Easy Swaps For These Common Ingredients




Have you been wanting to ditch the dairy and see what changes you notice? Or perhaps you want to try out a new recipe without setting off a food allergy, but you're allergic to one of the main ingredients in most recipes. It could even be that you're just one or two ingredients short of the recipe you want to try and don't have time to run to the store. For all these occasions and more, it's helpful to know a few common ingredient replacements to hack into your cooking skills.


Whether your goal is to be healthier, to use what's already in your kitchen, or to avoid a food sensitivity issue, these ingredient swaps can help you be a master of ingredient disguises!


Butter

Baking something? You can use coconut oil in a ration of 1:1 in either soft or sold form to replace the need for butter.


Milk

If milk is called for in whatever your're baking, you can swap it for any type of nut-milk. That means almond milk or any dairy-free milk in the same amount as called for in the recipe.


Whipped Cream

Want to top your fruit with fresh whipped cream but without the dairy? Use coconut cream instead. Just be sure that it's well chilled overnight and only use d the solid parts for the whipping. It has such a fresh and light taste to it!


Go Gluten-Free

Instead of using regular flour, use a cup of gluten-free flour plus a half-teaspoon of xanthan gum. Read the labels though...some gluten-free flour varieties already have xanthan in them which means you won't need to add it.


Eggs

Whether someone has egg allergy or they're vegan, you can still bake up tasty treats by replacing each egg in the recipe wiih 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal combined with 6 tablespoons of purified water. Make sure you mix it into a paste first before combining it with your other ingredients. You can also substitute eggs with unsweetened applesauce, to make thing easier.


Fish Sauce

Many Asian recipes call for the use of fish sauce. For those that have allergies or follow a vegan diet, you can swap it out with either soy sauce or tamari. Although you won't have that same umami flavor the fish sauce will bring, it will still be delicious, and you'll hardly notice the difference.


Grated Parmesan

If you need to add grated Parmesan to your recipe, choose nutritional yeast. Side note: it's fabulous on air-popped popcorn, too.


Vinegar

Vinegar is one of those that can stump you in the kitchen since there are so many types, but the good news is that it's very versatile. So, if you have a recipe that calls for white vinegar, but you only have apple cider vinegar, you can use what you have. The only vinegar you can't just randomly sub in or out of your recipes is balsamic vinegar because the flavor is truly unique. Thankfully, it's an ingredient that meshes well with all diets so you won't be doing anyone harm.


With this quick list of common ingredients to swap, you'll be able to master any dish for any occasion or any dietary concern. Bon Appetit!


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Do you ever crave a BLT but want to switch it up?


Here is a simple recipe you’ll love – and you get to make your own mayonnaise.

Trust me, once you make homemade mayo you will never want to go back to store-bought again! It’s so easy, fresh and delicious.


There are a ton of GREAT wrap alternatives on the market too – check out your grocery or natural foods store for wraps made out of coconut or almond flour.



BLT Wraps

For the wrap:

2 slices of Applegate Bacon or other uncured/pastured/nitrate-free bacon

2 tomato slices

Lettuce of your choice

1 tablespoon homemade mayo

Coconut or other gluten-free wrap


For the Mayo:

1 extra-large egg

1 cup of oil: extra-light olive oil, avocado oil, or a blend of the two

3 tsp. Apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Pinch of salt (Himalayan sea salt is great)


Step 1: Make the mayo. There are 2 options, depending on what equipment you have.

High speed blender (like a Vitamix): place all the ingredients in the blender and blend ‘em up till the mayonnaise appears. All the oil should be fully incorporated into the mixture.


Immersion mixer: Place all the ingredients in a glass jar or other narrow-mouthed container and immerse the mixer all the way to the bottom of the container. Begin mixture, and continue till all the oil is incorporated into the resulting mayonnaise.


Note: You also can include herbs, spices, garlic, etc. into your mayo.


Step 2: Assemble the wrap! Grab a wrap, slather on the mayo, add the tomato, lettuce and bacon, and voila!


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