All Bran bars
Replace with Be Natural granola & seed bars OR Uncle Toby’s Chewy Muesli bars (50% wholegrains). If you are having trouble finding these, you can look for ones that are similar to an all bran bar which had around 6g of fat and 5g of fibre and about 640 kilojoules (152 calories).
Butternut Cookies (Vive Lites)
Replace with 12 shredded wheatmeal biscuits.
Bega Super Slim Cheese Slices
Replace with Bega Tasty 50% reduced fat cheese slices or Cowbelle Light Cheese Slices (available from Aldi)
Replace with either 2 regular 12g freddo frogs OR 25g of normal milk chocolate.
Carnation Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk
This product has changed from 375ml to 340ml can. Add 35ml of skim milk to obtain 375ml of liquid in recipes that require a full can.
Cheese and Leek Soup & 4 Cheese Sauce
Replace with Gravox Cheese Sauce Sachet. The method of combining the sauce into the recipe is slightly different with these substitutes compared to the cheese and leek soup mix as you now need to boil the milk before combining with the sauce sachet and then whisk together.
Choc Chip Biscuits (Vive Lites)
Replace with Paradise Cottage Chocolate Chip Cookies OR any brand of choc chip cookies with 20% choc chips.
Coles and Woolies have unfortunately deleted it from their baking range but it is still widely available at IGAs. You can also purchase it through the Queen website: https://queen.com.au/product/natural-coconut-essence-50ml/
Replace with Cajun seasoning or Moroccan Seasoning, both work well but I favour the Cajun as it’s a little hotter.
Darrell Lea Peppermint Nougat Bar
Replace with Nestle Mint Pattie 20g
For Devilled Eggs recipe – Replace Dijonnaise with 1 tablespoon 99% fat free mayonnaise (Praise®), 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard and ½ teaspoon salt-reduced chicken stock powder.
Four’n’twenty Lite Meat Pies
Replace with a frozen meal or a recipe from my cookbooks of similar calorie and fat count, 336 calories (1400kj) and 13g of fat.
For a full list of recipes that use Fruche and the suitable swap CLICK HERE
Fruit salad in natural juice
For Baked Fruit Salad Cheesecake – Replace 440g can of fruit salad with 440g can crushed pineapple in juice.
Garden Harvest Creamy Chicken Cup-A-Soup
Replace with Continental Cream of Chicken cup-a-soup, 97% fat free.
Garden Harvest Creamy Mushroom Cup-A-Soup
Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom cup-a-soup, 97% fat free
Jungle Curry Paste or Nyonya Curry Paste
For Jungle Curry Recipe: Replace with Valcom Thai Style Massaman Curry Paste.
Light ‘n’ Tasty Berry cereal
For Berry Nice Slice recipe in book 5 – replace with Uncle Tobys Cereal Plus Antioxidants with Cranberries & Blueberries (look for the dark pink label).
For Light Mars Bar Slice recipe: Replace with 2 x 47g Mars® bars and add 1/2 tbls extra Flora Light marg (1.7g of fat per slice).
Mexican Chilli Beans
The Old El Paso Mexican Chilli Beans are now called Mexe Beans.
Mushroom And Chive Cup-A Soup
Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup-a-soup, 97% fat free.
The product is no longer available for retail purchase. The purpose of this ingredient is to make the dish browner and won’t affect the taste of the recipe by leaving it out.
The SPC Plum Sauce is not available in Woolworths stores however Coles and IGA are still stocking it. If you are unable to find the SPC brand you can use the Fountain Plum Sauce instead. This is used in the Chicken in Plum Sauce – book 3, Sticky Pork Chops – book 4 and Spicy Plum Chicken Kebabs – book 6.
Use the Nando’s Peri-Peri Marinade – Medium.
NOTE: Marinade has the black label
Skinny Cow single serve ice cream
Replace with Streets Chocolate Paddle Pop
Replace these with 4 sheets Mixed Grain Wraps (Helga’s). These are for the Crunchy Dippers in book 7.
Spicy Bean Salsa
Replace with a 420g can of Mexe-Beans or Mexican Chilli Beans. Then using a stick blender, blend until smooth.
Thai Chilli Jam or Stir Fry Paste
The Ayam Thai Chilli Jam Paste is a suitable substitute. However if you can’t find this, you can replace with 1 tablespoon of Pad Thai Paste & 1 teaspoon Red Curry Paste.
Weight Watchers Duo Bars
See All Bran bars above.
Find out what’s changed in my updated cookbooks HERE