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Recipes Using All-Purpose Convenience Mix
12-cup yield
6-cup yield
Biscuits
Biscuit Variations
Cheese Bread
Dumplings
Basic Muffins
Basic Muffin Variations
Bran Muffins
Pancakes
Waffles
Banana Bread
Orange Nut Bread
Pumpkin Bread
Yeast Rolls
Hamburger-Onion Buns
Italian Bread Sticks
Coffee Cake
Fruit Surprise
Apple Rolls
Brownies
Molasses Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Cookie Variations
Peanut Butter Cookies
Potato Skillet Cakes
Tuna Biscuit Squares
Tuna-Broccoli Casserole

All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Part of Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes

Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension nutrition specialist
Revised and updated by Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator Kate Yerxa

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Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix:

  1. All-Purpose Convenience Mix
  2. Whole Wheat Convenience Mix
  3. Corn Bread Convenience Mix
  4. Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
  5. Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix
  6. Convenience Spaghetti Sauce Seasoning Mix
  7. Convenience Taco Seasoning Mix
  8. Convenience Chili Seasoning Mix
  9. Convenience Meat Loaf or Meatball Seasoning Mix
  10. Convenience Seasoning Mixes For Rice
  11. Convenience Seasoned Coating Mix for Meat, Fish, and Poultry
  12. Convenience Seasoned Cornmeal Coating Mix for Meat, Fish, and Poultry
  13. Convenience Salt-Free Seasoning Mix
  14. Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing Mix
  15. High-Fiber Convenience Snack Mix

All Purpose Convenience Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts12-cup yield

9 cups flour
3/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup baking powder
2 cups nonfat dry milk

Combine flour, dry milk, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir together. Mix in oil until the mixture is smooth. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate and use within a month, or put into containers suitable for freezing and freeze.

All Purpose Convenience Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


All Purpose Convenience Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Label6-cup yield

4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup nonfat dry milk

Combine flour, dry milk, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir together. Mix in oil until the mixture is smooth. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate and use within a month, or put into containers suitable for freezing and freeze.

All Purpose Convenience Mix Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Biscuits Food Recipe Nutrition LabelBiscuits

3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
3/4 cup water

Add the water to the Convenience Mix all at once. Blend lightly with a fork to form a soft dough and turn onto a floured board. Knead the dough slightly and then roll or pat the dough to a minimum of 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 9 biscuits

Biscuits Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Biscuit Variations

Combine ingredients as above and continue as follows:

Drop biscuits: Use a little more liquid. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto a greased pan and bake at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Cinnamon rolls: Roll biscuit mix to 1/4-inch thickness. Spread with margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. Roll up like a jelly roll. Slice into sections and bake on a greased pan. Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes.

Meat rollups: Spread cooked leftover thinly sliced or chopped meat or tuna fish on the rolled out biscuit dough. Roll up like a jelly roll. Slice into sections and bake on a greased pan. Serve sections plain or with a cheese sauce. Bake at 450°F for 12 minutes.

Biscuit Variation Cheese Biscuits Nutrition FactsCheese biscuits:
Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated American or cheddar cheese to 3 cups mix. Then follow biscuit recipe above. Cheese Biscuits Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Biscuit Variation Shortcake Nutrition FactsShortcake:
Add 1 tablespoon sugar to 3 cups mix. Add 3/4 cup water and prepare as for biscuits. Roll biscuit dough out in a rectangle. Bake at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve at once with sweetened fruit. For individual shortcakes, cut dough into rounds before baking. Shortcake Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]

Fruit kuchen: Spread the dough in a prepared pie pan so that dough comes up the sides. Fill with peeled, sliced peaches or apples. Sprinkle peaches with 1/4 cup sugar, or apples with a mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Drop 1 teaspoon margarine on top of fruit. Bake at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes.

American pizza: Use 3 cups mix and 1/2 cup water. Roll out dough into a 15-inch circle, 1/4-inch thick. Place on baking sheet. Spread dough with 1 cup spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Add other toppings as desired. If using pepperoni, reduce fat by laying the slices on paper towels and microwaving for 20 seconds before placing on pizza. Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes or until edges are brown.


Cheese Bread Food Recipe Nutrition LabelCheese Bread

3 3/4 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1 egg
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup grated natural sharp cheese (cheddar)

Beat egg; add water and stir in Convenience Mix and cheese. Beat until well blended. Pour into greased loaf pan, 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Bake 1 hour at 350°F. Let cool a few minutes. Slice 1/2-inch thick and serve warm. Or cool thoroughly, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate overnight. Slice thinly. Also good toasted.

Cheese Bread Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Dumplings Food Recipe Nutrition LabelDumplings

3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
3/4 cup water (about)

Pour water into mix and stir about 30 strokes. Drop from tablespoon into gently boiling stew. Cook for about 20 minutes, keeping pot tightly covered during the last 10 minutes.

