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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2007, 00:45:49 am »
I agree with the poster who said we should try to teach our kids to eat fruits and veggies, but I get the idea that this is an overall better way to eat in general.  I think Jessica said that she still serves the whole veggie with the meal just so the kids know that there is nothing wrong with eating vegetables.  That's what I do now, even though dd (nor dh  ::)) eat them.
I can't wait to try these.  I'm going to print off the one's on Oprah and test them before buying the whole book. 
I never steam anything.  Any tips?
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2007, 01:06:56 am »
How did I miss the post about offering the veggies as "normal"?  Oh - I guess when they merged - I havent'' read through the whole thing.  Anyway, that's funny because I was thinking the same thing.  We all know that college kids aren't going to take the time to puree up their veggies - they're going to eat what's familiar and what they like. 

But my thought of it being a problem was quickly dismissed because I have no intention of not serving veggies the usual way and offering new food choices.  I think this is a great way to increase the servings of veggies (esp. during the toddler years when pickiness is at its peak). 

Heather - I usually steam things in a pot on the stove - put the washed veggies in (cut them into uniform pieces) and add a little bit of water, just to coat the bottom of the pan (maybe a half inch?).  The idea is to add enough water so that it doesn't evaporate while cooking.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat a bit (I usually go to about medium), cover and steam until tender.  Keep an eye on it and make sure that the water doesn't evaporate.  another way to do it is if you have a steamer basket (you lose less nutrients to the water this way).  Set up the same way as above, but instead of putting the veggies directly into the pot, place in the basket.  Put the basket in the pot so they don't touch the water, cover and steam.

So we had the blueberry bars and they were AWESOME!  Totally couldn't taste the spinach at all - dh couldn't even tell and he loved them (before AND after I told him what was in them!).

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2007, 01:28:39 am »
Oooh, I cant wait to try the blueberry bars this weekend!!!

I am going to try the meatloaf tonite--I am intending to put some spinach puree in it. I have tried putting frozen spinach in before but ds can spot anything green and pick it out! So I am hoping that this will hide it. I will say that ds helped me steam and puree the broccoli the other night when we made the chix nuggets...he actually then ate some of my spinach salad--claimed his salad taste bud came in that night ::)

I found it so interesting when Dr. Oz was talking about how many taste buds children have vs. adults and why kids tend to refuse veggies and their tastes...makes complete sense!

I will let you all know how it turns out!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2007, 01:29:51 am »
Boy, there is a big brouhaha about J. Seinfield "stealing" these recipes from another author.  Any know much about the other book?
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2007, 01:34:42 am »
The other book is the Sneaky Chef.  I don't think the recipes are the same--just the puree concept.  When reading reviews on Amazon I noticed comparisons between the two, but that's all I know. 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2007, 02:40:01 am »
I have a veggie steamer and it works great.  I also just bought some Ziploc veggie steam bags that just came out.  I haven't tried them yet.

Tonight Carson ate SPINACH!  I made pizza on a pita bread.  Steamed and pureed spinach, topped that with pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, and low fat mozz cheese.  He loved it!  The trick is to be sure that the pizza sauce covers the spinach so that they can't see it.  At one point he caught a glimpse of it and said, I don't want THAT pizza.  But I got him!

By the way, my son refuses all veggies despite my best effort.  This is a way to actually get some into him along with me offering them. 

Lets not turn this into a veggie debate but, a way to help each other with our picky eaters.  We all agree that we will continue to offer them.  :P
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2007, 02:46:04 am »
I think I must be the only bitter and resentful cow on here that is envious that I didn't marry Jerry Seinfeld so I could get all my "hide the good stuff" recipes published into a s!@!@*y art deco book and go on Oprah!?

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2007, 04:42:29 am »
hi all - did not realize there were 2 threads. i understand about moving it, but the reason i did not put it in the toddler section to begin with was i wanted moms like me to find info on feeding veggies to our older kids who have truly cut out fruit and veg (many preschoolers and beyond go through a long period of eating a lot of carbs, or only white foods etc).  ni think those with older kids may never come to the toddlers section - could we at least put it in the recipes board for all to find???  just a thought.


anyway - 99% of my kids dinners include a vegetable serving on their plate but most (almost all  :-[) of those times it is untouched and i do not want food to be a battle and before i resort to vitamins i woudl at least try to get it in them in their natural state.  alex stopped eating veg alltogether when she was about 2 1/2 and liv even earlier (with some rare exceptions - alex will eat an occassional carrot and Liv loves cucumber and a rare tomato or still frozen corn- that's it!!)

