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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2007, 19:50:23 pm »
We tried the quesadillas the other night.  The kids liked them ok.  The squash was definitely visible and you could kind of taste it.  Even I really hate squash, though, and thought they were good.  However, I'd assemble them a little differently than the recipe does for next time.  I'd mash the squash and the beans and the sour cream together instead of mixing the squash with the cheese.  We also used black beans, b/c we just had them on hand. 
And the frozen squash worked fine! 

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2007, 23:02:13 pm »
Heather - did you puree the chickpeas like i did or leave them whole like in the recipe?  ours turned out super soft and moist.  the cookie itself is like a BASE for the chocolate chips inmy mind. there is little flavour (and the kids can't tell the chickpeas are there), but there is chocolate in most every bite so that flavour stands out instead of sugary cookie.

on a negative - i have now eaten SOOOO many of those cookies i am sure i have gained weight. i usually have my own cookies and the girls have theirs, but since this made so many and i was not sure if you coudl/would freeze them, they were sitting in a container and i have been sick with a cold/flu and stuffing my face  :-[  Next time i will try freezing 4 per ziplock bag so the girls get 2 each. i usually bake muffins and loaf cakes that freeze well in portions.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2007, 23:30:47 pm »
Deb - I had the same issue with the blueberry bars - they were so good I ate just about all of them - luckily I gave about a third of them away before I was able to get my greedy little fingers on them ;)  But the problem with the blueberry bars is that they are the perfect (taste-wise, NOT nutrition-wise!) breakfast with a cup of coffee - yum. 

I am going to concentrate on the non-dessert recipes from now on!  And then when I make the occassional dessert, I'll know they're good and I can go ahead and make them (as long as I give most away!!!) :)

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #63 on: October 18, 2007, 05:27:18 am »
I made a banana bread with choc chips and spinach puree on Monday with ds. It was very good and I am hoping it got some spinach into the kid. I did end up bringing it to work today to colleagues could finish it but fortunately the reviews were good--NOBODY could believe it had spinach in it!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #64 on: October 18, 2007, 07:30:37 am »
kate is that a DD recipe or from someone else? want to share?
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2007, 23:25:39 pm »
Deb-I left the chickpeas whole, but it's the cookie dough that is spongy.  I don't know, but I'm still eating them  ::).

Made the chicken salad-pretty good.  Made the burgers (1) with cauliflower.  They were okay, a little too moist, but I'm sure I can work on them next time. 

Overall, I'm slightly disappointed with my first 3 items.  I kind of wish I'd waited to buy the book and used the "free" recipes on oprah.com first.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #66 on: October 19, 2007, 00:36:46 am »
The (spinach) banana bread with choc chips did not come from the book. I used a regular banana bread recipe, used only one egg instead of two--I am not a baker by any means so the fact that it worked for me is a miracle and must mean it is SUPER easy and effortless!!!

I have not bought the book yet either as I am going to try working my way through the free recipes first...

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #67 on: November 06, 2007, 16:12:22 pm »
I did buy the book and love it. Some of the recipes need some tweeking for my family, but it gives the chief of the house some good ideas of how to sneak a little extra vitamins into our families diets. I think my little one (16 mo) is too picky for most of the recipes. She won't eat noodles with anything on it, bread with anything, basically she doesn't like her foods together or touching. I've tested a few out and they're on our rotation. It may take awhile for our lo to eat them though...What I like is that I can sneak some extra veggies past my husband and most of the recipes use lowfat or nonfat ingredients. Here are a couple of the recipes we've tried and how they worked out...

Chicken nuggets with broccoli was very good. I had to play with the temperature a little because I overcooked them. This was the only recipe where I could taste the veggie (maybe with something other than broccoli this would not be the case, but our family likes the taste of it so not a problem here).

Quesadillas they are fabulous. Too hard for my lo to eat (plus everything was touching :)). The puree all fell out, but she loved finger painting in it.

Mac and cheese 1 by far my favorite. I think I could eat a whole thing myself. Rich, creamy, yum yum!

Burger 1 was very good and very filling.

Brownies turned out very rich and not fluffy. I'm not the best baker, so maybe I did something wrong.

Chocolate chip cookies were very good when warm. I did not puree the chick peas (which the directions said not to puree, just wash and add). When they cooled the chick peas were very obvious with texture and taste. I think next time I'll try pureeing. Even when the cooled and the peas were obvious they all got eaten.




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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #68 on: November 06, 2007, 20:02:52 pm »
I did the egg puffs this weekend and they were YUMMY! You could taste the yellow squash but the flavor was good with the egg and cheese - it fit.  :)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #69 on: November 06, 2007, 21:55:40 pm »
I just wanted to add a trick I tried & worked the other day.
When the recipe asked for 1 cup of milk I replaced it with skim milk powder & made the liquid up with veg puree (diluted to liquid) I have also taken to changing 1/4 of the sugar volume to fruit puree & 1/3 oil/fat volume to veg puree for nearly avery recipe I make... the only thing is I need to keep an eye on the cooking time.
I tried masshed banana in a chocolate cake the other day, but that was too puddingy.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #70 on: November 06, 2007, 23:23:56 pm »
Haven't had a chance to read the whole thread yet but I wanted to mark my place as I finally bought the book!

Have made the "buttery noodles" (think that's the name  :-\  ) We all LOVED it!

Burgers 1, again really good. Did them with ground chicken.

Potato soup, really is like eating mashed potatoes! A bit bland for my taste but yummy still and comforting.

French toast, really really good and easy. Dh said it was the best french toast he ever had.

Needless to say, pretty happy so far! Oh yeah, and the avocado dip. Too smooth and creamy for dh but dd likes it. Though she eats straight avocado and raw garlic too.  :o

Trying the turkey tacos tonight.  :)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #71 on: November 09, 2007, 03:29:26 am »
Well here in Aus, it's on Oprah right now!!!  I'm not the most imaginative w veges even for myself, so these sound like a great way even for adults to have veges.  Not sure you can buy it here.  Did look on a bookshop website, and it is $50!!!  ooohhhh..

Can't see the links on this thread but will head to oprah.com....
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #72 on: November 14, 2007, 23:49:55 pm »
I'm marking my spot

When I finally get myself organised I'll be back to try some recipes with you all  :)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #73 on: November 15, 2007, 02:09:34 am »
Here is an article with several kinds of purees to use for different kinds of recipes.  I think from this you use them to adapt other recipes, and maybe start with less and work up so that your family gets used to the texture.  I bought the magazine, but haven't used it, and don't know where it is, but thought about it when reading this thread, and thought I'd share.
Oh, almost forgot to put the link, here it is ://www.parenting.com/parenting/article/0,19840,1595046,00.html
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #74 on: November 15, 2007, 06:00:35 am »
we love this book!  I made the nuggets too and DH ate most of them.  We have made the fresh toast alot too, VERY EASY and so good.  we mixed it with pumpkin and banana

i made a version of the mac and cheese she did on the show but added a few twists.  Just did boxed mac and cheese, bought frozen squash at the store and added about 1/4 cup.  Then threw in a little flax seed.  She DOWNED two plates full.  I loved it too. 

eager to try the brownies.
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