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Grocery Store Running Low on Certain Items? Try These Ingredient Substitutions!

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We have all been there: you are about to finish up your usual trip to the grocery store before you realize that your local market is out of that final ingredient for dinner tonight. Now what? Well, before you call off your dinner plans, consider how you can make do with things the grocery store does have in stock. For some examples of common ingredient swaps, check out this list of four substitutes for common grocery items.

Dried Pasta

Pasta is the cornerstone of many budget-friendly meals. When you can’t find dried pasta, use zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. If you have flour and eggs, find a tutorial to help you make pasta from scratch. Check your store's freezer aisle for alternative pasta as well.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a hearty addition to your pantry. In the event that your supermarket runs out of this beloved spread, first try different nut butter, like almond butter or cashew butter. Allergy-friendly sun butter is another option. If you can have peanuts and honey on-hand, use your food processor to mix some up yourself.

Spaghetti Sauce

Red tomato sauce is a must for Italian night dishes. No spaghetti sauce at your usual market? Stock up on cans of diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning for a fresh, easy pasta sauce in minutes. All you have to do is blend the two together and then simmer over your stove for approximately 30 minutes. Let cool and use however you like.


Have the urge to bake, but can’t locate sugar anywhere? Don’t panic! First, if you’re searching for white sugar, see if you can find brown sugar, instead. Next, search for sugar-free alternatives like Splenda or more natural options like maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, and stevia.

The team at Oxford at Crossroads Centre Apartments in Waxahachie, Texas finds it important that our residents lead healthy, well-informed lives. By presenting new ideas in our resident blog, we make it easy to stay up-to-date with the latest information on health, wellness, finances, and more.

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