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Recipe substitutions

  • Use this chart to help alter your favorite recipes in heart-healthy ways.

    Instead of Use
    1 whole egg 1/4 cup egg substitute 2 egg whites
    1 cup butter, shortening or lard 1 cup margarine 1/2 margarine plus 1/2 cup fruit puree (applesauce or prune)
    1 cup oil in baked goods equal amounts of fruit puree or applesauce Decrease oil to 2/3 cup.
    1 cup whole cream 1 cup skim milk
    cream evaporated skim milk
    1 cup sour cream 1 cup plain low fat yogurt 1 cup low fat cottage cheese blended with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, add skim milk to desired consistency 1 cup low fat sour cream
    1 ounce or 1 square baking chocolate 3 tablespoons powdered cocoa and 1 tablespoon oil
    1 cup ice cream 1 cup sherbet, frozen low fat yogurt or low fat ice cream
    cream soup reduced fat or fat free cream soup
    1 tablespoon cream cheese 1 tablespoon light Neufchatel cheese 1 tablespoon light cream cheese or fat free cream cheese
    1 ounce cheddar, Colby or Swiss cheese 1 ounce cheese with 2 to 6 grams or fat (or fewer) per ounce
    salt herbs or spices In most recipes, you can cut the salt in half.

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