A List of All the Foods You Can Freeze

Have you ever wondered if you can freeze particular foods? Like, can you freeze cheese? Can you freeze milk? What about spinach? If you’ve ever asked yourself or googled these questions, this post is for you! It’s a huge list of all the foods you can freeze.

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With the cost of groceries these days, it is so important to use everything you bought. Being wasteful and throwing out food that has gone bad, is not ideal, obviously.

That’s why I love my freezer! I use my freezer often to freeze items that are about to go bad. Or to stock up when my store has a crazy good deal on something that my family loves.

How to use your freezer to save money:

  • Buy in bulk: As I mentioned above, I like to stock up on good deals. I buy as much as my budget will allow. But sometimes, I know I won’t be able to use all of it before it goes bad. So into the freezer it goes for another day!
  • Use it for freezer meals: This is also a time saver! I like to double recipes so I can freeze the second meal. I often do this with pasta sauce, pulled pork/chicken and taco meat as well.
  • Store convenience meals: Not the most healthful option, but I like to always have frozen pizzas, chicken nuggets, frozen appetizers and premade meals in the freezer. This has saved us so many times from getting expensive take out!

As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a freezer.

But let’s get on with the good part. Which foods can you freeze that will still taste great once they thaw? Let’s take a look!

Can You Freeze Dairy?

You sure can! Dairy products are some of the foods you can freeze! But one thing to remember, is that the texture is most likely to change after being frozen. So frozen dairy products are best to be used by cooking or mixing into something else.

  • Cheese – Shredded or sliced cheese are best for meal prep. You can freeze a whole block of cheese, but it’s hard to use once it thaws because it just crumbles. (so shredding or slicing before freezing is a smart idea!)
  • Butter – Butter is something that I always stock up on when it’s on sale. It freezes great and ensures I always have some on hand for baking or cooking!
  • Yogurt – Yogurt tubes freeze well and are a different alternative to popsicles! I have found yogurt from containers work well in smoothies, not as a stand alone snack.
  • Cream cheese – The consistency might change on this one. Thaw it slow in the fridge or use it in casseroles that you will be putting in the freezer. I like to use it in my freezer mashed potatoes.
  • Sour cream – Again, the consistency would change, but it’s great in casseroles like freezer mashed potatoes!
  • Milk – You sure can freeze milk! Freeze it right in the jug, or put it into ice cube trays or measure it into increments for your most used recipes. If you freeze it in the jug, unthaw it in the fridge and shake often.
  • Cream – You can freeze and unthaw cream the same way you would with milk.
foods you can freeze

Can you freeze produce?

This might be an obvious one, but there are some produce items that aren’t so obvious!

  • Berries – Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries all freeze well for smoothies or for sauces.
  • Bananas – No matter how you freeze bananas, they are so good for smoothies and banana bread or banana muffins!
  • Fruit – Cherries, sliced peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, and even sliced lemons and limes freeze well. Make sure to freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer and then add them to a freezer bag so they don’t all freeze together in a big clump!
  • Avocados – You can freeze ripe avocados! Freeze them whole, halved, diced, sliced and even mashed (guacamole). This is amazing because they can be so expensive!
  • Vegetables – Peas, onions, peppers, shredded zucchini, squash and mashed pumpkin all freeze well in freezer bags. Vegetables like asparagus, green/yellow beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, corn and carrots freeze well after a little blanching.
  • Spinach – Since spinach can get slimy fast, it’s great to know you can put some in a bag and freeze it! Now, it won’t be good to use in a fresh salad, but in a smoothie, lasagna, or casserole…yum!

Can you freeze meats and poultry?

Of course, after you find a good deal in the meat department, you probably go home and freeze most of what you stocked up on, right? This is another no brainer, but with some sneaky protein sources thrown in.

  • Beef – I like to freeze uncooked steaks, roasts and ground beef in freezer bags. A vacuum sealer would be ideal if it’s in the budget! Sometimes, I’ll make up a batch up meatballs and cook them part way, then throw them in the freezer.
  • Chicken – Freeze chicken uncooked or cooked. Pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is also excellent for freezing after you debone and shred it up.
  • Pork – I usually buy pork in a club size pack so by freezing it into smaller portions, I can get a few meals out of one pack.
  • Lunch Meat – I’m not sure how the deli meat from the deli counter would freeze, but I know that the lunch meat that you purchase in the packages freeze well. Pull them out a day or two before you need them so they can thaw in the fridge.
  • Hot dogs/smokies/sausage – I almost always throw these in the freezer right away because they aren’t eaten on a regular basis here. I take them out on an as needed basis.
  • Eggs – Yes! You can freeze eggs! I have frozen scrambled eggs in breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and egg muffins with success.
  • Fish/seafood – This is another thing that a vacuum sealer would be great for!
  • Cooked beans/lentils – If you make a big batch, freezing extras can be such a time saver for another day!