Dumplings Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Basic Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition LabelBasic Muffins

2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 egg

Combine Convenience Mix and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat egg and add water; add to dry ingredients. Stir just enough to mix in dry ingredients. Fill greased muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake at 400°F for 18 to 20 minutes.

Basic Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Basic Muffin Variations

Basic Muffin Variation Raisin Muffins Nutrition FactsRaisin muffins:
Add 1/2 cup raisins.
Raisin Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Basic Muffin Variation Date Muffins Nutrition FactsDate muffins:
Add 1/3 cup chopped dates.
Date Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Basic Muffin Variation Blueberry Muffins Nutrition FactsBlueberry muffins:
Add 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen).
Blueberry Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Basic Muffin Variation Pineapple Muffins Nutrition FactsPineapple muffins:
Add 1/2 cup well-drained, crushed pineapple.
Pineapple Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Oatmeal muffins: see Rolled Oats Convenience Mix

Bran Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition LabelBran Muffins

1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup whole bran cereal
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Place egg in a bowl and beat. Add sugar, water, and oil. Continue beating. Blend in whole bran cereal. Add Convenience Mix. Stir quickly and vigorously until just mixed. Batter will look lumpy. Spray or rub muffin pans lightly with oil. Fill greased muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake at 400°F for 18 to 20 minutes.

Bran Muffins Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Pancakes Food Recipe Nutrition LabelPancakes

1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup water
1 egg, well beaten

Blend Convenience Mix and sugar. Stir water and egg into mix until blended. Drop batter onto hot griddle which has been lightly greased. Cook on first side until bubbles form. Turn and cook on the other side. Serve immediately. Makes 12 medium pancakes.

Pancakes Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Waffles Food Recipe Nutrition LabelWaffles

1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup water
1 egg, well beaten

Blend Convenience Mix and sugar. Gradually add beaten egg mixed with water. Mix thoroughly. Pour about 1/2 cup of the mixture onto a heated waffle iron and bake. Makes 4 to 5 waffles.

Variations: Top each waffle with your favorite fruit or vegetable. Try blueberries, apples, corn, broccoli, or nuts.

Waffles Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Banana Bread Food Recipe Nutrition LabelBanana Bread

3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup mashed bananas
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Beat egg and water together. Add sugar and bananas and mix. Stir in Convenience Mix and beat until blended. Add wheat germ and/or nuts. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350°F. Let cool before slicing.

Banana Bread Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Orange Nut Bread Food Recipe Nutrition LabelOrange Nut Bread

3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Mix sugar, egg, orange juice, rind, and Convenience Mix. Beat vigorously. Batter may be lumpy. Stir in nuts. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan, 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes clean. Cool before slicing.

Orange Nut Bread Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Pumpkin Bread Food Recipe Nutrition LabelPumpkin Bread

3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin pie filling or cooked pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan, 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 55 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Yeast Rolls Food Recipe Nutrition LabelYeast Rolls

Makes 16 rolls

1 package dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons oil
2-1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, oil, and Convenience Mix; beat vigorously. Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead until smooth, about 20 times. Cut off small sections of dough and shape into rolls. Arrange in a lightly greased baking pan so that the rolls are packed tightly and touching each other. It doesn’t matter if your rolls don’t take up the whole pan. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise in warm place until double in size, about 30 minutes. Bake in 400°F oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yeast Rolls Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Hamburger-Onion Buns Food Recipe Nutrition LabelHamburger-Onion Buns

1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm water (not hot—110 to 115 degrees)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
2 tablespoons onion flakes

Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and half the Convenience Mix. Beat with mixer for two minutes at medium speed, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently (or 300 strokes by hand). Add remaining Convenience Mix and onion flakes; blend well with spoon. Cover with cloth and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Stir down by beating 25 strokes. Drop dough by spoonfuls, forming 12 mounds, about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. With floured fingers, flatten mounds into rounds about 1/2-inch thick. Let rise in warm place for about 40 minutes. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until nicely browned, in a 400°F oven.

Hamburger-Onion Buns Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Italian Bread Sticks Food Recipe Nutrition LabelItalian Bread Sticks

3/4 cup warm water (not hot—110 to 115 degrees)
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix in Convenience Mix. Beat vigorously. Turn dough onto surface well-dusted with flour. Knead until smooth, about 20 times. Divide dough into 16 equal parts. Roll each piece between your hand to form pencil-like strips, 8 inches long. Put strips of dough on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with caraway seeds, poppy seeds, celery seeds, sesame seeds or garlic powder. Cover with clean cloth. Let rise in warm place about 1 hour. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, until light brown.

Italian Bread Sticks Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Coffee Cake Food Recipe Nutrition LabelCoffee Cake

Makes 9 servings

1 egg
3/4 cup water
3 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1/2 cup sugar

Topping

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons margarine

Mix the egg and water together in large bowl. Add Convenience Mix and sugar. Mix until ingredients are blended. Pour into a lightly greased, 9-inch baking pan.

