Post # 1
Lately, I’ve been trying a few “secret” ingredients in recipes…maybe they aren’t secrets but they are different. Here are the successful favorites…
1. Using a can of pumpkin with cake mix instead of oil and eggs…best cake ever! I can’t even describe how awesome it tastes. Thank you pinterest! Also, way healthier to use pumpkin instead of fatty oil.
2. This one isn’t so much of a secret, but for our grilled pizza…DH buys the plain unbaked crust at papa murphy’s (pizza skin’s), but grills them, then we put our own toppings on them and they go back on the grill. I can’t even tell you how this has changed our pizza eating ways. Nothing compares.
Our favorite is using garlic infused olive oil, fresh mozzarella, chopped arugula, prosciutto and fire roasted red bell peppers. YUM!
3. This is something I just learned about…it’s not exactly a recipe but it’s so amazing I wanted to share it. 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of purifed water. I started drinking this 2 weeks ago. It’s an anti-baterial so my skin is clearing up (I’ve been under a ton of stress and it’s shown), it’s given me natural energy, it speeds up the metabolism in a healthy way and there’s a huge list of benefits that might take all day to type.
Okay, now you share! What is the best recipe you know of that uses ingredients you wouldn’t expect?
Post # 3
This is a good post, I wish more people would post. I also wish I had something to contribute
Post # 5
Greek yogurt! My favorite brand is Fage. I use it to replace mayo and heavy cream in recipes. Its also great to use in salad dressings and its AWESOME on eggs! Just add a little salt, paprika, garlic, lemon juice and its delish!
Post # 6
Pot roast with gravy
I make a pot roast that makes it’s own gravy. I put all of my seasonings in the pan and then add a handful or so of flour. Mix it up and then turn the roast until it is all coated. Add potatoes and veggies and a cup or so of water to the bottom of the pan (not over the roast!) Cover with foil and bake at 275 for a minimum of 4 hours. More for bigger roasts. Take out of the oven and let sit for a bit. The roast should just about fall apart when you cut into it. Stir the gravy and it’s done.
Easiest chocolate chip cookies.
1 white cake mix
1 stick of butter
Mix the first three with a mixer. It will be thick. Do not add any liquid. If you do it by hand, it will take a long time. Just be patient. Add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. They won’t look fully done. They will continue to cook after you take them out. For some reason the first batch takes longer than the rest.
Easiest peanut butter cookies
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of sugar
Mix and drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. These will also not look done. Be very careful not to overbake these!
Post # 7
I haven’t tried it yet, but Gina from Skinny Taste adds a can of black beans to brownie mix instead of eggs/oil.
Post # 8
Add butter to your marinara. Trust.
Post # 9
Not really a recipe, but I’ve recently discovered the wonders of cumin! My favorite so far is this salad dressing. It’s great on green salad, or pasta salad:
– 6 tablespoons olive oil
– 3 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin (or to taste)
– dash of cayenne pepper
Post # 10
Cream cheese. I add it to macaroni and cheese, alfredo sauces, pretty much anything creamy and cheesy. It makes everything soooo much creamier and more delicious!
Post # 11
@eimajleigh This would’ve been mine, too. Greek yogurt is a miracle!
@Mrs Sarah McK: Ughhh stay away from black bean brownies! I’m a health food lover, but I’ve tried three different bbb recipes and none were worth eating. Yuck! 🙁
@Wigglewagon: Love those cake batter cookies! But peanut butter, sugar, and eggs = cookie? Sounds bizzare!
Post # 12
Oh good! I’m so happy this thread picked up!
@eimajleigh: greek yogurt…SO GOOD. I finally started eating it a few years ago and loved it. Smoothies are better and dips are so good made with greek yogurt.
@Mrs Sarah McK: Whoa, black beans?! That’s wild.
@Aure: I’m with you on this. I made a “cheesecake” cookie today…
3 ounces of cream cheese
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
and 1 tsp of vanilla
all rolled and dipped into oreo crumbs. DH goes crazy over these!
Another cream cheese cookie, is a Paula Dean recipe of like cream cheese and chocolate cake mix, rolled then dipped into powder sugar. I always bring these to holiday parties and people love them.
Post # 13
Im known throught the entire family for making the absolute BEST MOST AMAZING homemade chicken noodle soup ever. No one has ever asked otherwise!
its already premade! I just add potatoes and carrots to mine, since the bag doesnt have many in it.