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Jan 12, 2011 12:37 PM

Got Any "Surprisingly Healthy" Recipes?

I brought this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, to a party last night:

People gobbled it up like crazy! They wouldn't even believe me when I said it had tofu! Does anyone else have a recipe that no one would believe is healthy?

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  1. I also love how you can put tofu into recipes calling for cream.

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    1. re: CSaunders

      Please, I'd love to hear anyone else's "Secretly Healthy" recipes. Anything that would be good for a party?

      1. re: CSaunders

        The currently ubiquitous kale chips come to mind. I keep making more!

        1. re: Vetter

          Kae chips?! I must be living under a rock, because I had never heard of such a thing until you mentioned it. So I googled and found a ton of recipes! Do you have a good one, by any chance?

          1. re: CSaunders

            Or does anyone else have a "tried and true" recipe for them? I don't just want to pick any recipe off of google, because who knows if it's a good one, ya know?

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I love kale chips, but I could never serve them at a party. After eating them I have little bits of green all in my teeth!

                1. re: dmjordan

                  hey, i didn't suggest serving them at a party! the OP asked for a recipe, i was simply obliging the request :)

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Is any of the nutritional value of the kale lost with kale chips?

                  1. re: CindyJ

                    any time you cook a vegetable there's a *slight* reduction in nutrient content...but it's no more significant if you bake the kale than it is if you steam or saute it.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      And amazingly it really does it for chips craving for me, which is a blessing!


        This recipe for chocolate pudding made with tofu is really good. You would never guess that it had tofu in it and it has a really silky texture.

        Along the same lines, I enjoy Alton Brown's Caesar dressing made with tofu. Again, you would never guess tofu was involved!

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        1. re: arp29

          I'm going to google his dressing right now. It sounds delicious! I love sneaking tofu into recipes!

          1. re: CSaunders

            I have a fabulously addictive savoury tofu dip/sauce that everyone loves (as you don't tell them about the tofu). When I make it, I go through it so quickly because I end up pouring it over everything!

            1. re: toveggiegirl

              Do you have a recipe? Sounds really good!

              1. re: CSaunders

                Here you go! If you try it, let me know what you think.

                1. re: toveggiegirl

                  Thanks so much! I will definitely keep you updated :).

        2. Two in fact "Creamy" Wild Mushroom Soup (that doesn't enlist any cream at all). And Butternut Bread with Ginger Apple Butter (no butter, no oil). Both are very delicious - would be happy to pass along the links to the recipes if these sound good to you

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          1. re: Feastonthcheap

            Oh please do! I LOVE butternut squash and eat so much I sometimes turn orange! I'd love to know both recipes. They sound so elegant.

            1. re: Feastonthcheap

              i would love to check out your mushroom soup link!!

            2. "healthy" means different things to different people. are you looking for recipes that are low fat? low cal? vegetarian? all of the above?

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Hmmm, I guess mostly unprocessed, whole-food type recipes. I like healthy fats, like olive oil and nuts, in moderation. Vegetarian is always good. I love showing off vegetables and jazzing them up, since a lot of peoples' idea of vegetables is plain steamed and boring!

                1. re: CSaunders

                  got it. try my spicy black bean dip - it's a CH fave and super-healthy right down to the baked chips i serve it with. and my white bean dip is another healthy crowd-pleaser.

                  dips here:

                  chips here:

                  my brown rice pudding with cocoa & figs:
                  - if you don't have access to Ficoco or something similar, you can make a substitute by blending figs with cocoa powder & a bit of sugar

                  Moroccan Roasted Carrot Dip:
                  - i toast the spices, substitute smoked paprika, add a little harissa and apple cider vinegar, and serve with za'atar spiced chips

                  4Snisl beat me to Joe H's cod dish.

                  if you do a search here on the Home Cooking board you'll find TONS of terrific surprisingly healthy recipes & links.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I'm going to make that carrot dip! Thanks!

                    1. re: CSaunders

                      Made it! And it was delicious. Going on the list of favorites!

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Where does one find Ficoco, ghg? I think you're in Southern Cal as well - local spots?

                      1. re: thursday

                        i hate to say it, but i first discovered it at Whole Paycheck. it just kills me to send any business their way now. grrr.

                        you can buy it online:


                        and i *may* have seen it at Sprouts in Culver City recently, on top of the refrigerated cheese case...but it could have been the plain fig spread or fig & orange spread - also made by Dalmatia. i definitely saw those two varieties at the market at Wally's Wine in Westwood...i wonder if they could order it...?

                        i haven't bought it in ages because i discovered it was so much cheaper to make it myself, and that also allows me to control the sugar level.

                2. Highlighted by Joe H., and both wonderful.....

                  Shrimp Marsala:

                  Cod in Fennel Tomato Broth: