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Running low on key ingredients? Try these swaps.

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Running low on key ingredients? Try these swaps.

Have you been running low key ingredients like eggs or milk? Try some of these simple food swaps below to help extend a recipe, prevent an unnecessary trip to the supermarket. Ingredient substitutes also help to prevent food waste and save money.

Food Item

Recipe Swap


UHT milk

Evaporated canned milk

Dried milk powder

Coconut milk

Soy milk


Homemade yoghurt using powdered yoghurt mix

Lite sour cream

1 teaspoon lemon juice mixed with 1 cup milk

Homemade labneh or tzatziki

Grated cheese

Use half the amount of grated cheese and replace the other half with grated zucchini/carrot in wet dishes and for topping tacos/pizza.

Use half the amount of cheese and replace the other half with multigrain breadcrumbs or rolled oats for pie toppings

To thicken a sauce, use 2 heaped teaspoons of cornflour mixed in a quarter cup water or milk and stir into sauce. For cheese sauce also then add in 1 cheese slice and stir over a low heat until thickened

Butter / margarine

Reduce the amount in recipes by about a quarter and replace with apple puree for sweet recipes or pumpkin/sweet potato puree for savoury recipes


Dilute creamy sauces with evaporated skim milk.

Dilute pasta or tomato based sauces with canned tomatoes.


For 2 eggs, replace with ½ cup mashed banana/pumpkin/sweet potato for sweet recipes

½ cup applesauce

Mix 1 tablespoon chia/flax seeds with 3 tablespoons water and wait to thicken.

Meat / Chicken

Bulk up casseroles and soups with vegetables, canned tomatoes or legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils) to replace meat.


For a pastry base, cover pie plate base with rolled oats. Rub in ½ cup grated cheese. Carefully pour filling on top before baking.

Place a wrap or tortilla on the bottom of the pan or springform tin and pour filling on top.


Replace with 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce per 1 cup boiling water and stir well

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  2. fruit
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