Be sure to always freeze in meal-sized portions so you don’t thaw too much and have to worry about using it up before it goes bad!

Can you freeze baked goods?

I’m a huge fan of freezing baked goods! Nothing like pulling out some cookies to serve impromptu guests!

  • Cookies – After baking, allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer bag to pull out as needed!
  • Muffins/cupcakes – Again, once cooled, I like to wrap these individually in plastic wrap, them add them to a freezer bag.
  • Granola bars – This reminded me that I used to make these delicious homemade granola bars that I would take to work! I would cut them up, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap, put them in a freezer bag and pull one out every day.
  • Bread – Either store bought or homemade, throw them in the freezer. For homemade bread, I would wrap really well in tin foil then place in a freezer bag.
  • Tortillas – I buy mini tortillas from Superstore and they go straight into the freezer for taco night. You could also prep from burritos or quesadillas for lunches.
  • Bagels – Because we like bagels but don’t eat them often, I keep a bag in the freezer so we can pull one out to toast.
  • Pancakes/waffles/French toast – I always make these from scratch and the leftovers always go in a freezer bag so I can pull them out and heat them up in the toaster for easy breakfasts.

Other things you can freeze

  • Flours – I often freeze flours especially when I buy a big bag on sale. When we were exploring food sensitivities with one of my daughters, I always put the specialty flours in the freezer because they can be expensive and I didn’t want them to spoil!
  • Nuts – whole or chopped, nuts freeze well.
  • Poppy seeds – I use poppy seeds for one recipe, Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing, so when I buy a bag, it goes into the freezer.
  • Flax/chia seeds – Freeze these right in their bag. Once opened, add the original bag to a freezer bag for added protection.
  • Herbs – If you have a garden, then I’m sure you have an abundance of herbs. Freezing them can be a great way to preserve them.
  • Soups – Freeze soups in mason jars or freezer bags. Soups with potatoes will most likely change consistency. (the potatoes get grainy.)
  • Sauces – Like soups, freeze sauces in mason jars or freezer bags.
  • Freezer meals – As the name suggests, there are so many recipes out there for freezer meals that you can make at home. Lasagna, chili, shepherds pie, pesto chicken stuffed shells and so much more.

There you have it! A great big list of things you can freeze! What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

11 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy on a budget

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy is already a difficult challenge for most people, but to do so while prices are constantly on the rise, can seem completely impossible.

Fortunately, that isn’t the case.

Today, I’ve got several simple tips that can help your family eat better and save money at the same time. Check out these tips on eating healthy on a budget:

Plan Out Your Meals

Planning out your meals for the week is an excellent way to save your family money. It’s also a
great way to limit the amount you get take out.

Before you plan your meals, take a quick scan of your pantry/fridge/freezer to see if there are any meals you know you can make with what you already have.

To fill in any gaps take a look in the grocery store flyers to see what is on sale. Choose some meals using sale ingredients.

Planning meals this way will save you big bucks and you’ll be eating healthy on a budget in no time.

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Stick to Your Grocery List

After you’ve planned out your meals and made a list of everything that you need, it’s time to go shopping.

But don’t stray from the list!

Impulse buys are the number one reason why my grocery bill is often higher than I expect.

Be encouraged to download a shopping app or list app to your phone so you can write your shopping list there. I like the Flipp app for this. Since you most likely have your phone with you at all times, you’ll have your grocery list at all times too!

I have also found great success in eliminating impulse buys, by using the grocery pickup services offered by most grocery stores these days!

Avoid Shopping While Hungry

Have you ever made the mistake of taking a trip to the grocery store on an empty
stomach?

If you have, you may have noticed that you not only spent a lot more money than
usual, but that you also purchased more processed foods that were of very little nutritional value.

So if you’re trying to eat healthy on a budget, don’t make the mistake of shopping while you’re hungry.

Stock Up on Sale Items

As I mentioned earlier, one of the best things that you can do for your budget is to shop sale items. If you have a little bit of wriggle room in your budget stock up on as many as you can if you know your family will eat it in a timely fashion.

