Usually, as I served the food that had good things in it, I'd ask the kids; "What's the secret ingredient?" They'd guess until someone got it or I'd tell them and they'd be fine with it. Other times I'd ask about the ingredient AFTER they consumed the meal.
Here are a few secret ingredients I've used:
♥ bananas/applesauce/blended peaches in pancakes
♥ powdered milk mixed with store bought milk and served in the original carton
♥ zucchini in "apple" pie - (I had some angry kids when they found that out)
♥ liver - passed off as "steak" (That was another meal with angry kids)
♥ white beans instead of shortening in cookies
♥ onions that were blended so no one could actually see them in the food
♥ Different spices and flavors
The other day I made Mahogany Velvet cupcakes. The recipe is from Weight Watchers and they have a secret ingredient that I have never used before! This ingredient is red, grows underground, and it can be pickled.
Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?
If you guessed beets, you are 100% correct!
My family AND the neighbors were split on the flavor. Because I knew there were beets in the recipe, that's all I could taste. I'd give it 1 1/2 stars out of 5. I'm not going to give you the recipe unless you REALLY want it!
What ingredients, besides love, have you secretly put in recipes?