What to use in place of butter or margarine?

United States
August 25, 2008 3:36pm CST
Okay, mylot friends. I am trying to cook healthier for my husband and myself. My next step is trying to figure out what to use in place of butter/margarine to cook with and then to use for example, on the baked potatoe, etc. I can't wait to hear all your suggestions. Thanks and God bless you!
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Aug 08
We've switched our spreading choice of spreads to "Brummel & Brown" spreadable yogurt. It tastes like the butter you are used to eating on toast. I use it, too, for flavoring my veggies and potatoes. I don't know much for baking. You may be successful substituting applesauce, yogurt,in baking. It's a one for one sub. (i.e. 1 c. applesauce for 1 c. butter) Vegetable oil can sometimes be substituted, but I'm not sure exactly how the ratios work. You've gotten other great ideas. I'm looking forward to trying a few myself. :)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Oh we love the Brummel & Brown Strawberry spread! I love it on bagels but I don't know if that flavored would be good on my baked potatoe. Do they make a plain one or a milder flavor that could be used on a potatoe? Thanks for all your ideas. God bless you!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Aug 08
yes, they make a plain flavor. We use it just like butter. The container is blue & white, if that helps find it at the store. Here's a link to the companies site... http://www.brummelandbrown.com/product1.asp
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Thanks that will help me to look tomorrow when I go to the grocery. God bless you!
@deebomb (15348)
• United States
26 Aug 08
You can make a sour cream with silken tofu that tastes pretty good. The recipe is 8 oz. soft tofu, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Put it all in the blinder and liquefy. It can be used in recipes that call for sour cream. I take my real butter and add half as much extra virgin olive oil and blend it to make the butter soft. A really good olive oil tastes good in the place of butter on some things and it is good for you.
• United States
26 Aug 08
WOW! thanks so much! I will definitely try the 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil. Thanks for the great idea! God bless you!
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@deebomb (15348)
• United States
26 Aug 08
You can adjust the oil to get the consistency you want too.
@jwfarrimond (4477)
25 Aug 08
I use vegetable oil (sunflower) in place of margarine in baking cakes and bread. That works quite well I find.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Is the oil better for you than the margarine? I have been thinking down the wrong track, I think. Maybe buying sunflower or cranola oil is also another good thing to substitute for my cooking oil. So I need to be thinking about that plus the butter/margarine. Thanks for this idea. God bless you!
26 Aug 08
Sunflower oil is low in saturated fats and that's supposed to be better for you than the saturated fats that you get in margarine or butter. But remember the old saying: "everything in moderation" Neither margarine or butter is bad in themselves, it's just when they are used to excess. A small amount of butter on a baked potato for example isn't going to kill you, but consuming large amounts of butter will do so - eventually. Olive oil is also supposed to be very good and the so called "Mediterranean Diet" which is to say the usual diet of the countries around the Mediterranean, which uses large amounts of olive oil in both cooking and as a cold dressing on salads, is claimed to be responsible for the lower incidence of heart disease in those countries. It's also worth noting that Japan, which before the Second World War had a diet which was mainly rice/vegetable/fish based had a low incidence of heart disease at that time. But after the end of the war, the Japanese adopted a more "American" diet with much more fatty meat and the incidence of heart disease in Japan has risen since then. This speaks for it'self.
@lilybug (21183)
• United States
25 Aug 08
For a baked potato topping instead of butter or margarine you could use sour cream(low fat of course), salsa, low fat chili, some fat free ranch dressing, broccoli and a little cheese sauce.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Yes, I will be trying those suggestions. Thanks for your response and your great ideas. God bless you!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
25 Aug 08
OH... I love ranch dressing on potatoes. FF or lowfat mayo is good on them, too, in place of sour cream.
@dragon54u (27769)
• United States
26 Aug 08
They have margarine that you can spray on and it tastes pretty good with very few calories. Cooking with sprayable cooking stuff like Pam has no calories at all but buy the generic and save money. I like the butter flavor spray. If you want to get something crispy, spray the pan and before you turn the food over, spray it. If you're baking, substituting applesauce for butter or margarine or oil saves tons of calories and doesn't change the consistency very much.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Thanks and yes I love my Pam, or my generic Pam. LOL I use it all the time. It doesn't take much and works great! Thanks for the great ideas. I will try to applesauce substitute also sometimes. Thanks and God bless you!
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
25 Aug 08
I haven't used margarine for about 3 years now after reading how bad it is for us - it's not far away from being plastic! So I only use pure butter now for spreading, but of course, in moderation. For a healthy topping on baked potatoes, use a plain yoghurt with salt & pepper, or a light sour cream with a little bit of avocado mixed into it - delicious!
• United States
25 Aug 08
I had read some articles how bad margarine was so I think I am going to get off of it as soon as what I have bought is gone and I don't have much left. I will keep butter here for special occasions. Thanks for the good ideas and God bless you!
@sedel1027 (17870)
• United States
25 Aug 08
On a baked potato you could use yogurt or olive oil. Even though butter was labeled "bad" it is actually a lot better for you than margarine is.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I have heard that butter is really better for us than margarine. I am going to try out the butter and try your ideas also. Thanks for the response and God bless you for taking the time to read and answer my discussion.
@irishidid (8105)
• United States
25 Aug 08
There is nothing wrong with using butter in moderation. Just avoid margarine. I refuse to give up butter. There are lighter butter version that you can try out. I believe Land O Lakes has some different choices. As for baked potatoes, my philosophy is pile it on.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Well, I am trying not to "pile it on" for our health's sakes. But I have heard that there really isn't anything wrong with butter if used in "moderation" as you said. I will definitely check out Land O Lakes and I think there is one I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Thanks for your response and God bless you!
@AmbiePam (41617)
• United States
26 Aug 08
My mom and I both use Smart Source. I don't even really taste a difference in quality between Smart Source butter and the real thing. Maybe some people do, but it's so much healthier than anything else, and it is affordable. Where I can cut calories or fat, I surely want to.
@AmbiePam (41617)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Smart Balance, not Smart Source. : )
• Canada
27 Aug 08
We use a mixture of butter and olive oil. Tastes like butter, but just a bit healthier with the olive oil.
@roniroxas (10577)
• Philippines
26 Aug 08
then why not use olive oil instead. canola oil is also healthy that you can use for your husbands food. http://www.ochef.com/137.htm ihope that site can help you to choose what to replace cooking oil and what is the best oil to choose and what can match to your husbands taste. my mom uses canola oil and extra virgin olive oil for her food.
@metschica25 (5411)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Hello When I am on a diet i use a spray butter, or a butter seasoning . There are many types of herbs and spices out there that are good for you and taste great . Also, light sour cream is pretty good . I hope you get many ideas