honest, I really didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.   It wasn’t until I had freshly made refried beans while eating at a local Mexican restaurant that […]

Make THIS, Not THAT!: Brownies

MAKE THIS!   These brownies have surpassed ANY chocolate, decadent, delicious, sweet dessert on my radar! Not just because they are moist; Not just because they are a BREEZE to make; Not because I can FREEZE them; Nor because they are GLUTEN FREE; It’s because they are HEALTHY!!!!!  Yes, healthy! You see, they are not […]

Make THIS, Not THAT! Hamburger Helper

MAKE THIS!   Like most of you, I too ate my fair share of Hamburger Helper growing up. Betty Crocker first introduced this to the market in 1971, when I was knee high.  It was to help busy moms in the kitchen get a complete meal on the table with less pans and in less time. […]

Make THIS, Not THAT!: Sloppy Joes

MAKE THIS!   Did you eat Sloppy Joes growing up?  If you live in America, chances are you’ve had at least one.  They (supposedly) were invented here as a sandwich consisting of beef, onions, tomato sauce and some spices. The sloppy part?  Well, if you’ve ever had one that part is pretty evident.   The best part […]

Make THIS, Not THAT!: Chicken Broth

MAKE THIS!   When we decided to stop purchasing processed foods last January, I decided to learn how to make my own chicken stock.   I’m not really sure why I was intimidated by it, but I was.  Yes, it is very convenient to just open up a box or can and have instant broth but […]

Make THIS, Not THAT!: Granola

MAKE THIS!   Have you tried this granola yet?  Oh my gosh! This homemade granola has become a STAPLE in our house and I don’t know who eats more of it, me or my husband. Since I’ve started making it we no longer eat boxed cereals when we are looking for a fast breakfast.  We […]

Make THIS, Not THAT! Peanut Butter Cups

MAKE THIS!   Can you eat a balanced, healthy diet and still eat peanut butter cups? Yes. Eating a balanced diet, free of processed, packaged foods doesn’t mean you have to sit on a rock somewhere eating a plant you just pulled out of the ground.  I love it when I tell people that we […]

Make THIS, Not THAT: Oatmeal

MAKE THIS!   Oatmeal has a good reputation, and with good reason.  Here’s why: Protein Oats are an excellent source of protein, non-meat protein, which is important for vegetarians and vegans. Fiber Steel cut oats are about 10% fiber which is terrific for your digestive tract as well as lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes.  […]

Make THIS! Not THAT!: Cream of Mushroom Soup

Make THIS!   Cream of Mushroom soup is a delicious and a healthy meal when it’s made with wholesome ingredients, not processed chemicals that are condensed and then put in can to last on a shelf indefinitely. All you need are some mushrooms, chicken stock, some onions, cream and a little sherry to give it that […]

Make THIS, Not THAT!: Taco Seasoning

Make THIS!   Making your own taco seasoning is very simple.  I usually double the recipe so I have extra on hand and store it in an airtight container in my pantry.  It uses popular spices most of us already have on hand like chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes and oregano. Click here for the recipe. __________________________________________________________________________________ […]