Changing The Recipe
May 15, 2008 5:54pm CST
I have added raisins to many of my recipes. Some people like to add nuts. Last week I added dried cranberries. Do you change the recipes by adding something? Also use applesauce instead of oil when baking, which lowers the calories. Applesauce is really great in bread recipes. Have you used a different item to lower calories?
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16 May 08
I don't usually do it to lower calories, more for variation or because I can't find the ingredient. For example, I use chives instead of spring onions when I make my stir fry ginger beef; apples instead of turnip when I do meatballs... I'll add things like orange or lemon zest into my sweet baked stuff like Madeleine even when they don't call for it. When I'm cooking, I improvise along the way with what I have - once I was making a spicy sauce for some fried fish and I decided to add some crunch to the sauce, so I took out my nut brittle, crushed it using a mortar & pestle and then just added it into the sauce. :)
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18 May 08
I've used applesauce in brownies. It turned out well. I bought a jar of baby food prunes to use in some recipes when I was reading you could use that too. I forgot about it and it sat way too long in the cupboard. I add as much fruit as I can to recipes, I know it adds sugar but hope the nutrition and fiber make up for it. The family doesn't like many raisins so I use canned stuff I have on hand. I know it adds calories, but in my own way, I feel justified in not having desserts around if I have a really nce dinner, plus having a sweet ish taste somewhere in the meal? I like the dried cranberries in salads.