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23 Brilliant Ingredient Swaps You Should Really Try

Embrace the swapportunities.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their smartest ingredient swaps. Here are the tasty results.

1. Use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs for all your binding needs.

Use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs for all your binding needs.

Submitted by elynnelim.

Get the recipe for these doctored Swedish meatballs here.

2. Try sunflower seeds as a cheaper alternative to pine nuts.

“About 1/4 of the cost but a similar texture.”
Submitted by anitak4bcf585fa.

Get this recipe for pesto using sunflower seeds here.

3. Use the liquid from canned chickpeas (aquafaba) as a vegan substitute for egg white.

Use the liquid from canned chickpeas (aquafaba) as a vegan substitute for egg white.

“You can use it for meringues, macaroons… chocolate mousse. It’s amazing!”
Submitted by rebeckat.

Get the recipe for vegan meringues here.

4. Spread hummus rather than mayo on your favorite sandwiches.

Spread hummus rather than mayo on your favorite sandwiches.

Submitted by missalexis.

Try it in an open face tuna melt! Get the recipe here.

5. Ditch the breadcrumbs and add crushed goldfish to top your mac and cheese.

Ditch the breadcrumbs and add crushed goldfish to top your mac and cheese.

Submitted by Hayley Morrin, Facebook.

Up your game even more by making them into mac and cheese balls. Get the recipe here.

6. Opt for applesauce rather than butter or oil in your baked goods.

Opt for applesauce rather than butter or oil in your baked goods.

Submitted by caceyw.

These glazed applesauce donuts have no butter or oil in them at all. Get the recipe here.

7. Substitute the white sugar for pudding mix in cookies.

Substitute the white sugar for pudding mix in cookies.

“Not really healthier, but it’s yummy.”
Submitted by jenomalleyd.

Check out a recipe for quadruple chocolate pudding cookies here.

8. Swap out butter for avocado when baking a cake.

Swap out butter for avocado when baking a cake.

Submitted by anaisv3.

Get this recipe for chocolate avocado cupcakes here.

9. Cook rice in broth instead of water to boost the flavor.

Cook rice in broth instead of water to boost the flavor.

“It can round out an otherwise one-dimensional meal!”
Submitted by jazzye2.

Get this recipe for cilantro lime rice here.

10. Replace eggs with a combo of chia seeds & water.

Replace eggs with a combo of chia seeds & water.

“It helps the texture and consistency that eggs usually provide in things like bread or cake.”
Submitted by raphaelahops.

Get the recipe for vegan whole wheat waffles here.

11. Substitute pure maple syrup for white sugar.

Substitute pure maple syrup for white sugar.

Submitted by tayr481c6c6af.

Get the recipe for these skinny brownies made with maple syrup and applesauce here.

12. Use yogurt instead of cream in curries or soups.

Use yogurt instead of cream in curries or soups.

Submitted by srishtis418aa0121.

Totally necessary when there’s a chill in the air. Get this recipe for sweet potato coconut curry soup here.

13. Use cauliflower to make mashed “potatoes.”

Use cauliflower to make mashed "potatoes."

Submitted by lianar4ede8ff53.

Add rosemary and garlic because DUH. Learn how to make it here.

14. If you’re out of buttermilk, swap it out for milk with a little vinegar or lemon juice added.

If you're out of buttermilk, swap it out for milk with a little vinegar or lemon juice added.

“Make tasty scones any time!”
Submitted by samantham4922961e7.

Check it out here.

15. If you’re out of brown sugar, mix molasses with plain white sugar.

If you're out of brown sugar, mix molasses with plain white sugar.

Submitted by Ashley Blom, Facebook.

Get the super easy how-to here.

16. Cook your brats in beer instead of oil.

Cook your brats in beer instead of oil.

“It’s not anywhere near healthy, but it tastes better.”
Submitted by stephaniep79.

Get this recipe here.

17. Swap out one egg for half of a ripe banana.

Swap out one egg for half of a ripe banana.

