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Quick & Healthy Recipe Substitutions

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Use Fat-Free Ricotta Cheese, Not Cream Cheese

When your recipe calls for: cream cheese

Use this ingredient instead: fat-free ricotta cheese or yogurt cheese*

Best used for: spreading

Why Substitute? Fat-free ricotta cheese has less sodium than cream cheese. Yogurt cheese has the tang and texture of a soft cream cheese, but it’s a healthier option. A tablespoon of cream cheese has 50 calories and 5 grams of fat. A tablespoon of yogurt cheese (made from nonfat yogurt) has 11 calories and no fat. And it can be easily made at home.

*To make yogurt cheese:

  1. Line a coffee filter or strainer with cheesecloth.
  2. Spoon in plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt.
  3. Place over a bowl and refrigerate for several hours.
  4. The whey will drain off and yogurt will thicken—the longer you leave it in, the thicker it will become.

Recipes:
Double Cranberry Crostini
Chocolate-Filled Lemon Meringues

 
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