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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #90 on: January 05, 2008, 18:25:46 pm »
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #91 on: January 10, 2008, 19:59:27 pm »
Has anyone else tried the banana bread w/cauilflower?  Mine didn't rise even a little bit, very dense.  Made the spaghetti and turkey meatballs.  dh like it but I thought it needed less breacrumbs and more meat in the balls.  Made the quesadillas last night and I agree and I would set them up differently.  dh and ds did not like this one at all. 

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #92 on: January 11, 2008, 05:06:45 am »
I find I have the problem that if food is 'mixed' mine won't eat it so while all the recipes look good, none are any use to me (apart from the cake ones & I have my own recipes with even higher veg/fruit content I use)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #93 on: January 11, 2008, 05:38:53 am »
Wow! So cool I found this thread! I just pureed some squash tonight to try in a few recipes, and am going to the store tomorrow to get ingredients for the Banana Bread and the Mozarella sticks. DS loves banana bread, so I'm happy to put some cauliflower in there to boost his veggie intake. And he's a huge cheese eater. I think he'll love the moz sticks, esp. if served with ketchup  ::)

Got a super picky eater here - texture is huge. So, I'm hoping this book will help.

Those of you that have both Seinfeld's book and the Sneaky Chef, is it worth having both books? I'd be pleased ot have more recipes to work with!

Oh, and has anyone made the homemade ketchup yet from Seinfeld's book? Did your kids like it?
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #94 on: January 11, 2008, 16:48:16 pm »
I thought I'd start slow, so I bought a can of pumpkin and froze the puree. I pulled off French toast and DD ate it. I had some too and it was good! I also made the oatmeal with a lot less brown sugar and super picky DS ate it! I pureed some cauliflower yesterday and froze it. I'm hoping to make mozzarella sticks and peanut butter banana muffins this weekend.

And I also managed to sneak a cube of pumpkin into boxed mac and cheese...DS ate the whole thing! ;D
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #95 on: January 11, 2008, 16:59:30 pm »
I found these reviews on amazon.com.  I can't believe the time this one woman put into it.

       

2.0 out of 5 stars We dont care who did it first, the Sneaky Chef is the one that works., October 8, 2007
By    Sleep Doctor "Dr. Mom, MD" (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
This weekend 7 friends and I got together to compare recipes from The Sneaky Chef(TSC) and Deceptively Delicious(DD). Our primary loyalty is to our kids and getting good food into them. We don't really care who did it first, just what works. We've been successfully sneaking for months and need more recipes now, so we were eagerly awaiting the release of Deceptively Delicious.

We chose six duplicate recipes from each book (12 total) and did double-blind (where neither the server nor the child knows which is which-only the cook keeps track) side by side taste tests. The whole process took all day Sunday. We chose to make mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, peanut butter & jelly muffins, brownies, chicken nuggets and meat loaf.

Summary: For one reason or another, kids clearly preferred the recipes from TSC. The main reasons seemed to be that DD's were too sophisticated in flavors and the textures were off. The cooks felt that TSC was more geared towards kids' tastes, especially where picky eaters are concerned, and addressed the needs of the cook better. Roughly half of the recipes in Deceptively Delicious are the same as in The Sneaky Chef, which was disappointing since we're starved ; ) for new recipes at this point.

The following are the detailed results:

Mashed Potatoes: Kids' preference: TSC. Main reason: "Creamier." DD was called "watery" by most kids. Cooks found both recipes easy to make and would do so regularly.

Mac n cheese: Kids' unanimous preference: TSC. Main reason: "the same as they're used to." Kids rejected DD version as "adult food" and would not eat it. Cooks' also preferred TSC. Reasons: DD has too many ingredients, is too expensive and time consuming to make regularly.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins: Kids' preference: none. A clear tie. This was probably due to the dominating peanut butter flavor in both recipes. Kids did prefer the appearance of DD, though, as the jelly was visible on top of the muffin and TSC is hidden inside.

Brownies: Kids' unanimous preference: TSC. Main reason: DD had a slightly bitter to some kids but all found the texture "too pasty." Cooks found both recipes easy to make and would do so regularly.

Chicken Nuggets: Kids preferred TSC overall. Main objection to DD: "too spicy and mushy." Cooks' also preferred TSC. Reasons: DD has too many ingredients and the flax meal contributed to the too-soft texture.