“The final product is moister and has subtle natural sweetness.”
Submitted by malloryd4de0e7ca3.

*Bonus* you can eat the batter or dough without being afraid. You can find the recipe for this chocolate banana monkey snack cake here.

18. Use greek yogurt instead of butter and milk when making boxed mac and cheese.

Use greek yogurt instead of butter and milk when making boxed mac and cheese.

“Works best with white cheddar flavors.”
Submitted by ecocrafty.

Or try cottage cheese! Get the recipe here.

19. Coat your chicken in crushed Ritz crackers, not breadcrumbs.

Coat your chicken in crushed Ritz crackers, not breadcrumbs.

“Turned out to be some of the best cutlets I have ever made!”
Submitted by jessicaf22.

Check out the recipe for Ritz cracker butter chicken here.

20. Use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream in desserts.

Use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream in desserts.

Submitted by s0muchcoffee.

You’ll remove some of the calories AND not have to run to the grocery story every time you need fresh heavy cream. Learn how to make evaporated milk ice cream here.

21. Low on flour? Pulverize graham crackers to fill out baked goods.

Low on flour? Pulverize graham crackers to fill out baked goods.

“Never have I eaten better muffins.”
Submitted by anna42.

Get the recipe for strawberry cheese cake graham cracker muffins here.

22. Use creamy avocado instead of mayonnaise in pretty much anything.

Use creamy avocado instead of mayonnaise in pretty much anything.

Submitted by gilbertomorenos.

Try these guacamole deviled eggs for the holidays this year. Get the recipe here.

23. Replace lasagna noodles with tortillas.

Replace lasagna noodles with tortillas.

“So much tastier and super quick. No more dreaded uncooked pasta.”
Submitted by Matthew Joss, Facebook.

Get the recipe for spicy tortilla lasagna here.

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Here Are 21 Healthy Fall Soups To Stock Your Freezer
Amy Sefton / BuzzFeed

1. Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

A whole pot roast dinner in one soup. Get the recipe here.

2. Cauliflower Chowder

Cauliflower Chowder

It looks super creamy but there’s only a cup of 2% milk in there! Get the recipe here.

3. 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

Add the avocado just before serving. Get the recipe here.

4. Korean Tofu Soup

Korean Tofu Soup

If you’re planning to freeze leftovers, don’t put the egg in until you’re just about to eat. Get the recipe here.

5. Mushroom Quinoa Soup

Mushroom Quinoa Soup

Cooked mushrooms make this vegetarian soup taste extra hearty. Get the recipe here.

6. Tuscan Kale, White Bean, and Bread Soup

Tuscan Kale, White Bean, and Bread Soup

The key to deep flavor in a vegetarian soup is simmering a Parmesan rind in the broth. Parmesan gives deliciously savory flavor to everything it touches. Get the recipe here.

7. Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

Don’t fear the bacon. A little bit goes a long way: It gives a lot of flavor for not too many calories. Get the recipe here.

8. Toasted Spelt Soup With Escarole And White Beans

Toasted Spelt Soup With Escarole And White Beans

Spelt is a whole-grain wheat that has a nutty taste and a lot of fiber [Read: It will keep you full.] Get the recipe here.

9. Rustic Parsnip Soup

Rustic Parsnip Soup

Coconut milk makes this ~extra creamy~. Get the recipe here.

10. Beet Soup with Caraway

Beet Soup with Caraway

Purple, pretty, and so healthy. Get the recipe here.

11. Thai Pumpkin Noodle Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas

Thai Pumpkin Noodle Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas

If you’re going to freeze this, don’t add the noodles. (They’ll expand and get mushy in the freezer.) Just boil and add the noodles when you are about to eat. Get the recipe here.

12. Vegan Kale and Quinoa Minestrone

Vegan Kale and Quinoa Minestrone

Get the recipe here.

13. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Get the recipe here.

