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Mashed Cauli-Potatoes

Pureed cauliflower is a fine substitute for mashed potatoes, but if you’re craving the true taste, add just a couple of spuds, à la Oprah. “The cauliflower takes on the flavor of the potato,” she notes in her cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness. “People have eaten it at my house, never even realizing the cauliflower was there.”

Get the recipe: Mashed Cauli-Potatoes

Stealth health:
Cauliflower’s mild flavor lets its fellow ingredients shine, and it has a nutritional edge over the potato: a subtler effect on your blood sugar levels, which staves off a carb coma.

Cranberry-Pecan Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Dressing
Bright greens and a simple dressing make this salad from Kenny Gilbert, owner of Florida hot spot Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and occasional chef for Oprah, a welcome break from richer offerings. Fresh cranberries and other high-texture toppings rise to this special occasion.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Pecan Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

Stealth health:
Dried cranberries are a go-to topping for fall salads, but most have added sugar. So opt for unsweetened varieties or—even better— the fabulously tart fresh ones.