Real Simple

Things Cooks Know

If you don’t have something handy, get creative. The flavor may not be exactly the same, but it’ll be close enough. Bonus points for experiment­ation.


Ingredient swap sheet


Unless otherwise noted, these are one-to-one swaps. Fish sauce

Soy sauce Tamari Sherry vinegar

Red wine vinegar White wine vinegar Apple cider vinegar Maple syrup

Honey Agave nectar Canned chickpeas

Canned cannellini beans Panko

Dry bread crumbs Farro

Wheatberri­es Barley Brown rice Dried cherries

Dried cranberrie­s Raisins Frozen kale

Frozen spinach Ground chicken

Ground turkey Ground lamb

Ground beef Pancetta

Bacon Almond butter

Peanut butter Sunflower seed butter Almonds

Walnuts Pecans Broccoli

Cauliflowe­r 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs 1 teaspoon dried herbs Apples

Firm pears Shallots

Onions Chives

Scallion greens 1 clove garlic 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Shredded Gruyère

Shredded Cheddar Shredded Monterey Jack Grated Grana Padano

Grated Parmesan Greek yogurt

Sour cream Crème fraîche Ricotta

Drained cottage cheese

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