14. Coconut Curried Cauliflower Soup

Coconut Curried Cauliflower Soup

Get the recipe here.

15. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese

Get the recipe here.

16. Spinach and White Bean Soup

Spinach and White Bean Soup

Get the recipe here.

17. Simple Pumpkin Soup

Simple Pumpkin Soup

The soup will do well in the freezer, but make the garlic-kale topping before serving. It will keep in the fridge for a few days. Get the recipe here.

18. Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

Get the recipe here.

19. Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Knobby, end-of-season tomatoes are perfect in this blended soup. The grilled cheese is optional, or is it? Get the recipe here.

20. Simple Creamy Carrot Soup

Simple Creamy Carrot Soup

Get the recipe here.

21. Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

Get the recipe here.

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17 Brilliant Slow Cooker Hacks

How to cut clean up time, figure out high vs. low, and slow cook like a pro.

Amy Sefton / for BuzzFeed

1. Cut clean up time in half by using slow cooker liners.

No more soaking overnight or scrubbing like there’s no tomorrow. $8 here.

2. Get rid of stubborn stains with white vinegar + baking soda.

Get rid of stubborn stains with white vinegar + baking soda.

Instructions here.

3. Learn how to convert your favorite oven recipes for the slow cooker.

Learn how to convert your favorite oven recipes for the slow cooker.

And vice versa. More info here.

4. Don’t have a programmable slow cooker? A plug-in attachment can fix that.

Don't have a programmable slow cooker? A plug-in attachment can fix that.

This one is compatible with several slow cookers, and allows you to set cook time and temperature.

5. Or, if you’ve got ~cash to burn~, invest in a WiFi-enabled Crock Pot that you can control from your phone.

Or, if you've got ~cash to burn~, invest in a WiFi-enabled Crock Pot that you can control from your phone.

LOL, technology. More info here.

6. When cooking, add dairy products — like milk or cheese — at or near the end.

Cooking dairy products at high heat for a long period of time can cause them to curdle, so save them for last. (Recipe for this creamy corn chowder here.)

7. The same goes for things like pasta, (cooked) beans, and small vegetables.

Sauces can cook low and slow, but in order to keep pasta al dente, you’ll want to add the noodles within the last 10 minutes or so — or, for the very best results, cook them separately on the stovetop. (Recipe for short rib sauce here.) Similarly, things like cooked beans and tender vegetables should go in last, since you only want them to heat through and not turn to mush.

8. To build flavor, brown meats on the stovetop first.

Is it absolutely necessary? Nope. But is it almost always worth the extra few minutes of prep? Yes. Quickly searing the meat adds a savory, caramelized flavor you just can’t get from the slow cooker on its own. (Recipe for French Dip sandwiches here.)

9. Avoid overcooking by running the slow cooker overnight instead of during the day.

Avoid overcooking by running the slow cooker overnight instead of during the day.
BuzzFeed

No more stressing out about leaving work on time, or letting that pulled pork overcook while you’re stuck in traffic. This way, you can also take your time with any prep the night before, instead of rushing through it in the morning.

10. Things that don’t require any stirring (like dried beans) are ideal overnighters. The same goes for stews or chilis that taste better after they’ve had a chance to sit.

Things that don't require any stirring (like dried beans) are ideal overnighters. The same goes for stews or chilis that taste better after they've had a chance to sit.

Three cheers for coming home to reheat-and-eat dinners that are actually delicious. (Also: More on how to slow-cook dried beans here.)

11. Make sure hot food cools down properly before you store it.

If you cook overnight and are pressed for time in the morning, you can expedite the cooling process with a DIY ice bath. More info on that — and on why you should never put hot food in a cold fridge — at The Kitchn.

12. Don’t open the lid unless you have to.

Don't open the lid unless you have to.

Unless you’re adding ingredients or the directions call for you to give it a quick stir, avoid lifting the lid. The lid traps heat, and every time you remove it, it can take up to 30 minutes to regain proper temperature. (Recipe for Braised Short Ribs and Cabbage here.)

