Jan 24

Great Food Alternatives

Posted by Rob Jennings with 0 Comments

Great Food Alternatives

A lot of meals get cooked on the spur of the moment. It’s a case of “Is it that time already? I’d better get dinner on!” Or, “I feel like cooking, what’s in the cupboards?”

Unless you keep a very well stocked cupboard, there will often be times when you don’t have all the ingredients you need. So I‘ve compiled a list of good food alternatives for times when a trip to the supermarket is not an option.

  • Try lentils instead of minced meat: for a shepherd’s pie, bolognaise sauce or stuffing for vegetables.

  • Desiccated coconut instead of almond meal for cakes and slices. This is only suitable if a cake calls for some almond meal as well as flour. For an all almond meal cake, the coconut will not bind as well.

  • If you need some stock for a casserole or stew and don’t have any in the house, not even a stock cube, try a cup a soup. The clear broth type ones will suit better than the creamy ones.

  • Cream, milk, sour cream and plain yoghurt can all be substituted for each other. In cakes, soups, pancake mixes, batters, etc.

  • Most beans and pulses can be substituted for each other so if you’re out of a particular type, try mixing it up: kidney beans, chick peas, lentils, cannellini beans, butter beans etc. This works especially well with chillies, curries and stews.

  • Grains are very versatile so if a recipe calls for white rice and you are out, then you can try any other type of rice, barley, quinoa, millet. Or sometimes couscous or other pasta may work also

  • Swap regular potato for sweet potato. The texture is very similar but sweet potato is smoother, sweeter and low GI so not only is it a great substitute, but it is better for you too. You can use sweet potato in all the ways you would use a regular potato.

  • If a recipe calls for butter and you don’t have any, you can use margarine or even vegetable oil - if it is in cake baking. Margarine will give you very similar results as butter but in cases like slices when the butter sets hard, margarine will not give you as good a set, but it will still work.

  • Honey is a great replacement for golden syrup, so if you don’t have any golden syrup in the house, don’t panic!

  • If you’re in need of copha for a recipe and aren’t in the habit of keeping any in the house – I know I’m not – butter will work fine. You may not get quite as hard a set but it still works well and I even think it tastes better.

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