Do you stop and make an extra run out to the store?
Do you scrap the whole thing?
Do you figure out a functional substitute?
I like figuring out a substitute. I think some of my best meals/bakes have come from experimenting with a new ingredient!
Nothing is etched in stone. Don't be afraid of trying new and different things.
- I like to add fruit juice or Kool-Aid mix to homemade tea to jazz up the flavor. Fancy flavored teas cost a small fortune - and it is so easy to make your own. You can make them as strong or light in flavor as you wish
- Use fruit juice, leftover juice from canned fruits, stale pop, etc. as part of the liquid in Jell-O. Gives you a new and lovely taste.
- Remember that you can grind your oats to make oat flour if necessary for a recipe. No need to go out and spend a lot on a bag of oat flour you may not use.
- Add leftover (smashed) baked beans to meatloaf or meatballs. They are yummy and they are so moist. Also think about topping a burger with some cheese and baked beans. Smashed baked beans can be added to chocolate cake recipes (as part of oil/liquid) for a super rich cake. Back in the day - schools used to do this all the rime with leftovers - best cake ever!
- DID YOU KNOW - 1/2 cup of real fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit? Yep!
- Save leftover chips, crackers, stale bread - to grind up and use as coating when frying. We love using cheese crackers for a bit of favor. TRY grinding up pork rinds to coat items for baking - they are gluten free! Triscuit crackers are good as well and come in many flavors!
I actually choose to substitute an egg in baking with either a banana, applesauce, or peanut butter - depending on what I am baking. I love the idea of using soy protein - I always have protein powder in the pantry (for SHTF stash). I keep ground flax in the freezer all the time as well - great in muffins (good for you as well).
- Need to thicken a pot of soup or stew? Yes, you can use corn starch or flour - but think outside the box and add extra flavor. A small package or equivalent of country gravy mix is great in any creamy type soup - adds a ton of flavor. Instant potatoes can be used to thicken and it adds hidden veggies! A packet or equivalent of any gravy mix will add flavor and thicken up nicely (I always add to stew). A recently new one for me is to MIX 1/3 cup Masa (corn flour - used in corn tortillas) with 1 1/3 cup milk. Whisk until absorbed and use in creamy Mexican soup dishes or corn chowder. This adds the best corn flavor!!!
- Leftover rice mixed with egg and parmesan cheese packed into a pie pan makes a great crust for a quiche or a hearty/savory - meat/veggie dish - no need for a basic pie crust.
- Leftover rice can also be added to meatloaf or meatballs - stretches meat a little further
- Keep the crumbs from the bottom of cereal boxes and cookie containers to use as toppings on ice cream or pudding - no need for sprinkles!
- No creamer for your coffee? Use milk, real cream, ice cream, cool whip, whipped cream, or hot chocolate mix for a change
Get creative. Like I said earlier - nothing is etched in stone. Substitute and save money and MAYBE find a new taste sensation that your family loves!
PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD - IT'S OK!