So It's Not Whole Food: Get Over It

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It's a good thing, yes, that so many food bloggers embrace the concept of 'whole foods' -- cooking with unprocessed ingredients, providing inspiration for preparing balanced and healthful meals. But what happens -- and it does -- when a long-time favorite recipe (often one remembered fondly from our childhoods) is less than whole, even less than healthful? We acknowledge it straight-out. We embrace our choice. We get over it. We get on with it.

Spork or Foon ~ Pistachio Pudding Pie
The Offending Ingredient: Instant Pudding & Cool Whip
"I write this post in fear. In fear that I will loose all credibility. In fear that I will be exhiled from the food blogging community. In fear that if, one day, I ever become a famous baker/cook/food blogger, this very post will resurface and paint me as a fraud. But I must share this with you. Because frankly, my friends, I've got to keep it real."

The Perfect Pantry ~ Chipotle Chicken Salad
The Offending Ingedient: Miracle Whip
"Today I stand before you, unapologetic and unashamed, confessing, as I do every summer, my love for Miracle Whip®, the salad dressing that cannot, by law, be called mayonnaise. What can I say in my defense?"

Kalyn's Kitchen ~ Completely Foolproof 100% Delicious Grilled Chicken
Theh Offending Ingredient: Zesty Italian salad dressing mix
"I actually pour out a tiny bit of dressing and mix the marinade right in the bottle! I use Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, mixed with a package of Zesty Italian salad dressing mix (dry mix), a bit of Spike Seasoning, and some black pepper. "

Homesick Texan ~ Tex Mex Squash Casserole
The Offending Ingredient: Cream of Mushroom Soup
"I made my first batch of squash casserole, thinking that it was going to be swell and I was going to be able to tell the world, 'You don’t need cream of mushroom soup!' But what I made wasn’t all that good. I then made two more pans and had a casserole bake off—me vs. the mushroom soup. A fine idea in practice, yes, but not necessarily execution when it’s hot and humid both inside and out."

Vegan Guinea Pig ~ Rice Krispie Treats
The Offending Ingredient: Marshmallows
"With a cookbook coming out in a little over a month, I tend to fancy myself to be a pretty decent cook. Baking for and running a successful vegan bakery, you think, would make me a pretty decent baker too. But…after all the food I have cooked, all the cookies, pies and cupcakes I have made. Nothing has brought more “ooohhh’s” “ahhhh’s” and “how did you make these?” than when I made Rice Krispies Treats for a friend’s birthday party."

And you?
And you, what's your favorite guilty ingredient? Leave a recipe or a link to a recipe in the comments!

BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg sighed a big sigh and then made her Auntie Gloria's Stuffed Peppers with a can of tomato soup.

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