I bought Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld well over a year ago. The BFF and I saw it on Oprah and ran out to buy it that night (after The Husband was home and willing and able to do babysitting duty). The BFF and I love cookbooks and love spending our time looking at cookbooks together. And this one would be helpful with Tornado E’s eating issues. But we were skeptical.
I tried the pita pizzas first, and to up the anti, I tried them with broccoli puree. If you could hide the strong tasting broccoli puree, you could hide everything. And it worked! We weren’t big on her Mac and Cheese, but I have since learned you need to bake it with a cheese sauce, so I need to try it again. The boys and I love the Frozen Yogurt Pops and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Tornado E just adores the Applesauce Muffins, but I had to add more spices to give it a more flavorful taste The Husband and I love. Everyone loves the Aloha Chicken Kebabs, but I don’t fry them; I bake them. I combined her Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe with one I got from Weight Watchers with delicious results. The only Epic Fail so far is the Mozzarella Sticks, but I want to try them again to see if I missed something. And I can never bring myself to destroy Mash Potatoes that way. Never.
The best part of this book is that it caused me to think about food differently. But with the duh factor of my mom and grandma, who told me that they always hid vegetables in whatever they could. It wasn’t a new concept. But I did make leaps they never did.
I started adding carrot or cauliflower puree to enchiladas and enchilada casserole (the only casserole that Faemom endorses). When I make muffins or coffee cake or cinnamon rolls, I drop in apple or pear puree, which made them so much more moist than before. I’m always looking for another food to drop in more vegetables. My baby brother has become so suspicious that he asks me what I hid in dinner. (Don’t worry; he’s as bad as Tornado E when it comes to vegetables so I don’t say a thing.)
I did find better tips on how to handle purees than Seinfeld. She wrote about how she would puree every Sunday for the week. Who has time for that? When a vegetable or fruit is on sale, I just buy a bunch, puree it, and stick it in the freezer in ½ cup sizes in zip lock bags. Much like I did when I was making baby food. And that’s another thing, sometimes it was cheaper to buy baby food and use that. A regular serving size of baby food is just about ½ cup.
If you’re thinking “Good Lord, how is Tornado E ever going to eat vegetables if she hides them all,” let me answer. I still serve him fruits and vegetables with his meal in hopes to get him to try it. I also like the purees for myself because they make the meal more fulfilling. Not only do I know I’m getting in more fruits and vegetables, but the servings fill me up faster because of all the ingredients.
I say give this book or technique a try. I’ll keep working on other foods to use purees in because Tornado E has to get more vegetables in some how.
January 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I think this is a great idea. If my kids were younger I’d probably try it. Now they’re suspicious of everything that tastes new. They have gotten better as they’ve aged; eating at other people’s houses does that. My big thing was always having raw veggies at dinner. They always liked them a lot better than cooked for some reason.
You definitely get good mom points for the extra work here!
January 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm
what a fabulous thing.. I could try it.. and I should try it.. is that good 🙂
January 18, 2010 at 8:20 am
I LOVE doing this, sometimes I don’t feel like eating a side veggie or a raw veggie. I figure you add it in & offer it on the side, that way you know everyone is getting what they need & trying different things. I might have to get this book to try some of her recipes though 🙂
January 18, 2010 at 9:09 am
Fortuanately, my kids alway ate everything (veg. and all except one doesn’t like sweet potatoes and mushrooms). I used to puree the mushrooms for the spaghetti sauce and he was none the wiser.
January 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
New recipes are always fun. I like to add grated zuchinni to ground turkey meatballs and even add it to zuchinni. the finer the grate the less noticeable it is.
I like to add applesauce or pear sauce to things too. Makes me feel good about feeding them cupcakes or muffins.
Great post Fae!
January 18, 2010 at 11:45 am
HEY FAE! I know it has been a min since we last talked but… I need you! Can you please call me as soon as you can. If you don’t have my number get it from Wally. When I think of babies and great moms I think of you…I have some news and lots and lots of baby questions *hint hint*
January 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Maureen~ I’ve also noticed they’ll eat raw vegetables over cooked. Weird, since raw seems to taste stronger.
Shelby~ Try one recipe. Or make a fruit bread like banana or pumpkin. Kids love those breads, and it’s the same idea.
beth~ She has some good recipes, and it’s nice to have the concept going in your head as you fix the menu or dinner.
suzicate~ HOW did you get your kids to eat everything? I must know this secret!
zeemaid~ I find that turkey meatballs NEED a puree or they’re just too dry. I should try grated zuchinni because I have issues with squash.
Kat~ I’ll call your sis. I have two numbers for you.
January 19, 2010 at 11:28 am
Pureeing lies beyond the scope of my dinner preparation talents. And doing it for the whole week? Yikes. Go you, and go Jessica Seinfeld!
January 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Oh, I never do it all week long. I don’t have that many recipes. Just the ones I can slide it in. I’m not so housewifish as that.
January 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Ok – I’m getting this book. My oldest is driving me nuts… picky as hell and vocal about it. sigh.
And sorry I’ve been absent so long. Apparently work angst trumped blog job, but I’m back now. yay!
January 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm
You and me both, my dear. The kids are with their grandparents, so maybe instead of spending time with my husband, I’ll just catch up on your blog.