4 Ingredient Substitutions if You're Not Made of Money

Cooking for oneself is a grand and noble venture, but not all of us have the time or funds to go tracking down every exotic ingredient a given recipe calls for. If you ever find yourself in this jam, try these cheap and easy substitutions for results just as good, if not better than the real thing. 

1. Buttermilk or Yogurt with Milk and Vinegar

Buttermilk food substitutions

Buying buttermilk always seems like a scam because you pay for a liter of putrid liquid knowing you're only ever going to use half a cup. Just replace it entirely by mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar with a cup-minus-a-tablespoon of milk, scaled up or down to your recipe, and letting it sit for a few minutes. Take that, buttermilk.

2. Microgreens with Regular Greens

greens food substitutions

Microgreens are healthy, delicious, and quirky miracles of nature, if you believe the packaging. They're also expensive as all hell. For a cheap substitute, just chop up some dollar store lettuce and smother it in dressing. You'll probably live. 

3. Parsley with Nothing

parsley food substitutions

Nobody eats parsley anyway, it's stringy and it tastes like bitter water. Who pays for food they have no intention of eating? Just make the top of your food extra pretty, nobody will care. 

4. Dinner with Wine

dinner food substitutions

You know what's really expensive? Feeding yourself a healthy, balanced dinner every night. Know what's not expensive? A $2 bottle of supermarket-brand wine. They both have calories, they're both usually consumed at night-- it's a natural substitution. Maybe even better than the original, considering only one of the two has alcohol. 

These substitutions may be cheap, easy, and effective, but they're nothing without a good recipe to pull from. For that, check out the amazing (and affordable) recipe books in the Happies store!