Food & Nutrition

45 Foods You’ve Been Buying That You Should Cook at Home Instead

Homemade versions of these kitchen staples are cheaper and healthier than their store-bought counterparts—and they taste much better, too.

Crescent Dinner Rolls

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“These light, golden rolls have a heavenly homemade flavor and aroma. Mom never hesitates to whip up a batch of these from-scratch rolls, since they’re a delightful way to round out a meal.” —Debra Falkiner, St. Charles, Missouri.   Before you dive into any of these recipes, check out our tips on how to make homemade meals healthier.     </span></span>

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Butter

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“Store varieties of chocolate-hazelnut butter just can’t compete with the homemade kind. Slather it on everything from toast and pretzels to banana chunks and shortbread cookies.” —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado.   Once you’ve made it, give it a try in these 10 amazing Nutella recipes.       </span></span>

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Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal

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“Oatmeal is a favorite breakfast food: quick, easy and filling. I came up with this version by using some of the same ingredients from my favorite breakfast smoothie. Add bran cereal for a heartier taste and more fiber. A brown sugar substitute and soy milk also blend in well.” —Jessi Rizzi, Odenton, Maryland   </span></span>

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Homemade Tortillas

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“I usually have to double this recipe because we go through these so quickly. The tortillas are so tender, chewy and simple, you’ll never use store-bought again.” —Kristin Van Dyken, West Richland, Washington  Now that you know how to make tortillas, give some of these easy, delicious Mexican recipes a try.   </span></span>

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