Eating healthy on a budget

While you’ll be spending more upfront, this keeps you from paying full price on these items later on when you need them.

Shop More for Whole Foods

The perimeter of any grocery store is where you will find the majority of whole foods. Which is what you need to be eating more of when you’re trying to eat healthy.

But I’m not going to lie to you.

These food items are typically more expensive than what you will find in the center aisles.

However, if you make a habit of filling up your grocery cart with more whole foods, you’ll discover that there’s less need for the more processed, more expensive ingredients of the center aisles.

Skip Out on Processed Foods

When you’re eating healthy on a budget, your grocery store’s center aisles are where you need to be extra cautious.

Why? Because that’s where all your favorite snacks and processed foods are!

Not only do these food items contain hardly any nutritional value, they aren’t very filling. You’ll find yourself eating more than you should and spending more money than if you made it from scratch.

The less money you spend on these items, the more you can put towards healthier foods that also may not be very cheap.

But if you have to buy certain processed foods (Off the top of my head: pasta sauce, crackers, canned vegetables), try to purchase what’s on sale.

Buy in Bulk

Shopping for certain items in bulk can save your family a huge chunk of money. This includes
staple foods like rice, beans, oats, and pasta, all of which can be used to make a
nutritious meal for your family.

Dried fruits and nuts are great snack items that can also be purchased in bulk. These keep well in the freezer if you won’t get through them before they go off.

Buy Generic

When you’re on a tight budget, buying generic brand foods can be a smart way to shop. Most grocery stores sell them alongside the national leading brands. But what may be surprising to you is that many of them are of the same quality as your favorite brands, only cheaper!

Just remember to pay attention to the ingredient list and compare it to the leading brands so that you don’t settle for less quality or get something that has unexpected ingredients in it.

Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

Do you find that particular fruits and vegetables always seem to go bad before you can eat them? Throwing out rotten produce is no different than throwing your hard-earned money into the trash.

Don’t hesitate to shop for fruits and vegetables in the frozen aisle. You’ll still be getting all of the nutrients as you would with fresh produce.

Buying frozen is cheaper too, especially when these items are no longer in season.

Eat Less Meat But Still Get Your Protein

Meat prices have surely gone up this year.

Instead of eating meat as often, how about seeking out other food sources to get your protein? Some examples include legumes, eggs, hemp seeds, canned fish, and other canned meats.

Not only do most of these items have a long shelf life, but they’re also much cheaper to buy than meat.

Cook Enough to Have Leftovers

As long as your family doesn’t mind eating leftovers, cooking larger portions is a great way to
save you both time and money.

Leftovers can be used to create a completely different meal, or used as lucnh the next day.

Whatever you don’t plan on eating right away, you can place in the freezer for later. I like to do this with our extra spaghetti sauce and taco meat. This is also a great way to keep you from thinking that you have no choice but to eat out when you’re not feeling in the mood to cook a meal from scratch. 🙂

Eating healthy on a budget is possible! You can still find foods that are full of nutrients that won’t break the bank while walking past the ones that aren’t the best choice.

It really just comes down to making smarter decisions while you’re shopping at the grocery store. Can you think of any other ways to be eating healthy on a budget?

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How to Build a Frugal Pantry

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How to Build a Frugal Pantry

Keeping your pantry stocked with necessities is a great way to avoid the take-out trap. But how exactly do you build a frugal pantry so it can perform its duties best and not cost an arm and a leg?

Take a look below at some helpful tips on how to build a frugal pantry, so you can be sure you always have everything you need right at your fingertips. Building a frugal pantry is simple, and as you will see, it doesn’t require you breaking the bank to get started. Now, let’s get building!

1. Evaluate your eating habits.

To begin, take a look at the meals your family eats each week. Do you love casseroles? Slow Cooker meals? Veggie side dishes? Snacks? Knowing what your family enjoys regularly can help you best plan out your pantry. Write down 10-12 dishes your family loves so you can start to deconstruct the meals by the ingredients used.

2. Deconstruct the meals by ingredients.

Once you know what you are eating, it’s time to deconstruct the meals by the ingredients used. For example, if you love spaghetti dinners, you will want to make sure you have pasta noodles, pasta sauce, and ground beef on hand at all times.

Another example would be ingredients in the premade meals and snacks you buy, like instant oatmeal or muffins. It’s definitely cheaper to create these convenience items at home and they can often taste much better.

