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Aug 12, 2011 04:25 PM

recipes for healthy things to make with box mixes?

I have made the brownies that are just brownie mix plus one can of black beans. THey were good. But then I made the muffins with yellow cake mix and a small can of pumpkin and those were a major hit! WHat other easy recipe do you have for me? Box mixes are on sale now! THanks!

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  1. brownie mix + nonfat cottage cheese
    spice cake with pureed carrots

    2 Replies
    1. re: Emme

      what amount of cottage cheese and amount of carrots for each of those?

      1. re: lilmomma

        apply the same methodology to the carrots as the pureed pumpkin/yellow cake combo.

        for brownies, 1/2 - 3/4 c cottage cheese and add an egg or two... see how it looks. you can also do part low-fat cream cheese, part cottage cheese.

    2. Sounds like an Iron Chef challenge. When you finish that one, here's a bucket of abalone elbows and a bar of soap- we need three desserts in 30 minutes.

      1. Try adding about a cup of finely grated zucchini (including peel) to a yellow cake mix. Top with homemade chocolate-cream cheese frosting - or not, they are good plain, too.

        You can also add canned pumpkin to chocolate cake mix. I've never done this (not a chocolate cake fan), but people like it. I wonder if you could soak some dried/sweetened cranberries in OJ to rehydrate them a little and toss those into the mix as well.

        Just experiment. You could try sour cream in a spice cake, too. Pump up the "spiciness" with some fresh cinnamon and nutmeg. Cake mixes are very forgiving. I don't use them often, but they work in a pinch and I almost always alter them somehow. If it doesn't work, it's not an expensive experiment.

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        1. re: Jen76

          Cranberries would certainly work, though I'd use unsweetened and simmer them in the juice- they'll absorb a lot. This is, by the way, a great way to get some moisture into cookies, an age old problem. Raisins and lemon juice make a great combo too. My mom once made something with prunes done in orange juice- it was eerily like apricot.

          1. re: Jen76

            And everywhere sour cream works, good yoghurt might work too.

            1. re: Joebob

              And vice versa, I might add- good for me, as I can't stand yoghurt.

          2. One devil's food cake mix, one can cherry pie filling, one egg.