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.