13 Recipes With Hidden Fruits and Veggies | Reader's Digest

13 Recipes With Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Sneak veggies into your food for flavor and more nutritious recipes.

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    Hidden Veggie: Tomato juice

    Think of this as a red velvet cake crossed with a rich devil’s food cake. The secret to the cake’s moist crumb is nothing other than tomato juice. The acidity of the tomato balances the deep flavor of the chocolate.

    Get the Red Velvet Devil's Cake recipe.

    Hidden Fruit: Avocado

    Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets. This one uses avocado, which, aside from the great nutritional benefits, lends a rich and creamy mouth feel.

    Get the Mango Surprise Smoothie recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Zucchini

    The best thing about lasagna is the layers of flavor from the cheese, sauce, and noodles. Here’s a fun twist that replaces the layer of noodles with a layer of broiled zucchini or eggplant slices. Perfect for a vegetarian main course or those looking to reduce carbohydrates.

    Get the Pasta-Less Lasagna recipe.

    Lemon bars make a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up with tea. With zucchini stirred right into the lemon mixture, the snack becomes truly extraordinary.

    Get the Lemon Bar Surprise recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Carrot Juice

    The moment you take a bite of this rich-tasting, aromatic risotto, you’ll forget how healthy it is. The secret to its ultra creamy texture is constant stirring and the rich carrot juice, which also gives it a gorgeous golden color.

    Get the Sunny Risotto recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Butternut Squash

    Many tender breads get their pleasing texture from pureed vegetables. Here, butternut squash lends a soft texture and beautiful sunny color to the bread. Try it with hearty beef or pork stews.

    Get the Golden Autumn Braid recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Beets

    Beets are so sweet that they are often processed into granulated sugar. It may sound odd, but pureed cooked beets perfectly complement the bittersweet taste of chocolate and give chocolate cakes an attractive red hue.

    Get the Red Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Eggplant

    To make richer-tasting mashed potatoes, add mashed roasted eggplant. Pierce the skin of an eggplant all over with a fork (so it won't explode). Roast it on a baking sheet at 425°F until the skin wrinkles all over and the flesh becomes tender, about 45 minutes. Or to char, cook the whole eggplant on a grill over direct heat until blackened all over and the flesh is soft. Cool the eggplant, then halve lengthwise and scoop the flesh from skin. Puree or mash the flesh with 1 minced garlic clove and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Meanwhile, boil 3 pounds russet or golden potatoes in plenty of lightly salted water until tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain, peel, and chop. Mash in the pot with a potato masher and mix in the pureed eggplant, 1/3 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

    Hidden Veggie: Peas

    To make low-fat guacamole
    To make low-fat guacamole, puree peas and use them to replace some or all of the avocados in your favorite guacamole recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Tomato Paste

    To make moist and luscious chocolate cake
    To make moist and luscious chocolate cake, thin some tomato paste to the consistency of tomato puree and add to your regular cake batter. The sugar in the tomatoes will enhance the sweet flavor of the cake, while the acidity in the tomatoes will help to tenderize its texture.

    Hidden Veggie: Watercress

    Sometimes simplicity reigns supreme as is the case with this light, refreshing soup. Evaporated milk adds velvety texture without piling on the calories. Watercress and parsley add vitamins and minerals.

    Get the Watercress and Parsley Soup recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Arugula

    Gnocchi, little dumplings made with potatoes, are the perfect canvas for the light and aromatic flavors of pesto. Here, some of the traditional basil is replaced by peppery arugula, which perfectly complements the seared shrimp.

    Get the Gnocchi With Seared Shrimp and Pesto recipe.

    Hidden Veggie: Carrot

    Everybody wonders how these rolls get their subtly sweet flavor and gorgeous golden color. Look no further than the humble carrot.

    Get the Golden Rolls recipe.

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