Meat Loaf: Kids unanimously preferred TSC. Unanimous objection to DD: "too spicy and mushy." Cooks' unanimously preferred TSC for texture and flavor.

Note: The layout in DD is more clear and concise, and having the photos next to the recipes is also very helpful. TSC would take a lesson here.

Finally, we hope that many more authors get on this sneaky bandwagon-we need more recipes!



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5.0 out of 5 stars Which To Choose: This One Or The Sneaky Chef?, October 6, 2007
By    P. Gould (Colorado) - See all my reviews
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Choose Deceptively Delicious! In a lot of ways the two books are similar. But Deceptively Delicious has significantly healthier, easier-to-make recipes. Of course, this book does seem to be imitating the Sneaky Chef idea for pureeing fruits and veggies to add to kids' favorite foods. (Though, realistically, this book must have been in production long before the Sneaky Chef was released to the public.) And the Sneaky Chef does contains some good ideas and recipes. However, the Deceptively Delicious recipes are lower in saturated fats, higher in whole grains and use less sugar and artificial items (like colored sprinkles and packaged mac-n-cheese.) Plus, this book's purees are an improvement over those in the Sneaky Chef. Many parents are very concerned with adding more vegetables, and Deceptively Delicious includes 11 very simple whole veggie purees. In contrast, although 4 of the 5 Sneaky Chef veggie purees do contain whole vegetables, they are more complicated since each one contains multiple ingredients. For fruit, the Sneaky Chef recipes rely on homemade juices that are made by boiling fruit, straining it and adding sugar. The fruit purees in Deceptively Delicious are made from whole fruits. They are not only easier to make, they also include more of the fiber and nutrients since nothing is strained out. My conclusion? Even if you, like me, would rather help your kids learn to love vegetables and fruit without trickery, this book may still be of use to you. It's full of healthy, kid-friendly recipe ideas-- just tell your kids what is in the food they are eating. On the other hand, if you have a child who is going through a picky stage and you feel that you need to sneak in some veggies and fruits, I'd go with Deceptively Delicious.
P. Gould, author of Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family


       
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Disappointing, October 15, 2007
By    J. A Carty "jkcarty" (Charlotte, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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I am pretty nervous about posting a negative review on a product at any juncture, but especially a book featured on Oprah. I have to, however, be honest about my experience with this cookbook.

When I saw this on Oprah, I was intrigued. After watching the show, I decided to purchase the book because my husband and I have trouble keeping fresh produce just for the two of us. He is also a pretty picky eater and is very limited on the number of veggies he eats so I thought this would be a good experiment for us to get more nutrition in our diet on a consistent basis.

I purchased the book and the Magic Bullet processor (cause I'd been wanting one) and I selected 5 recipes I would make, trying to stick to as few purees as possible for a first week trial. I selected: Banana Bread, CHicken Salad, Mac and Cheese, Chocolate Chip cookies and the Chili.

First, I made a cauliflower puree. That went smoothly. The next day I took it out of the fridge and made the Banana Bread. The recipe was pretty simple, although a lot of ingredients were involved, and I successfully made the bread. The texture was fine but it smelled and tasted STRONGLY of cauliflower. Disappointment number 1. I will say, however, that the recipe made with only banana puree is solid.

Next for dinner I made the Macaroni and Cheese. I didn't use the puree because I already knew the cauliflower puree was going to be too strong for us. The Mac and Cheese didn't go over well with my husband either and I wonder how well it would do for most children considering how strong it tasted even without the puree. The use of cheddar cheese is overpowring. If I made it again, which I doubt because it was very, very involved, I would give a much milder cheese. Disappointment #2.

After having two failures, I looked over the other recipes and for someone who has been cooking for quite a while as well as making her own recipes I will say the book has solid recipes, but for me I'd have to make them without the vegetable purees.

In summary, there is some good nutritional information in this book and even though I will not be keeping this book, I give it a 3 for the recipes that involve the fruit purees because I think they are the most likely to succeed in your household. My other disappointment, besides the failure of flavor, is that the recipes do not have nutritional information with them. A nutritionist writes an introduction to the book but didn't list the calorie and fat content? Curious.

I can't really suggest this cookbook given that there just aren't enough recipes and my apprehension at how much time you would have to experiment getting the puree flavors correct. I would more suggest a standard low-fat cookbook and chop the vegetables up really small that actually go with the type of food your cooking :)

Please don't mark this review as bad just because you are a fan of Oprah! I am also, I'm just disappointed in this particular book.

