Running out of an ingredient is frustrating, but with a little know-how the solution may be closer than you realize. Get creative in your kitchen with these simple ingredient substitutions.
Tip for the cook: Choose your substitutions wisely. Do not use a sweet substitute for a savory recipe or a strongly flavored substitute for a mildly flavored recipe.
|Bread crumbs||Replace with equal amounts of one of the following:
Try with our Classic Turkey Meatloaf.
|Butter or oil in baked goods||Replace with equal amounts of one of the following:
Try with our Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies.
For one cup, replace with one of the following:
Try with our Shepherd’s Pie.
|Chicken broth||Replace with equal amounts of one of the following:
Try with our Hearty Minestrone Soup.
|Egg, whole in baking||1 egg equals:
Try with our Pumpkin Pancakes.
Try with our Turkey Burger Casserole.
|Fruit, fresh||Frozen fruit.
If baking with frozen berries that contain a lot of moisture, like strawberries or raspberries, you may need to defrost and drain.
Try with our Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Squares.
|Herbs, fresh||Replace with dried or ground herbs.
Try with our Roasted Root Vegetables.
|Honey||Equal parts maple syrup or agave nectar.
Try with Our Date Night Dinner for Two.
|Lemon juice, fresh||Replace with one of the following:
Try with our Moroccan Braised Winter Squash with Couscous.
|Sour cream||Replace with equal amounts of Greek yogurt.
Try with our Greek-style Seven-layer Dip.
|Sugar||Brown and white can be used interchangeably, however brown sugar contains moisture and may require a very slight decrease in wet ingredients or slight increase of dry ingredients.
Try with our Pumpkin Streusel Bread.
|Tomatoes, fresh||Canned tomatoes.
Try with our Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti Squash.
|Vegetables, fresh||Replace with canned (drained well) or frozen vegetables.
Canned or frozen vegetables will require a shorter cooking time than many of their fresh counterparts.
Try with our Hearty Lentil Soup.