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Running low on supplies? How to make your own basic ingredients

We here at The Healthy Mummy are doing our best to ensure you are still able to follow your 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge as best you can despite the struggle to purchase some of the basic ingredients at the moment.

With a few staples that you have in the cupboard, you can still manage to make your favourite recipes despite the empty supermarket shelves!

Make your own basic ingredients

Turn plain flour into self-raising flour with baking soda

No self raising flour? Try using plain with some baking soda or even a pinch of bicarbonate side. Self raising flour often has a combination of these ingredients in it already.

You can add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to 2 cups of plain flour.

DIY breadcrumbs

No pre-made breadcrumbs but have some bread? Try toasting some actual bread and blending it in the mix master or roast it in the oven at 120 degrees celsius for 10 minutes.

If you are making crumbed chicken or fish you could also use ground nuts or cornflakes!

Make your own buttermilk

No buttermilk in the fridge? The closest substitute would be another dairy product with a spoonful of lemon juice or white vinegar.

Make your own passata

No tomato passata? The best substitution is tomato purée or tomato paste or even canned or fresh tomatoes blended with a little water. Tin of tomato soup will also do the trick!

Cassie shares, “I thought I’d share this little tip for anyone not able to find tomato passata or tinned tomatoes for recipes- you can use tomato paste!

Last night’s dinner called for 2 cups of passata. I mixed just under one cup of tomato paste well with water to make a tomato sauce for the recipe.

Even with buying organic (as that was all that was left) I can get around 1L of passata for around $3.20.”

Make your own Pizza dough

Healthy pizza


The best pizza is a homemade one! You can make your own with this simple two ingredient pizza dough recipe here and then add your preferred topping of choice.

Make your own Naan bread with a couple of simple additions to the pizza dough recipe.

Homemade peanut butter

The top 10 health benefits of peanut butter


What do you need?

  • 250g plain unroasted and unsalted peanuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • High powered food processor or strong blender

Simply blend your peanuts in your food processor or blender.

This is where patience comes in! Blending the peanuts can take up to 10 minutes as the nuts first turn into a dry mixture and you think you’ve done something wrong! You haven’t.

With a little persistence and scraping down the mixture every few minutes, the peanuts will start to turn into a creamy smooth texture.

Spoon your creamy peanut butter into a jar and store for up to a month!

Don’t forget in times like this substituting ingredients is often a must!

Struggling to get tins of tomatoes for pasta sauce – use fresh tomatoes, tomato paste as above or tomato soup.

Substitute macaroni and rice for risoni if you can’t get any other pasta.

No rice or pasta available? Use these delicious Quinoa recipes instead

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