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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #75 on: December 14, 2007, 17:19:43 pm »
I bought the book, read it and still have not made one recipe  :-[.  IN fact, I have some rotten sweet potatoe in my bin right now.  :P

Taking two weeks Annual Leave starting Mon. so maybe I will find some time. I will try to check in on this thread from time to time.  :)

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #76 on: December 21, 2007, 05:39:19 am »
I bought the book Deceptively Delicious (Canada Costco has them now for $15!) and also The Sneaky Chef.  I really like them both - use them both about the same.  So far my son likes vegetables but I'm always about getting new healthy recipes!

It helps me use the recipes if I have the purees already made. I freeze them in an ice cube tray and then put each type of puree into a large ziploc bag (rather than individually freezing 1/4 cup as they suggest). Two "ice-cubes" equals 1/4 cup.

I tweak the recipes here and there (add spices, etc) and use the philosophy in my own recipes now too - eg a shepherd's pie now gets some sweet potato puree with the meat mixture and cauliflower puree is mixed in with the mashed potatoes. My lasagna now uses the tomato sauce with all of those other hidden veg purees in it too.

So far I have been scared to make most of the desserts. We don't do many desserts here anyways and I have quite a few recipes I already use for banana bread, pumpkin carrot muffins, etc. Will see how brave I get before attempting the chocolate avocado cupcakes....

In Deceptively Delicious we make Banana French Toast, Cauliflower Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Pita Pizzas, Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, Spaghetti Sauce (with squash), Tacos with Sweet Potato (yum!)

The Sneaky Chef - Breading mixture (whole wheat bread crumbs, ground almonds & wheat germ) to bread anything, Breakfast IceCream (frozen bananas, plain yogurt, avocado, honey all whirred up), Whole Wheat Pancakes, Quesadillas with sweet potato & carrot, Cheesy Animal Crackers (with chickpeas & wheat germ), Chicken Fingers, Magic Meatballs with Spinach, Tomato Pasta Sauce, and Fish Sticks

It is because of this thread I bought the books! I love to cook and I'm happy to have new healthy ideas for snacks and meals for DS.
Thanks for this thread!

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #77 on: December 21, 2007, 18:59:25 pm »
I bought this book about a month ago and love it! I make sure that I still serve veggies at all meals, but now I make sure that I add purees as well, not just for DD but for the whole family. You can never have enough veggies.
So far I have made

Grilled cheese with squash puree- can't image making it any other way now, its o cheesy.. yum yum
Chicken mcnuggets with both broc and beet puree
French toast with squash or sweet potato - we have this every Saturday
Meat loaf with broc and squash-- so good
Mac N cheese

I think that is it.

Oh my friend made the Choc cake and she said that it was really good, just very dense
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #78 on: December 21, 2007, 21:21:48 pm »
We had the pink pancakes again for breakfast today and Colin and I both just adore them  :)
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #79 on: December 24, 2007, 01:59:35 am »
I just bought the book the other day. I'm so excited to try it! I HATE veggies and I'm afraid I've passed it on to my kids. :( I'd like to get us all back in the habit of eating veggies again, even if I have to hide it!

Has anyone tried freezing any of the finished recipes yet? I know you can freeze the purees, but I'm curious if I can make a big batch of, say, mac and cheese and freeze individual portions for later.
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #80 on: December 24, 2007, 04:10:19 am »
made the pink pancakes this morning - both girls liked it.  alex said "well done mom!" - it took me a long time to put together (she says 10 min prep in the book and, allowing for the fact that i pureed the beetroot right then - not in advance - ,it took me 45 min from puree to serving).  i liked that it had ricotta, apples and beets - quite a boost to regular pancakes.

we also made the frozen yogurt pops (p.167) a week or so ago - used blueberries. the girls loved making it but neither liked it. i will try a different recipe though as i really want to try to do this for the rest of the summer instead of buying commercial icecream if possible and getting alex to have a non-grape/banana fruit.


melissa - i would assume you could freeze many of these things - the purees don't change that (so if you normaly freeze mac and cheese, then you could still do so).  i usualy freeze portions of dh's homemade cheese sauce and defrost them to add to fresh pasta.  when i added the cauliflower to it i froze the cauli puree separately so when i served later meals i defrosted 1 sauce + 1 cauli and heated both and added to fresh pasta etc.


