Tips for Modifying Recipes and Creating Your Own

Leveraging over 20 years of research and clinical experience to help patients with brain injury-derived neurological conditions, Dr. Jonathan Fellus is the chief medical officer at Advanced NeuroCare, LLC, in Morristown, New Jersey. In his spare time, Dr. Jonathan Fellus likes to cook and prepare recipes.

Working with recipes is very common in the kitchen, but some people may go a step further and create their own recipes from scratch or modify existing ones. One tip to make a new recipe through modification is to experiment with new ingredients. In a dish with chicken, for example, you can try to swap pork for it or a vegan source of protein, such as beans and soy. Changing seasoning and vegetables is also possible.

It is harder to change ingredients when it comes to baking, but it can be done with research. For instance, to include more whole grains in a baked good, substitute a percentage of white flour with whole wheat flour. Experimenting with the ratio is key to this process, since whole wheat flour absorbs more liquid and has a unique taste.

Another tip to modify an existing recipe is to change the cooking method when possible. For example, if a dish is fried, it will probably taste good when grilled. Other cooking techniques one can consider when changing a recipe are baking, simmering, slow-cooking, and poaching.

Dr. Jonathan Fellus — New Jersey Neurologist