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6 Signature Green Chef Substitutions

We get asked a lot about creative alternatives to common everyday household ingredients or snacks. What would Green Chef do, you might be wondering? So we went straight to the source. From our very own Executive Chef Dana, here are 6 signature Green Chef substitutions that you can easily do at home.


1. Bring kale chips instead of potato chips to your next picnic.
Salt and vinegar chips are my favorite! For a clever alternative, I use powdered vinegar (sold at speciality spice shops) on my kale chips.



2. Lentils work great as a substitute for ground beef.
Use them in your chili, sloppy joe, or favorite pasta sauce. You can even mash them to make “meatballs.”


3. Mashed bananas make a quick vegan alternative to ice cream.
My 4-year-old daughter learned at school how to make “banana swirl.” Cut up a banana, freeze it until solid, then blend in a food processor until smooth. She loves it and requests it all the time. She thinks it’s a treat and I let her think it! We’ve added in sprinkles, cocoa powder, and coconut at times to make it extra special. Mashed bananas are also great for baking.



4. The chia “egg.”
Since my daughter is allergic to eggs, chia seeds are a favorite egg substitute in my house. We use them in banana bread and pancakes. 1 dry tablespoon of chia seeds soaked with 3 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes creates a great chia “egg.”



5. Sweet potato fries and carrot fries are a great substitute for white potato fries.
Recently at Green Chef, we paired sweet potato fries with Southwest sirloin steak.



6. Substitute mashed avocado for mayo on a sandwich.
It provides mono-unsaturated fats and a good dose of green! For sauces, Greek yogurt is another favorite substitute for mayo at Green Chef.


What are some of your favorite signature substitutions? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Reply
    Angela Bazigos
    May 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I use cucumber slices (very thinly sliced) instead of chips

    • Reply
      May 30, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thinly sliced zucchini works as well.

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    Tricia Shelden
    June 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Please no potato chips…kale chips are good, mashed avocado instead of mayo, cucumber slices are always good, sweet potato fries instead of white please.

  • Reply
    June 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Thin slices baked parsnips taste great

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