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Recipe substitutions

  • Use this chart to make healthful changes to your favorite recipes.

    Ingredients Substitutions 
    1 whole egg
    • 1/4 cup egg substitute
    • 2 egg whites
    1 cup butter, shortening or lard
    • 1/2 cup butter plus 1/2 cup fruit puree (applesauce or prune) in baked goods
    • 1 cup canola oil in place of melted butter
    1 cup oil in baked goods
    • equal amounts of fruit puree or applesauce
    • decrease oil to 2/3 cup
    1 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup fat-free milk or low-fat milk
    • 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 fat-free milk to desired consistency
    • 1 cup low-fat or fat-free sour cream
    1 ounce (one square) baking chocolate
    • 3 tablespoons powdered cocoa and 1 tablespoon oil
    1 cup ice cream
    • 1 cup sherbet, low-fat frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream
    cream soup
    • reduced fat or fat-free cream soup
    1 tablespoon cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon Neufchatel cheese
    • 1 tablespoon light cream cheese or fat-free cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese, pureed
    1 ounce cheddar, colby, Swiss cheese
    • 1 ounce cheese that contains 2 to 6 grams of fat (or fewer) per ounce
    1 cup mayonnaise
    •  1 cup low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise

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