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With the rise of cooking shows on TV, recipes online, and apps to help you plan your meals, we’re more adventurous than ever with our cooking. Once exotic ingredients are now commonplace and easy to find in supermarkets – remember when hummus was a novelty?

While we love trying out new dishes, we’re creatures of habit and for some food choices, old habits die-hard. Take a look in your pantry and tell me that you haven’t been buying the same brand of ketchup for the last 10 years.

Here are five homemade versions of classic pantry staples to get you started!

  1. Tomato Pasta Sauce. Make this pasta sauce in advance and portion it up to keep in the freezer. Then you’ll have a quick and nutritious dinner available as needed. Made with six types of vegetables, you won’t regret ditching the jarred version.
  1. Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing. Ditch the store bought salad dressings filled with additives and preservatives and whip up your own. Extra virgin oil olive and balsamic vinegar is quick and easy, but we also love this zesty, citrus dressing for when you’ve got 10mins to spare. You could even use it on roasted veg.
  1. Grown-Up Ketchup. This grown-up ketchup deviates from the usual version by adding roasted red peppers, horseradish and paprika. Dollop a bit in place of your usual Heinz and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised – it adds a spicy, flavorful kick to your plate!
  1. Four Ingredient Nutella. We’re not pretending Nutella is the healthiest food on the planet, but we’re also not pretending it isn’t delicious either. Instead of feeling guilty about your occasional treat, try making this vegan, gluten-free version (that’s without added sugar to boot!) and you’ll up the nutritional value significantly. You could even customize your creation with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg!
  1. Five Minute Spinach Pesto. Blend all the ingredients together and your homemade pesto is ready. It’s so easy we’re wondering why we’ve been buying it all these years! If you’re not using the pesto straight away it also keeps well in the freezer.

What are your pantry staples? I bet there’s a homemade version! Share your comments with us below.