Last Minute Thanksgiving Substitutes

All ready to cook for Thanksgiving but realize you’re missing a few ingredients? Or your recipe needs a little extra help? There are several dilemmas I and clients of mine have come across, around Thanksgiving:

What to do if there’s no buttermilk in the house? Pour 1 cup of nonfat or 1% milk into a measuring glass. Remove 1 tbsp. and add in 1 tbsp. of plain white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir, wait 15 minutes and use in place of buttermilk.

Need to thicken gravy but have no cornstarch or trying to avoid the gluten in flour? Try arrowroot or potato starch instead! They’re all natural thickeners that work very much the same way. Still stumped? Puree a potato (well cooked) in with the gravy until desired consistency is reached.

Sick of traditional, canned, jellied cranberry sauce? Try a pineapple-cranberry relish or salsa instead. It’ll be a sparkling, refreshing change of pace that’s still reminiscent of cranberry without the gloppy stuff.