10 Substitutes that Will Cut the Calories



Cook with mushrooms instead of meat.
Cook with mushrooms instead of meat.

In dishes where meat provides flavoring, use mushrooms instead. Chopped mushrooms can take the place of ground beef or Italian sausage in spaghetti sauce. Use thick-sliced mushrooms in place of bacon and pancetta in pasta carbonara. The calorie savings of substituting 1 cup (99 grams) of mushrooms for 4 ounces (113 grams) of meat: 250 for ground beef, 314 for ground pork.

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