Thanks.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #96 on: January 11, 2008, 20:45:26 pm »
have requested sneaky chef from the library and own DD--interested in comparing    :)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #97 on: January 12, 2008, 00:25:43 am »
I have both books and use them both - I really like the quesadillas from Sneaky Chef and it seems other posters don't like the quesadillas from Deceptively Delicious.

One of the things I really liked about the Sneaky Chef was the ideas about a Breading Mix that I store in my freezer. It is an equal mixture of whole wheat bread crumbs (ww bread whirred up in the blender), wheat germ and ground almonds and a bit of seasoning. I use it to bread chicken fingers and make fish sticks. My boy really likes it. I don't know why I couldn't think up this myself as had been using white bread crumbs previously?  ???

Sneaky Chef also has a flour substitute that uses equal parts white flour, ww flour and wheat germ. I also keep this in the freezer and use it in my recipes for pancakes, etc.

Sneaky Chef also has good ideas about making your own jello (which my boy loves) out of fruit juice and unflavored gelatin. My boy also loves the Breakfast Icecream he has as a snack - it isn't ice cream at all but rather frozen banana whirred up with plain yogurt, honey and some avocado for good measure.

But I do have to agree that the purees are all more "difficult" than DD in that they are puree-combos (sweet potato AND carrot for example). Another example is the pancakes in Sneaky Chef are made from 'scratch' rather than using a pancake mix like DD.

Not sure if that helps? I looked at them both before buying - I love cookbooks so I'm happy to add 2 more to my collection!


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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #98 on: January 12, 2008, 02:54:30 am »
making the tortilla cigars from DD tonight.  I will let you all know how they are!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #99 on: January 12, 2008, 03:52:08 am »
One other thing I wanted to add about the two books - DD & Sneaky Chef. There is many of the same recipes in them both (although there is slight variations in ingredients in them).
Both books have recipes for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Lasagna, Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Pizzas, etc.

So if you are looking for brand new ideas on what to feed your LO's, you may be disappointed by the similarities between the book. In fact some of the recipes are just about identical.

But...I'm still glad I have them both. Maybe see (as someone else mentioned) if you can borrow it from the library or take a really good look at it in the bookstore so that you know if it is worth it to you to get them both?

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #100 on: January 12, 2008, 05:07:07 am »
well general consensus so far has been too cheesy.  I think the next time I will make them I am going to put more chicken and less cream cheese.  probably 1 1/2 cups of chicken and 2 oz of cream cheese. if you like cream cheese, it kind of just tastes like a quesadilla with cream cheese in it.  great taste just needs more chicken and less cheese. 

I also decided that everyone that has this book needs a vit-a-mix.  they do wonders for shreding chicken and pureeing and you can make fruit smoothies to go with all your meals!  just a little plug for them if anyone is int he market for a blender that does everything.  this is the one!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2008, 18:16:31 pm »
On the matter of blender recommendations . . . if you're sleep deprived or pregnant I'd think twice before using a hand held stick blender.    :P ;)  I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be allowed to operate any kitchen gadgets right now.  I decided to get back on the horse yesterday and make the chick pea cookies.   Pureed the chick peas in the food processor (enclosed, nice and safe), was using my kitchenaid mixer to mix the batter and caught myself nearly sticking my intact index finger in to wipe a drip from the side of the bowl while the paddle was going.   ???  What's wrong with me, LOL?  It prob wouldn't have been tragic, but would have hurt.    I'm blaming my fuzzy head on pregnancy. 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2008, 21:50:43 pm »
Bethany please be careful!!

on a side note - we love those chickpea choc chip cookies here!! definitely have to puree the chickpeas first!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #103 on: January 14, 2008, 10:10:19 am »
Bethany, you need to give someone else those jobs!

Deb going to PM you about another post of yours when I get a moment (just been down to the very hot Snowy Mountains & exhuased so off to bed)
but do you have a electonic version of the chickpea choc chip cookies I'd love to make it, the boys love choc chip cookies & I'd love them to have healthier ones - win win  ;)

I have found that pretty much most cake recipes you can replace about 30- 50% of the fat content with the same volume of vege pure (bland ones like peeled zucchini work well) & not have a failure.

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #104 on: January 14, 2008, 10:26:41 am »
hey guys  :)

just had a thought - the reason why the consistency may be different is if you are not in the US, you may need to convert the quantities.  I've found that with american recipes and works well. 
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