Ever contemplated whether a specific item would work as a great substitute for something else? Perhaps you are allergic to an ingredient or maybe you just hate the taste/texture of something! The best thing about cooking is that there is plenty of room for substitutions or simple switches that leave you and your tastebuds feeling down right HAPPY. While there are MANY things that can be changed, I’ve compiled a list of the most ‘common ingredient’ #FoodHacks as a guide to help you!
Baking Powder –> Use baking soda + cream of tartar OR baking soda + buttermilk
Baking Soda –> Use baking powder
Breadcrumbs –> Use cracker crumbs OR matzo meal OR ground oats
Beef Broth –> Use bouillon cube + boiling water
Chicken Broth –> Use soy sauce + water OR vegetable broth
Brown Sugar –> Use white sugar + molasses OR confectioner’s sugar
Butter (salted) –> Use margarine OR shortening + salt OR vegetable oil + salt
Butter (unsalted) –> Use shortening OR vegetable oil
Buttermilk –> Use yogurt OR lemon juice (or vinegar) + milk
Cheddar cheese –> Use shredded Colby cheddar OR shredded Monterey cheese
Chocolate (semi-sweet) –> Use a square of unsweetened chocolate + sugar OR semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate (unsweetened) –> unsweetened cocoa + shortening (or vegetable oil)
Corn syrup –> Use white sugar + water OR honey
Half & Half Cream –> Use milk + butter
Heavy Cream –> Use evaporated milk (or regular milk) + butter
Whipped Cream –> Use frozen whipped topping
Cream Cheese –> Use pureed cottage cheese OR plain yogurt
Cream of Tartar –> Use lemon juice OR vinegar
Egg –> Use powdered egg substitute + water silken tofu (pureed) OR mayonnaise OR 1/2 banana (mashed) + baking powder
Flour (for Breads) –> Use all-purpose flour + wheat gluten
Flour (for cakes) –> Use all purpose flour (minus 2 Tbsps)
Flour (Self-Rising) –> Use all-purpose flour + baking powder + salt
Honey –> Use white sugar + water OR corn syrup
Ketchup –> Use tomato sauce + vinegar + sugar
Lemon Juice –> Use vinegar OR white wine
Mayonnaise –> Use sour cream OR plain yogurt
Whole Milk –> Use soy milk OR rice milk OR dry milk powder + water OR evaporated milk + water
Molasses –> Use brown sugar + cream of tartar
Parmesan Cheese –> Use grated Asiago cheese OR grated Romano cheese
Raisin –> Use dried currants OR dried cranberries OR chopped pitted prunes
Rice (White) –> Use cooked barley OR cooked bulgar OR cooked brown or wild rice
Shortening –> Use butter OR margarine (minus 1/2 tsp of salt)
Sour Cream –> Use plain yogurt OR buttermilk + butter
Soy Sauce –> Use Worcestershire sauce + 1 Tbsp water
Vegetable Oil (for Baking) –> Use applesauce OR fruit puree
Vegetable Oil (for Frying) –> Use lard OR vegetable shortening
Vinegar –> Use lemon (or lemon juice) OR white wine
White Sugar –> Use brown sugar OR confectioner’s sugar OR honey OR corn syrup
For ENTIRE list and actual ingredient measurements, CLICK HERE!
When it comes to diets, we know just how confusing and sometimes overwhelming it can be to find the perfect one for you and your family! Personally, I’m not a believer that ONE specific diet is perfect, but EVERYTHING IN MODERATION is good. However, according to several news outlets and reputable articles, some of the top diets to-date include:
This diet was specifically designed to help people lower their high blood pressure, and it’s characterized by a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. People on this diet are told to avoid saturated fat, sugary beverages, sweets, full-fat dairy and some oils—and to eat less salt overall.
This diet meal plan is high in fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fatty foods like fish, nuts and olive oil. It is also best linked to “better health” and “longevity”.
This diet is a blend of the words flexible and vegetarian, where it encourages people to eat vegetarian most of the time for better health, but doesn’t call for cutting out meat entirely.
This diet works on a points system, where each food is given a number of points, and people are told a total number to aim for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling have fewer points overall. Sweets, on the other hand, are high in points.
While vegetarians eliminate meat, fish and poultry, vegans take it a step further, excluding all animal products – even dairy and eggs. Additionally, one must avoid refried beans with lard, margarine made with whey and anything with gelatin, which comes from animal bones and hooves, too. Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes will be your staples.
- Other Popular diets: Volumetrics, TLC Diet, MIND Diet, Vegetarian, Prescatarian, + more.
What works for you?