I can adapt any recipe that I find, to convert it from a “not so healthy” recipe to a “my kinda healthy” recipe. With a few tweaks, the recipe that I wouldn’t normally allow myself to even look at, becomes a usable recipe I can add it to my collection without compromising my ingredient standards. Here’s how we make cooking more healthy, interesting, and fun with recipe substitutions.
First you’ll need to create a substitution list of common ingredients that you do not want in your kitchen….the bad Common Ingredients on the left, and the good Healthy Substitutes on the right. Here’s a few of mine, as examples…
|Common Ingredients||Healthy Substitutes|
|Processed Sugar (uncooked)||Raw Honey or Stevia|
|Processed Sugar (for baking)||Organic Apple Juice Concentrate or Coconut Sugar|
|Processed Sugar (for chewy foods)||Blackstrap Molasses|
|Canola or Corn Oil (under 400 degrees)||Olive Oil|
|Canola or Corn Oil (over 400 degrees)||Avocado Oil|
|Wheat Cereals||Organic Bean or Gluten Free Cereals|
|White Rice||Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice|
|White Potatoes||Organic Sweet Yams|
|White Vinegar||Organic Apple Cider Vinegar|
Next you’ll need to convert the recipe you’re trying to cook with. Any time the recipe asks for a Common Ingredient on the left, you’ll pencil in on your recipe one of your Healthy Substitutes on the right side.
I like to copy the original recipe into one of the many free recipe software programs on the Web, so I can then make my ingredient changes in the software, and save them either online or on my PC for future use. My personal favorite recipe software is a website known as Pepperplate. I like it because it lets me manage my recipes or other website recipes in the software. I can make changes to anything in the recipe, including ingredients, photos, or instructions. Love it! Interested in Pepperplate? Click below for more info.