3. Create your list.

Once you know what you need, you can create your shopping list. The idea is to stock up on canned and dry goods that can be used in a variety of ways. All of these items can be purchased in bulk and last a long time, so you will have a stocked pantry that is easily accessible. Here is what your shopping list may look like:

  • How to build a frugal pantryDried rice, pasta noodles, quinoa, couscous
  • Flour, salt, pepper, sugar, baking soda, baking powder
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried and canned soup mixes
  • Dried and canned sauce mixes
  • Assorted seasonings and dried herbs for sauces, marinades, and coatings.
  • Dried cereals, granolas, and oatmeal
  • Crackers and bread mixes (for use as intended or to create coatings)
  • Oils and vinegars for cooking or seasoning
  • Dried beans, lentils, nuts, seeds

You could also check out my Basic Pantry List that includes a helpful printable!

4. Buy on Sale

Try to purchase all of your pantry staples while they’re on sale. This will give you the most bang for your buck and allow you to purchase more than what you normally would have if they weren’t on sale. If you’re into using coupons, be sure to use any that you may have!

5. Organize your pantry.

Once you have your items, you want to organize the pantry so the ingredients are easy to find. Group them as described above. This will help you see what you have, see what you want to use, and see what you may need to buy.

Currently, I’m organizing all like items in plastic baskets like these. But airtight containers like these are on my wish list!

6. Start cooking!

Use your frugal pantry ingredients to create all of your favorite meals. In most cases, all you need to add is fresh meat, dairy, or a few fresh vegetables or fruits to finish off the recipe. Having these pantry staples on hand will cover the bulk of the recipe while saving you time and cash.

So are you ready to eat great while saving some money? It’s easy to build a frugal pantry when you give these tips a try!

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4 Delicious No-Bake Recipes You Can Easily Whip Up With Items in Your Pantry

You don’t have to be a wannabe chef to whip up some delicious meals. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which is great news for anyone who prefers spending their free time binge-watching a show on Netflix or catching up on their reading.

All you have to do, is dig into your pantry and grab a few basic items to whip up these recipes. Best of all? You won’t even have to turn on your stove or touch your oven because they’re no bake recipes!

No Bake Recipes Using Pantry Staples

No Bake Recipes using pantry items

3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Want a no bake oatmeal cookie recipe that’s impossible to mess up? Then follow these instructions to create a batch of oatmeal cookies that are delicious and gluten-free. Best of all, you don’t need oil or butter to make them. Here’s what you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of syrup (you can replace with about 20 drops of Stevia, or ½ cup of sugar)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Grab a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients together. Make sure to mix well until they’re combined. Then, use your hands to form 12 small balls and place them on a large plate lined with parchment paper. Press each ball into the shape of a cookie and add the chocolate chips on top. Now refrigerate for about 30 minutes until they’re nice and firm.

Extra Yummy Microwave Cheese Sandwich

Craving a cheese sandwich but don’t feel like driving to the nearest fast food restaurant or turning on the stove to cook one? Then try this microwave cheese sandwich recipe. It makes a perfect go-to breakfast meal. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • A few slices of turkey or ham
  • 1 tablespoon of salsa
  • 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 split and toasted whole wheat bagel or two slices of bread
  • 3-4 spinach leaves

Place one of the pieces of break on the bottom of a custard cup, a ramekin, or a dish that’s microwave-proof and coat it with some salsa. Sprinkle with the cheese and microwave for 30 seconds until the cheese is melted. Now add some salsa, the turkey slices, and some spinach leaves to the other slice of bread and close the sandwich. Heat it up for 10 more seconds and enjoy this delicious mini treat.

3-ingredient Cookies & Ice Cream Pie

A cookies and ice cream pie recipe might sound complicated, but it’s actually quick, simple to do, and perfect for any occasion. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos or any kind of sandwich cookies you like)
  • 1 cup melted chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups of softened ice cream

Place the sandwich cookies in a gallon sized plastic bag and smash them with a pan or rolling pin until they’re crushed. Now pat the cookie crumbs in to the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish. Then spread the softened ice cream on top and even it out. Then drizzle the top with some melted chocolate and place in the freezer for 4 hours to harden the ice cream.

The Easiest 3 Ingredient Cheesecake in the World

Looking for a 3-ingredient cheesecake that is very creamy and will take your taste buds on the greatest adventure in the history of cheesecakes? Then try this recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 liter plain double cream yogurt (Greek yogurt works amazingly well too!)
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 200g crushed biscuits

Press the biscuits down into the bottom of a microwave-safe deep dish. Then mix the condensed milk with the yogurt and pour the mixture over the even biscuit layer. Now smooth the top and microwave the entire thing on high for about 6 minutes. Then let it cool in the fridge and serve.

