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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #45 on: October 13, 2007, 13:41:41 pm »
Yay!  I got the book! 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #46 on: October 13, 2007, 17:10:40 pm »
Yesterday was a grilled cheese sandwich with carrot puree on top of the cheese.  DS loved it!

For breakfast I made pancakes with canned pumpkin!  They were SO good. It was one cup of pancake mix, 1/2 cup pumpkin, some pumpkin pie spice and one cup of water.  Her recipe called for sweet potato but, I haven't pureed it yet. 

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #47 on: October 13, 2007, 19:07:49 pm »
Great, visual aids  ;) ;D.  Good job. 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2007, 09:28:11 am »
ok i made the (chickpea) chocolate chip cookies with the girls this afternoon. i had planned to do the brownies too but i am quite ill so was impressed enough that i followed through with some of the baking plans  ;D

i just happed to check my favourite blog today (suburban bliss) and she too is trying out DD recipes and happened to start with the same cookies - small world eh?  so i took a cue from her results and decided to puree the chickpeas (recipe just says to drain and rinse) with a little water so it was a smooth and slightly runny consistency.

don't know if this one change made all the difference BUT it yielded way more than 2 dozen cookies (using a generous TBS per cookie) and too way longer than the time on the recipe (average time for mine was 25 min!!!)

but they taste great!! and the kids loved em as did dh and myself!

will make the brownies later this week - got all the ingredients just need to feel up to it  HTH
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #49 on: October 14, 2007, 16:53:36 pm »
Sophie, sugar has a lot to do with cooking times and burning. If you substitute something for sugar you'll definitely have to keep a close eye on it.

I made the pink pancakes for breakfast this morning, and they are AWESOME! The flavor is great, you can't taste the beets at all and once and a while you get a taste of the apple. I added a dash more cinnamon and that was good too. Only thing is, the recipe says to cook them on medium-high and that did NOT work for me. The outside was cooked but middles weren't. Once I turned down the heat it was fine. And I had to make two batches of batter because one wasn't enough for us three. DH wasn't too crazy about the consistency, I think it was the ricotta cheese that made it more gooey. Me and DS liked it though.  8)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #50 on: October 14, 2007, 19:48:33 pm »
deb where did you find the chickpea cookie recipe?  Was it on that link you put up?  I didn't find them.  Or did you buy the book? 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2007, 20:30:14 pm »
I also noticed that it took WAY longer to cook the blueberry bars than it instructed on the recipe.  She must have an oven that is way off (of course, it couldn't be mine ;))

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #52 on: October 14, 2007, 22:39:54 pm »
i got the recipe from Jess as i really wanted totry to make a healthier cookie.

maybe super fancy ovens are more efficient and cook faster - or maybe she used fan forced and did not note that on the recipes  ::)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #53 on: October 15, 2007, 00:01:19 am »
Yes Sophie I think it does change the time etc it cooks... thing is I have NEVER followed a recipe properly & cook things by "look" so I don't really know the difference it makes... I never substitute 100% sugar or fat, but often do about 50%.

My biggest problem is I have a child who likes food unadulterated, so he won't eat Mac & cheese or cheese on toast, or pancakes & pretty much the only things I can sneak veg into is "sweet stuff" Mash potato & rissoles. At least he eats fruit & will have a bite (very small) of a green veg.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #54 on: October 15, 2007, 00:29:11 am »
well, I'm waiting for my beet choc. cake to bake.  It sure smells good.  I tasted the batter  :-X and didn't taste any beets.  DS helped me bake it and thought it was funny how the color turned out. 

But it dawned on me that at least in this particular recipe, the amount of beets that you will get in one serving of cake is probably miniscule.  There's only a 1/2 c. in the whole cake.  Oh well, I guess every bit counts and as long as I'm not expecting this cake to be a veggie serving for the day it's probably ok.    ;)   Although, maybe I jsut have to eat more cake so I can get more beets into myself.   :P  Hmmm....
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2007, 01:19:37 am »
sophie - my thought with the sweets/desserts is not to use them as my primary addition of veg but that i will use those recipes in place of a "regular" dessert (in which case 1/2 - 1c veg in a dessert is pretty great).  i also cut back on the chocolate chips in the cookies from 2cups to about 1 1/2c and i think next time i would go down to 1 c as there is still a lot of choc chips in it and my girls are not used to having chocolate in large amounts anyway so to them 4 choc chips in a cookie woudl be enough rather than 6-10 iykwim  etc

Alex is like Kate's ds - she likes everything separated and no sauce and does not eat things like bolognaise, rissoles, meatloaf etc so i have no place to hide veg. i am going to try to put cauliflower in their mac and cheese (it is white) and scrambled eggs

my plan is to make the recipes as is first and then see how i can push them out a bit without tipping my hand. so fot the cookies, next batch i will put less choc chips and more oats in them ansd will replace some of the butter/marg.

with the brownies (when i get to them) i will see how it is to start and then see if i can increase the veg content further and decrease the choc.

not a DD recipe but here is the muffin recipe i use to get fruit and veg in alex as itis  - from allrecipes.com and i read through many of the comments to get ideas to tweak it (like using wholemeal flour). i also added dried apricots and rasins and grated carrots successfully at times.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #56 on: October 15, 2007, 03:04:25 am »
the cake is yummy!  Kids loved it, and thought it was funny it had beets in it.  DH loved it as well.  I used a peanut butter frosting (thin layer) instead of what she had with the recipe.  But we use natural peanut butter, so a little more healthy.  The baking time was right for me, just 5 min longer 'cuz I used a smaller pan so it was a thicker cake. 

I should post I have a carrot/apple/raisin/oatbran/flax muffin recipe that you reminded me about. 

We're going to make the quesadillas tomorrow. 

BTW I'm freezing my extra purreed parts in small batches.  I'm hoping this works ok and doesn't give things a funny texture. 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #57 on: October 15, 2007, 03:44:16 am »
We just tried the Italian meatloaf tonite with pureed carrot...I also substituted some of the bread crumbs with flaxseed mix.


It came out a lot runnier that my regular meatloaf and required longer cooking than the 45 minutes suggested. DS was not thrilled with it (consistency of the meat) but dh loved it ::) Next time I will use more breadcrumbs/flaxseed to make it more of a loaf.

I am going to try banana bread with spinach tomorrow after work--although I am not much of a baker so we shall see :-[
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #58 on: October 17, 2007, 16:03:26 pm »
How is everyone doing?  Anybody tried the brownies yet?

Sophie - I wouldn't think that freezing the purees would have any effect - I used spinach puree that was frozen in the blueberry bars and they turned out beautifully :)

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #59 on: October 17, 2007, 18:01:58 pm »
I think the book actually suggests freezing your purees and defrosting in the microwave or warm water as needed.  I was going to batch up the purees based on serving sizes of the receipes I've picked out and freeze them if I don't plan to use them quickly.

I made the choc. chip cookies, too, Deb.  I'm with you, though; that was way too many choc. chips.  I didn't even put in the full 12 oz, probably only 2/3 of the 12 oz bag.  Then, I was picking chips out while spooning the batter onto the baking sheet  :-\ .  But, my cookies were kind of dry and bland.  I'm not complaining b/c they are still edible, but just wondering if I did something wrong.
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