Simple Truth

No Fooling!

Ever had an “April’s Fool” joke played on you?   Most of us have.   Now is the time to turn the tables.  You can surprise family and friends with recipes that contain creative ingredients.   They may never know the moist chocolate cake they are enjoying actually has green tomatoes in it… unless, of course you tell them.   Personally, I like to have fun with people guessing the “secret ingredient”   after they have eaten some of it.

Some of the ideas I found are a great way to disguise vegetables for children or finicky adults.  Most are healthier options that still satisfy the sweet tooth cravings.  

Since you are visiting this Simple Truth website, I know you can access the internet.   Simply run a search for the recipes you find interesting, then remember to use the available Simple Truth ingredients whenever possible.   Be open -minded.   Keeping the ingredients a secret is your choice.

  • Power Pack  smoothies ---  featured below
  • Spice cake --- deliciously simple with a cake mix and can of pumpkin.
  • Mashed cauliflower with cream cheese  --- who needs potatoes?
  • Mock Apple Pie --- a Depression Era Classic using crackers.
  • Spaghetti  squash as noodles --- a fall favorite
  • Black Bean brownies --- vegan approved
  • Creamy Chocolate Tofu Pudding ---
  • Chocolate Green tomato cake ---makes great use of a vegetable without people knowing
  • Easiest ever sweet/sour meatballs or cocktail wieners  --- uses chili sauce and grape jelly
  • Cheesy Mac and Cheese --- with carrot shreds they will think are cheese
  • Eggplant lasagna --- healthy and hardy
  • Black bean fudgesicles --- the ultimate in creative deceptions!

These are just a few of the many recipes to give a twist to the normal way of using ingredients.  Have a great time ‘fooling’ your family and friends on April 1 and beyond.    I can keep the secret about the ingredients --- will you?

Power Pack Smoothie:    Serves 2 

         ½ cup Simple Truth frozen mango

         ½ cup pineapple

         1 medium banana

         2 c Simple Truth Power greens

         1 c Almond milk

Combine in a blender until smooth.   Serve immediately.   Refrigerate any leftovers.

What recipe do you make that fools people?

About Karen Ilhardt:

Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety.  She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management.  Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University.  After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011.  Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life.  Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS  being able to share those experiences with others.  The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle.



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I bought the simple truth organic chocolate cake and it was very dry and crumbly. Is there a way to make it more moist and less crumbly. I live at 6800 ft. If that matters.

September 26, 2016, 7:47 AM