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18 Food Items You Should Always Keep in Your Pantry

This list of 18 food items that you should always keep in your pantry, will help you create frugal, healthy, and quick meals.

Here are the best pantry staples to keep on hand at all times

This list of 18 food items that you should always keep in your pantry, will help you create frugal, healthy, and quick meals. When you keep these pantry staples on hand, dinner time is so much smoother. These items will help you to feel great about your grocery budget and what you’re feeding your family.

I would highly recommend buying in bulk, the items you know your family loves, to get the best bang for your buck.

1. Nut or Seed Butter

Nut butters and seed butters are not only great for sandwiches, but can be a great addition to sauces and baking!

2. Pasta

Pasta allows for so many meal options! And with a variety of pastas on the market for various dietary needs, pasta is a real family favourite.

3. Rice or Quinoa

Having rice or quinoa on hand allows for great nutritious side dish options that cook quickly.

4. Canned beans

Dry beans are a great inexpensive option as well, but for quick meals, canned is the way to go! Here are some I like to keep on hand: Pinto, Chickpeas, Garbanzo, Kidney, Black, Cannellini and Refried.

5. Canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are so versatile they can be used in things like chili, soups, fajitas, spaghetti and more! I like to have these in my pantry: Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes, Crushed Tomatoes and Tomato Paste.

6. Spices

No meal is complete without some seasoning from spices! Even if it’s just pepper and salt! Here are some of my favourite spices that get regular use around here: Onion powder, Garlic powder, Ginger, Cumin, Seasoned Salt, Cinnamon, Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Dried Basil and Dried Oregano.

7. Applesauce

Applesauce is a great food staple to store in the pantry because it can be used to replace oil in a crunch. It binds all the ingredients together while baking things like cookies, loafs and cakes. If stored properly, it can last 12 to 18 months on the shelf.

8. Canned Tuna

Canned tuna or salmon are excellent sources of protein and omegas that don’t have to be cooked.

9. Stock or Broth

Pre-made stock or broth makes so many meals faster and easier. Some varieties that I like to have on hand are: Chicken, Vegetable, Beef, Bouillon cubes or powder.

10. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in a lot of homes, especially when the temperature gets cold in the winter. Not only does it make for a great hearty breakfast, it can be used to make oatmeal cookies, granola bars and even bread.

11. Baking Ingredients

Having staple baking ingredients on hand at all times will save you big bucks on your grocery bill. It’s always so much cheaper (and tastier) to create from scratch than to buy something pre-made. Here are the baking ingredients I suggest you have on hand: Flour, Sugar (white, brown and powdered), baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, yeast, oats and chocolate chips.

12. Condensed soups

While you can make your own cream of “something” soups, I highly recommend having a few cans of condensed soup on hand to make meal prep really easy on hectic days.

13. Condiments

Having condiments on hand at all times is something else I recommend to make delicious meals. Here are the ones we regularly keep on hand: Ketchup, mustard, dijon, soy sauce, vinegar (white, apple cider, red wine, rice), BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, honey, maple syrup, peanut butter, mayonnaise and salad dressing.

This list of 18 food items that you should always keep in your pantry, will help you create frugal, healthy, and quick meals.

14. Pasta sauce

Spaghetti is a meal that is on regular rotation here. I don’t over complicate it by having a few jars of pasta sauce on hand. Sometimes I like to add some fresh vegetables like carrots or mushrooms to jazz it up a bit along with the usual ground beef.

15. Tortillas

Tortilla shells are so versatile. They work for taco night, pizzas, wraps and so much more! I even have a recipe for making your own! See the homemade tortilla recipe here.

16. Potatoes

Potatoes can keep for a long time if they are kept in a cool dark place! The same goes for sweet potatoes too.

17. Frozen vegetables

I prefer having frozen vegetables over canned vegetables because I find they are more cost effective and I can control the sodium. (I always have fresh on hand too!) Frozen vegetables make for great quick side dishes and additions to soups or casseroles.

18. Cooking oil

My favourites are olive oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. I use each of those oils for stove top cooking, but I only use grapeseed oil and avocado oil for baking because they don’t have a strong flavor.

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In case you need some easy cheap meal ideas that you can create with some of these staples, I created a list of ideas for you!

