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Missing an Ingredient? Use This!

Common substitutions that do the trick.

If I have learned anything from these past few weeks, it’s that being creative in the kitchen isn’t just fun, it’s necessary! There have been so many times where I crave something, but don’t have all the ingredients to make it. And, I don’t know about you, but once I want something I must. eat. it. So, I’ve been using these different ingredient hacks to get the job done. Just think of this as one less trip to the grocery store and STAY HOME!

*All substitutions are 1:1 unless otherwise noted!


  • Baking Soda: 1 TSP = 1 TBSP baking powder

  • Buttermilk: 1 cup = 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup milk (preferably not fat-free) + 1 TBSP vinegar or 1 TBSP lemon juice (the acid will curdle the milk and thicken it)

  • Cornstarch: Flour, arrowroot, potato starch, tapioca 

  • Light Brown Sugar: 1 cup = 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 TBSP molasses or ½ cup dark brown sugar + ½ cup granulated sugar

  • Milk Chocolate Chips: Chopped milk chocolate bar

  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips: Bittersweet chocolate chips

  • Vanilla Extract: Bourbon or rum


  • Chili Powder: Dash of hot sauce + oregano + paprika + cumin

  • Cinnamon: Nutmeg 

  • Cumin: Chili powder

  • Mustard: Horseradish powder, dry mustard powder, wasabi powder

  • Wasabi: Prepared white horseradish


  • Butter: Coconut oil

  • Half-and-Half: 1 cup = ½ cup whole milk + ½ cup heavy cream (ahh so that’s what it means!)

  • Milk : Oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk

  • Parmesan: Pecorino  

  • Sour Cream: Plain yogurt

  • Whole Milk: 1 cup = 1 cup - 3 TBSP skim milk + 3 TBSP half-and-half, or 1 cup skim / low-fat milk + 2 TBSP melted butter


  • Olive Oil: Avocado or grapeseed oil

  • Canola Oil: Sunflower oil, safflower vegetable oil, corn oil


  • Chinese Mustard : Dijon mustard

  • Ketchup: ¼ cup = 2 TBSP tomato paste + 2 TSP cider vinegar + 2 TSP granulated sugar + 2 TSP water

  • Mayo : Greek yogurt or mashed avocado

  • Tahini: 2 TSP peanut butter + 1 TSP sesame oil

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

This is the book that started it all. "I wanted this book to embody all the foods I love," Chrissy says, "Thai, spicy, saucy, and just straight-up good." The original Cravings cookbook features Chrissy and family's favorite recipes, from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to Pepper's Thai classics.

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