13. But you ~should~ remove the lid if you end up with too much liquid.

If you’ve accidentally added — or are left with — too much liquid, remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will let some of that extra liquid reduce down. (Recipe for Corned Beef & Cabbage Soup here.)

14. Big, fattier cuts of meat are usually what slow cookers do best.

Big, fattier cuts of meat are usually what slow cookers do best.

Lean meat (like chicken breasts) can get tough when heated for long periods of time. But fattier cuts — like short ribs, shanks, or shoulder — are ideal when they’re cooked low and slow. The heat lets them break down over several hours, and the fat helps keep the meat juicy and tender.

15. But if you’re ~only~ using your slow cooker for meat, you’re missing out.

You can name it, you can (probably) cook it in a Crock Pot. From big-batch snacks to easy desserts to cocktails.

16. You can also use your slow cooker to make DIY projects, like homemade potpourri.

Perfect for the holiday season. Find more slow cooker DIYs — from soap, to dip-dyed candles, to homemade Play Dough — at Brit + Co.

17. Maximize your meal planning by adding freezer-friendly recipes to your roster.

Maximize your meal planning by adding freezer-friendly recipes to your roster.

Big-batch, freezer-friendly options mean you can prep (or bulk prep) in advance. Then just pack away, and use whenever you’re ready. Find more easy slow cooker recipe ideas here, and vegetarian ideas here.

Got all that? Go forth and slow cook

 

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35 Meatless Monday Recipes For People Who Hate Tofu

No soy, no problem.

1. Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger

Photo by Parisa Soraya / Via michigan.spoonuniversity.com

Vegetarian burger—it’s possible. Make yours like this.

2. Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Photo by Abigail Wilkins / Via michigan.spoonuniversity.com

Sounds fancy, looks fancy, and tastes fancy. Recipe here.

3. Apple Chickpea Hash

Apple Chickpea Hash

Photo by Kendra Valkema / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Can I say “YUM” any louder? No? See how to make it here.

4. Black Bean and Corn Chili

Black Bean and Corn Chili

Photo by Kelda Baljon / Via spoonuniversity.com

You don’t need meat to make chili awesome. Find the recipe here.

5. Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs

Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs

Photo by Julia Maguire / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most delicious. Make yours like this.

6. Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad

Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad

Photo by Amanda Gajdosik / Via spoonuniversity.com

Lentils are pretty filling and so are potatoes, so I wouldn’t worry about going hungry. Check the recipe here.

7. Maple Glazed Stuffed Squash

Maple Glazed Stuffed Squash

Photo by Kendra Valkema / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

One can only eat so many raw kale salads. Recipe here.

8. Warm Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

Warm Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

Photo by Julia Maguire / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Quinoa is everything. Find out how to make it here.

9. Arugula, Brie and Mushroom Pasta

Arugula, Brie and Mushroom Pasta

Photo by Judy Holtz / Via spoonuniversity.com

Pasta is always the answer. Find out how to make this here.

10. Butternut Squash with Garlic and Thyme

Butternut Squash with Garlic and Thyme

Photo by Julia Maguire / Via spoonuniversity.com

Butternut squash is amazing. Just saying. Try out this recipe here.

11. Wild Rice and Veggie Stuffed Pepper

Wild Rice and Veggie Stuffed Pepper

Photo by Megan Prendergast / Via spoonuniversity.com

Something about stuffed peppers just screams awesome. Learn how to make ’em here.

12. Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Photo by Amanda Shulman / Via upenn.spoonuniversity.com

It’s the lighter, more every-day-friendly version of your favorite comfort food. Recipe here.

13. 6 Ingredient Avocado Eggrolls

6 Ingredient Avocado Eggrolls

Photo by Sarah Silbiger / Via bu.spoonuniversity.com

They’re so simple you’ll be looking for excuses to make them everyday. Make yours like this.