Pantry Staple Meals

  • Quesadillas: Butter one side of a tortilla shell, place grated cheese and other toppings (meat, salsa, tomatoes, peppers…etc), then fold the tortilla in half and fry until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  • BBQ Chicken: Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce over top. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken with a fork and serve over buns or potatoes.
  • Spaghetti: Brown some ground beef and stir in a jar of pasta sauce after draining the grease. Red lentils also work really well in pasta sauce! Boil your favorite pasta noodles.
  • Italian Chicken: Place chicken breast in the slow cooker and pour a bottle of Italian dressing over tip. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or low for 5 – 6 hours. Shred with a fork.
  • Tacos: Brown a pack of ground beef, turkey or chicken. Drain the grease. Add a packet of taco seasoning and some water. (You can also make your own taco seasoning.) Serve in tortilla shells or crunchy taco shells with your favorite toppings.
  • Pizza: Using a homemade pizza crust, store bought crust, tortilla shell, naan bread, pita bread or even bagels, spread pizza sauce over top and sprinkle with mozzarella and your favorite toppings. Bake at 400℉ for about 15 minutes.
  • French Toast: Mix 2 eggs with 2/3 cup milk. Dip 6 pieces of thick bread into the mixture until fully coated. Cook in a frying pan on medium heat. Flip once, until both sides are browned.
  • Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pork chops in an oven safe dish. Mix cream of mushroom or chicken soup with water until smooth. Pour over pork chops then bake for about 25 minutes or until the pork reaches a minimum of 145 °F in the middle. Serve with rice or potatoes.

What are some of your go-to meals using pantry staples? Any staples you would add to my list?

18 of the best pantry staples to have on hand to create delicious, budget meals.

Missing an Ingredient? Here are Easy Ingredient Substitutions

Ingredient substitution list

Easy Ingredient Substitutions you need to see

There’s nothing more frustrating than starting to bake or cook something delicious only to find that a key ingredient is missing. Ugh! But there’s no need to scrub a recipe and sulk in frustration. If you know what you’re doing, you can just substitute it with something else! Here are some easy ingredient substitutions that are bound to be in everyone’s pantry or fridge and are sure to save the day.

Read on to see the complete list, or download your own printable Easy Ingredient Substitutions PDF here or by clicking on the image below. (I recommend hanging it up somewhere in your kitchen for easy reference!)

Vegetable oil

Substitute with butter, margarine, coconut oil or apple sauce

Apple Cider Vinegar

Substitute with white vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Substitute with apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

Tomato Sauce

Substitute by mixing one part Tomato Paste and one part Water.
Or substitute with canned tomatoes and adding onions, garlic and some herbs.

Baking Powder (1 tsp)

Substitute with 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Easy Ingredient Substitutions

Bread Crumbs

Substitute with cracker crumbs, crushed cornflakes, ground oatmeal, or even cooked quinoa.

Brown Sugar (1 Cup)

Substitute with 1 cup white sugar and 2 Tbsp molasses.

Butter

Substitute with margarine, oil or shortening

Buttermilk (1 cup)

Substitute with 1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar and enough milk to make 1 cup
Or substitute with 1 cup plain yogurt

Corn Syrup

Substitute with honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup

Ricotta Cheese

Substitute with cottage cheese or cream cheese.

Fresh herbs (1 Tbsp)

Substitute with 1 tsp dried herbs

Honey (1 Cup)

Substitute with maple syrup, corn syrup or 1 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (whatever is called for in the recipe)

Lemon Juice

Substitute with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Mayonnaise

Substitute with sour cream or plain yogurt

Wine

Substitute with beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable broth, apple cider (not vinegar), water, tomato sauce, white grape juice or non-alcoholic wine.

Yeast (1 tsp)

Substitute with 1/2 tsp Baking Soda and 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

Rice

Substitute with Quinoa. (Quinoa also provides twice as much protein and fiber which promote a healthier digestive system.)

Eggs

Substitute with 1 Tbsp ground Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds and 3 Tbsp Water. Mix until gelatinous.
Or substitute with silken tofu.
Or substitute with apple sauce or mashed banana

Pastry Flour (1 cup)

Substitute with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch combined with enough all-purpose flour to make a cup.

Salt

Often times, substituting salt for herbs and other seasonings like onions, lemon or lime can make a dish taste really flavourful.

Sugar

Substitute with 1 and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar.

I hope you find this easy ingredient substitutions list useful! I’ll leave you with the link to download a free printable PDF copy of the list, in case you missed it earlier in the post! 🙂

DOWNLOAD THE INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTION LIST HERE.

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