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You need a substitution?

It's time to fix dinner or a treat to take to work. But there's not enough time to run to the grocery store for those ingredients you thought you had but you don't. You need a substitution. Or it's the time of the month when money is short and you need ingredients you don't have and can't afford to buy. You need a substitution. Here are some!

Stuffing
(similar to Stove Top)
Ingredients:
6 cups bread -- Cube while preheating oven to 350 degrees. Spread the cubes on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Cool.
In the meantime, gather and toss in a bowl:
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
3 Tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1/2 cup dried minced celery
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage (If someone in your family is allergic to sage, just skip it.)
1/2 teaspoon salt (I always skip the salt and no one ever complains)

Directions:
When the bread cubes are cooled, toss the cubes with the rest of the ingredients until well coated. Combine 2 cups stuffing mix with 1/2 cup water and 2 Tablespoons melted butter. Stir to combine thoroughly. Then add to recipe or warm on the stove top or in the microwave. Stir again just before serving.

Store the rest in a tightly sealed container in your freezer for your next emergency!

Cream soup substitute
Ingredients:
2 cups unreconstituted instant nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken or beef bouillon
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons pepper

Directions:
Combine dry milk, cornstarch, bouillon, onion flakes, and pepper. To make the equivalent of one can of soup, use 1/3 cup of the mix and 1 1/2 cup water and cook until thickened.

If you are using this in a crockpot recipe, no need to thicken ahead of time -- just add 1/2 hour before serving, if cooking on high.

Dry onion mix
Ingredients:
3/4 cup instant minced onion
1/3 cup beef bouillon (Check for MSG if your family has allergies)
4 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoons sugar

Mix well, store for up to six months in cool place.

No-Fat Orange Julius Look-Alike
Ingredients:
1 can frozen orange juice
1/3 cup unreconstituted instant nonfat dry milk (this gives you the frothing)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups water
2 Tablespoons sugar
15 ice cubes (If you can use a tray of smaller ice cubes, this will simplify the blending)

Directions:
In blender, place all ingredients except ice cubes and cover. Blend on high until the liquids make a vortex (or a hole in the center). Then through the opening in the cover, drop in the ice cubes one by one until they are all ground up and smooth. Serve immediately. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Chilled cafe latte
(If you want warm latte, microwave water and the lesser amount of dry milk, then add other ingredients and skip ice cubes)
Ingredients:
2 cups warm water (1 1/2 minutes on high in microwave for warm latte)
2 Tablespoons instant coffee
1 cup unreconstituted instant dry nonfat milk for iced latte, 1/2 cup for warm
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sugar, if needed, to taste
4 cups ice

Directions:
Dissolve instant coffee in warm water. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. The dry milk gives a lovely foam.

Crockpot cocoa for company or parties
Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups unreconstituted instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Marshmallows
Ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks or rolled hard wafer chocolate covered cookies or peppermint sticks

Directions:
Combine in crock pot: dry milk powder, sugar, and cocoa powder. Add water and vanilla. Stir well to dissolve and made sure there is no powder at the bottom on the pot. Cover, cook on low heat setting for three to four hours or on high heat setting for one to one and a half hours.

Before serving, carefully whisk cocoa, if desired, to make it frothy. Adding a little dry milk powder at this point makes it froth easier. Pour into mugs (a ladle makes less of a mess). If desired, top with marshmallows or other special treats. Makes nine servings. Good to take to parties at work.

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