Liv loves fruit at least but at 3 1/2 alex also dropped most fruits. - she will have an odd grape or banana but unless i sneak fruit into baked goods it is not enough. she will eat dried fruits but i have read you shoudl limit them to some degree (so not JUST eating dried) so i still try to encourage fresh as well as her daily apricots, raisins and some dates.

can you puree defrosted frozen spinach??? anythign changed in the texture? i imagine it is cheaper and more convenient to get chopped frozen spinach.  will have to look into it.

will be making the chickpea cookies from the cookbook this weekend - thanks Jess.

heather - you can buy a microwave steamer or a steamer basket/insert for your pots and then there is no contact with the water - just steam. i use bamboo steamer baskets or just boil in water sometimes.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2007, 05:02:56 am »
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2007, 13:37:46 pm »
yep, I wouldn't use any of these hidden veggies as a substitute for what I'd already serve, just sneaking it in there if they don't like what's on the side at least I know they are getting something.  My thought is you can never have enough or offer too many. 

Maggie, the cauliflower thing reminded me to make that again...In the spring I was making 'mashed potatoes' with 100% cauliflower.  The kids loved it.  Can't remember why I stopped, I think I just forgot about it.  I add a little fat free half/half, and some parm. cheese or mont. jack and it's yummy.  We're having that for dinner tonight! 

I have found the best way to get veggies that are noticeable into my kids is in curry.  They love it and just end up eating through everything not realizing what it is. 

Also, we have some rules at the table, and will compromise on teh things they 'don't like'.  So if they want a dessert (this week it's my homemade applesauce, but I call it dessert so they think of it as one!) then they have to eat enough real dinner.  the other night with zucchini, I said they each needed to eat a bite for every year they are.  Luke had to eat 2 and Dominic had to eat 4.  It's not much, but at least is teaching them the importance of eating the right stuff first before the treats. 

I did see the other books on Amazon that looked a little like Seinfeld's but aren't there duplicates of like every cookbook type anyway?  IMO, there isn't too much 'new' out there anyway.  There are cookbooks for everything.  How many mac 'n cheese recipes are there, ya know?
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2007, 14:12:32 pm »
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Maggie, the cauliflower thing reminded me to make that again...In the spring I was making 'mashed potatoes' with 100% cauliflower.  The kids loved it.  Can't remember why I stopped, I think I just forgot about it.  I add a little fat free half/half, and some parm. cheese or mont. jack and it's yummy.

I've also made them with 100% cauliflower - ds really liked it, but dh, not so much.  So I've now realized that if I just put one small potato in them, then they get a potato-y taste and dh never knows!!!

Totally off the subject (sorry!) - you mentioned the fat free half and half - I was just thinking about this literally 5 minutes ago when I poured my coffee - I got half and half from the store the other day and was so disappointed when I saw brought it home and saw that it was fat free.  I mean, isn't it supposed to be half cream, half whole milk? ;)  how could that be fat free!  ;)(I think you already know that I prefer full fat versions of everything!!! ;D)  Andy Rooney did a segment recently on dairy products that was really funny.  I'll try to find the link.

anyway, here I am eating my yummy blueberry bar for breakfast (totally defeats the purpose of healthy cooking - even if it is full of spinach!  It's also full of sugar and fat!).  Seriously though, the blueberry bars are really good.

And about the whole thing regarding the idea of putting pureed veggies into food being stolen (that sentence is terrible - but you know what I mean!!!).  Kind of silly if you ask me.  Although, I would be a bit peeved if I was the other author as Seinfeld's wife already sort of has a name for herself and people will be turned onto her book and not others just because of the name :-\  It's nice to get ideas for recipes - even if they aren't new ideas.

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #41 on: October 12, 2007, 23:48:50 pm »
I think I am a "queen" of sneaking puree veg into things.
I made a packet Choc chip cookies yesterday & replaced 50% of the butter with puree zuchini (corgette) & they worked perfectly. Infact I have worked out that most packet cakes etc (I do because of 2yo concentation span) you can replace 50% of the fat with a veg puree & it works.
I also replace 50% of the sugar with pear puree in many of my from scratch receipes.
I'm now thinking maybe I should actually start writing them down & sharing them.

BTW you can puree frozen spinach, I add it to my Bolognaise sauce.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2007, 04:01:15 am »
when you use pureed fruit for sugar substitute does it change how you bake it?  I made these muffins once with apple juice concentrate instead of sugar and i swear they burnt so quickly.  I was just wondering if things baked different. 

I've also been able to successfully substitute low fat yogurt for a lot of oil/butter in things. 

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #43 on: October 13, 2007, 06:25:23 am »
Yay!  So glad there is a post about this!  Since the show, I have been pureeing like crazy.  Thanks for all the recs.   Here is what we have done.

Mac n cheese with butternut squash - delicious!  Even dh (who won't touch a veggie) didn't know until I told him afterwards. 

Waffles with banana and flaxseed. 

Turkey meatballs with pureed spinach (I just steamed the frozen stuff) and carrot - aside from the color (ds called them "green balls and ham"  ;D), you would never know there was a veggie in them. 

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #44 on: October 13, 2007, 06:34:27 am »
(ds called them "green balls and ham"  ;D),

ROFL!!!!
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