Alternatives for discontinued ingredients

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)

Cadbury Lite

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 29g 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.

If you’re unable to locate the Gravox Cheese Sauce, use the Gravox White Sauce 29g sachet and add 1 tablespoon (15g) of Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese – this will keep the fat count the same.

Choc Chip Biscuits (Vive Lites)

Replace with Paradise Cottage Chocolate Chip Cookies OR  any brand of choc chip cookies with 20% choc chips.

Coconut Essence

I now sell it HERE on my website.

Creamy Garden Vegetable Cup A Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Chicken Cup A Soup,  or Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup A Soup (no croutons or noodles).

Creole Seasoning

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 (no croutons or noodles).

Garden Harvest Creamy Mushroom Cup-A-Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup A Soup (no croutons or noodles).

Japanese Dressing

Replace with same quantity of No Oil French or Greek Dressing.

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).

Mars Lite

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.

Parisian Essence

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.

Plum Sauce

The SPC Plum Sauce is no longer available. 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.

Portuguese Marinade

Use the Nando’s Peri-Peri Marinade – Medium.

NOTE: Marinade has the black label


Savoury Lentils (Vegie Delights)

This ingredient is only in one recipe – my Vegetarian Pie from book 5. Replace the Savoury Lentils with 1 x 411g can Amy’s Lentil Vegetable Soup and reduce from 1 cup of water down to 3/4 cup water.

Skinny Cow single serve ice cream

Replace with Streets Chocolate Paddle Pop

Sorj Wraps

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.

Symply Too Good Cookbooks full set 1-7

Find out what’s changed in my updated cookbooks 1-7 HERE

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