For the topping, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and flour thoroughly. Add the margarine and mix until fine and crumbly. Sprinkle the topping over the cake mixture. Bake the cake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Coffee Cake Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Fruit Surprise Food Recipe Nutrition FactsFruit Surprise

Makes 9 servings

2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup fruit juice or water
2 cups canned fruit, pineapple, or peaches, well drained

Put Convenience Mix into a bowl. Add the sugar, eggs, and fruit juice or water. Stir until well mixed. Put the fruit on the bottom of a greased, 9-inch baking pan. Spread the batter over the fruit. Bake in a 375°F oven for 35 minutes.

Fruit Surprise Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Apple Rolls Food Recipe Nutrition LabelApple Rolls

2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon margarine
2 cups diced tart apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

Syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1 cup boiling water

Put Convenience Mix in a bowl; make a well in the center. Add 1/2 cup water; stir with a fork about 25 strokes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into an 8 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread with margarine, diced apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll and pinch & seal edges well. Cut into 1-inch slices.

Boil all syrup ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes; then pour into an 8- x 8- x 2-inch pan. Place dough cut side up in the syrup. Bake at 450°F for 20 minutes. Serve warm with the syrup from the pan, or top with low-fat ice cream.

Apple Rolls Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Brownies Food Recipe Nutrition LabelBrownies

Makes 9 servings

1 cup All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1/4 cup softened margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil

Grease an 8-inch square pan. Put Convenience Mix into a bowl. Add the margarine and mix with a fork. Mix in the sugar and cocoa. Add the egg, water, and oil. Beat 25 times. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.

Brownies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Molasses Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition LabelMolasses Cookies 

Makes 5 dozen

4 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 egg
1 cup molasses

Stir sugar and spices into Convenience Mix. Combine beaten egg with molasses and add to the mix. Blend well, chill 1 hour, shape into balls, and roll in sugar. Flatten on greased baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Molasses Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Oatmeal Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition LabelOatmeal Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup All-Purpose Convenience Mix
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water

Mix the rolled oats, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon with Convenience Mix. In a separate bowl, add vanilla and water to beaten egg. Pour into the dry mix. Mix until the cookie dough cleans the side of the mixing bowl. The dough will be stiff. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Oatmeal Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Oatmeal Cookie Variations

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Nutrition FactsOatmeal Raisin Cookies:
Add 1/2 cup raisins with oats, sugar and cinnamon. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]
Oatmeal Banana Cookies Nutrition FactsOatmeal Banana Cookies:
Add 1 cup mashed bananas with the vanilla, water and egg. (Cookies will be softer and moister.) Oatmeal Banana Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]

Peanut Butter Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition LabelsPeanut Butter Cookies

Makes 3 dozen small cookies

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Measure sugar and peanut butter into a bowl; mix well. Add egg, vanilla, water and stir all together. Add the Convenience Mix. Mix until you have a smooth, soft dough. Make 1-inch balls. Put balls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten balls with a fork dipped in flour. Bake the cookies at 375°F for about 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Peanut Butter Cookies Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Potato Skillet Cakes Food Recipe Nutrition LabelPotato Skillet Cakes

Makes about 25 cakes

1 egg
1 cup cold mashed potatoes
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups All-Purpose Convenience Mix

Beat egg with mixer. Add potatoes, milk, and vegetable oil; beat until smooth. Mix in Convenience mix. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto hot griddle. Bake over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes for each side. Serve hot with syrup or jelly.

Potato Skillet Cakes Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Tuna Biscuit Squares Food Recipe Nutrition LabelTuna Biscuit Squares

Biscuit dough
1 can (6 1/2 oz) tuna, drained and flaked
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise

Prepare biscuit dough, divide in half, and roll half into a 9-inch square. Place this on greased baking sheet. Mix remaining ingredients together and spread over square. Roll the remaining biscuit dough into a 9-inch square and place over filling. Bake at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cut into squares.

This is good served with white sauce over the top. For added flavor and nutrition, add leftover vegetables to the white sauce.

Tuna Biscuit Squares Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


Tuna-Broccoli Casserole Food Recipe Nutrition LabelTuna-Broccoli Casserole

Makes 6 servings

2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
1 can (6 1/2 oz) tuna, drained and flaked
1 can (10-1/2 oz) low-sodium cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
Biscuit dough

Cook broccoli until almost tender, drain well. Place broccoli in greased 9- x 9- x 2-inch square pan. Cover broccoli with tuna. Mix soup and water together and pour over top. Make biscuit dough according to recipe. Beat 20 strokes. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls over mixture in pan. Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Tuna-Broccoli Casserole Food Recipe Nutrition Facts [Word]


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