Let’s face it: We all have the tendency to feast in the fall. Holidays or no holidays, I’m sure it’s an evolutionary survival tactic related to the colder weather, but how & what we eat is far more fun to talk about than why. 😉
First, a list of autumn comfort food classics (with links!):
While, it’s always tempting (for me at least) to try out an exciting recipe. I also realize that the holidays are full of leftovers from established & new ones.
Next, is a list of holiday leftover inspired recipes (with links!):
Chocolate Bar Blondies (I’ve made them a few times & they’re awesome)
Gobbler Sandwich (These are all up to taste & all taste amazing)
Fried Potato & Stuffing Cakes (Made these as a snack & now they’re an after Thanksgiving brunch staple)
When it comes to the feasting, sometimes we can get carried away with the “whatever, it’s the holidays!” It’s also important to consider people with dietary restrictions of any kind.
Last, is a list of common ingredient alternatives:
- Bleached AP Flour: unbleached white flour, oat flour, almond flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, tapioca flour, amaranth flour
- Refined White Sugar: honey, manufactured sweetener, coconut nectar, maple syrup, molasses, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, agave nectar, natural cane sugar, brown sugar, sorghum sugar, fruit concentrate, yacon syrup, sugar alcohols
- Salted Sweet Cream Butter: unsalted butter, coconut oil/butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, mashed avocado, hummus, EVOO, applesauce, yogurt, broth, nut butters, pumpkin puree, nutritional yeast
- Egg: applesauce, mashed banana, flax seeds, chia seeds, silken tofu, commercial egg substitute, vinegar & baking soda, yogurt, buttermilk, arrowroot powder, aquafaba, nut butters, carbonated water, agar again, gelatin, soy lecithin
- Dairy Milk: soy milk, nut milk, rice milk, coconut milk, flax milk, hemp milk
- Liquid Milk: powdered milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, sour cream, yogurt
- Cheese: nutritional yeast, nut cheeses, commercial vegetarian/vegan cheese substitutes
- Potato: cauliflower, squash, whole grains, other vegetables
- “Fried“: air fried, baked, stir fried, steamed, grilled, roasted, braised, stewed
Allrecipes’ Common Ingredient Conversion Chart
Because every recipe needs different things out of each ingredient, you’ll have to do your own research for quantities, or which would work/taste best. Winter can be a trying time when it comes to your waistband. While healthy cooking alternatives will help, keeping active during the colder months will keep you healthier & happier all season.