Veggies!It may be difficult to get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies in your daily diet, especially if you are cooking for your significant other or your kids. Sometimes, it’s easier to just hide that extra nutrition in plain sight, and they are none the wiser until after they take that first bite and comment on how delicious it is. Here are three recipes that pack an extra nutritious punch while still being simple and delicious!

Cheesy “Breadsticks”

Secret Ingredient: Cauliflower!

Ingredients:

1 large head of organic cauliflower

2 cloves garlic, grated or minced

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

salt

pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft.

Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it’s a mashed potato texture.

In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, eggs,cheese, and seasonings.

Lightly spray a baking pan with spray oil and coat with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick).

Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

Add additional cheese to the top and enjoy!

“Secret Ingredient” Blondie Brownies

Secret Ingredient: Beans!

Ingredients:

    8 Tablespoons butter

    1 cup packed brown sugar

    1 cup Navy Bean puree (Blend 1 can navy beans with 2 tablespoons of water in a food processor or blender until no full beans are visible.)

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    3 large eggs

    3/4 cup oat bran

    1 cup flour blend (Combine 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup wheat germ.)

    1/2 cup chocolate chips

    1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

    Preheat over to 325 degrees.

    Spray the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan, lightly dust with flour.

    Combine butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

    Remove from heat and allow to cool.

    In a mixer blend cooled sugar-butter mixture, navy bean puree, vanilla, eggs.

    Once well mixed add oat bran and flour blend until just combined then mix in chocolate and butterscotch chips.

    Pour mixture into your baking pans and place on the middle rack of pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.

    Remove from heat and allow to cool, before cutting into squares.

Recipe found at: http://www.soberjulie.com/2012/11/not-so-blondie-brownie-recipe-with-hidden-veggies/

Delicious Hidden Veggie Mashed Potatoes

Secret Ingredient: Eggplant!

Ingredients & Directions:

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.

 Recipe From: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-recipes-with-hidden-fruits-and-veggies#slideshow=slide7