Swapping ingredients in a recipe is a common practice in the kitchen. You may be missing an ingredient – and therefore use oregano instead of basil – or it might be an addition, like making mashed potatoes incorporating sweet potatoes as well. Replacing an ingredient with something else can also turn your beloved recipes into a healthier version of themselves. It can be done to change flavors or textures, to reduce calorie count or to bump the recipe’s nutritional value.
“Food is comfort. Food is joy,” says Maggie Evans, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Community Hospital