14. Easy Indian Curry

Easy Indian Curry

By Vinita Saggurti / Via upenn.spoonuniversity.com

Curry in a hurry with this easy recipe.

15. Black Bean Burritos

Black Bean Burritos

Photo by Santina Renzi / Via spoonuniversity.com

Meatless Monday? Taco Tuesday? What’s the difference? Try out this recipe.

16. Creamy Mushroom Rotini

Creamy Mushroom Rotini

Photo by Devon Carlson / Via spoonuniversity.com

Another day, another pasta dish. Try this out if you feel like you need something creamy. Find the recipe here.

17. Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos

Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos

Photo by Ali Toes / Via washu.spoonuniversity.com

Now that’s both spicy and sweet. Check out the recipe here.

18. Crispy Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Crispy Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Photo by Sally Zhang / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Why haven’t you made this yet? Yeah, you have no good reason. Stop procrastinating and look up how to make it here.

19. Lemon Quinoa with Peas

Lemon Quinoa with Peas

Photo by Kelda Baljon / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

A total delight. Recipe here.

20. Veggie Casserole

Veggie Casserole

Photo by Rachel Cali and Sarah Cali / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Nothing heartier and healthier than a casserole made of veggies. Learn the recipe here.

21. Pizza-nini

Pizza-nini

Photo by Tarika Narain / Via dartmouth.spoonuniversity.com

Add some veggies to make it go from Pizza-nini to Veggie Supreme. Find out how here.

22. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Pear

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Pear

An elegant lunch or dinner. Recipe here.

23. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Pasta

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Pasta

Photo by Maggie Gorman / Via spoonuniversity.com

Can’t get enough of those pasta dishes. Figure out how to make this flavorful one here.

24. Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

Photo by Katherine Baker / Via spoonuniversity.com

Pull this off in under 20 minutes like this.

25. Ricotta Crostinis with Figs and Honey

Ricotta Crostinis with Figs and Honey

Photo by Julia Maguire / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Doesn’t this seem like an elegant dinner you’d get at a restaurant? You can make it for yourself here.

26. Beet and Barley Risotto

Beet and Barley Risotto

Photo by Julie Kahng / Via binghamton.spoonuniversity.com

50 shades of purple. Recipe here.

27. Cashew Cheese Stuffed Shells

Cashew Cheese Stuffed Shells

Photo by Keni Lin / Via duke.spoonuniversity.com

To the vegans and non-dairy eaters: you have no good reason not to make this. Recipe here.

28. Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

Photo by Sarah Silbiger / Via bu.spoonuniversity.com

Sometimes, you just want soup. Whenever the craving strikes, you can look at this recipe.

29. Homemade Veggie Chorizo

Homemade Veggie Chorizo

Photo by Maggie Gorman / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Yup, it’s “chorizo” but it’s not real meat, and it’s not tofu (hint: there’s some sweet potato in there). Check out the recipe here.

30. Coconut Black Bean Stew

Coconut Black Bean Stew

Photo by Keah Hansen / Via mcgill.spoonuniversity.com

This flavorful stew nourishes the body and soul. Find out how to make it with this recipe.

31. Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

Photo by Elizabeth Layman / Via cal.spoonuniversity.com

For a quick veggie fix, make this delicious salad recipe.

32. DIY P.F. Chang’s Quinoa Fried Rice

DIY P.F. Chang’s Quinoa Fried Rice

Photo by Parisa Soraya / Via michigan.spoonuniversity.com

Recreate this epic dish at home with this recipe.

33. Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

Thai-Style Vegetable Curry

Photo by Rae Steinbach / Via spoonuniversity.com

Bonus: You’ll have leftovers for days. Recipe here.

34. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Photo by Connie Fan / Via upenn.spoonuniversity.com

Because why bake once, what you can bake twice? Recipe here.

35. Eggplant Chickpea Stew

Eggplant Chickpea Stew

Photo by Amanda Shulman / Via upenn.spoonuniversity.com

A satisfying soup for cold winter days. Recipe here.

 

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