i am going to be bold and try to make something with tofu next - maybe the nuggets on p100. only problem is my kids don't eat nuggets to begin with so it is a shot in the dark overall.  that is my problem with the majority of the recipes - if my kids don't eat lasagne, meatbals, nuggets to begin with it is not an option for me to use the recipe and add veg - they won't eat it with or without the puree.  so i looked through the book and came up with about 10 recipes that i am trying (in addition to the chickpea choc chip cookies which i loved). i fugure if i gain 5 recipes they like i will be happy with the purchase.

my planned recipes to try:
pink pancakes - done and liked
french toast - wil try with banana and with sweet potato
tofu nuggets
brownies with carrot and spinach
gingerbread spice cake with broccoli and carrots
oatmeal raisin cookies with banana and zucchini and less sugar than calls for


i might try one of the other main course recipes every week or so and just pray that thye wil try it one day as Alex especially does not like to TRY anythign new 98%  of the time. anyone have a really picky eater who has TRIED some of the savoury dishes????
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #81 on: December 24, 2007, 04:22:57 am »
I have the Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef book so the recipes are from both....
I have frozen the meatballs, tomato sauce, lasagna, uncooked but breaded fish sticks and chicken fingers and also pancakes (warm those up in the toaster).
Works great for us to have it on hand. Especially times like when we are having steak - he has his meatballs so it is not all this extra cooking for his meal.

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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #82 on: January 03, 2008, 14:11:34 pm »
Cool! I can't believe there is a thread for this! I just posted this on the what your toddler ate today thread:

New Year's Eve DH made homemade pizza & offered to James with a side of veggies. James refused to touch the veggies. so then DH put the veggies on the pizza & folded the slice in half & James gobbled it up!  So the next night, DH decided to hide some veggies in Chicken Quesadillas. He ground them up quite a bit in the food processor & it worked! 

So I got the Magic Bullet for Christmas b/c I'm going to be introducing solids to the baby within the next month & wanted to be able to puree small amounts of food without breaking out the big Cuisinart.  And my mom saw the Oprah episode with Jessica Seinfeld & her book "Deceptively Delicious" & went out and bought me the book for Christmas. So I didn't see that Oprah episode, but since we know we can hide some veggies & James will eat them, I can't wait to look at her recipes.

Hmm- DS is allergic to eggs & looks like a lot of the recipes call for eggs. Wonder if I can tweak them a bit. 
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #83 on: January 03, 2008, 21:45:01 pm »
My DS can't have dairy, so I'm having to modify a lot too.  Of course, the only thing I've actually made is the chocolate chip chick pea cookies, which came out great.  I have sweet potatoes and beets roasting as I type.   :D  I'm planning to make the turkey meat ball soup tonight for dinner. 
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« Reply #84 on: January 03, 2008, 23:04:14 pm »
Made the coffee cake today, and even though I mucked up the recipe  :-[ (darn pg brain) it still turned out well enough to impress the unimpressible MIL.  ;D
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« Reply #85 on: January 03, 2008, 23:12:48 pm »
Roasting sweet potatoes made my house smell yummy.   8)
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« Reply #86 on: January 03, 2008, 23:53:39 pm »
My DS can't have dairy, so I'm having to modify a lot too.  Of course, the only thing I've actually made is the chocolate chip chick pea cookies, which came out great.  I have sweet potatoes and beets roasting as I type.   :D  I'm planning to make the turkey meat ball soup tonight for dinner. 

made this soup for Dh and I.  DH LOVED it.  I thought it was good but not my favrite.  DH doesn't like soups really so it was nice to have something like that that he liked.  this month we are making a couple new recepies.  we are trying to eat differently.  we have gotten in a bad unhealthy eating habit.  it's easy to get int hat habit at the beginning of pregnancy.  now trying to pull out of it!
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Re: "Deceptively delicious" recipes - hide the fruit and veg!
« Reply #87 on: January 04, 2008, 00:33:35 am »
I got the book for Christmas and was quite excited after reading the explantion about the book.  She always serves veggies on the plate besides blending them in with the purees.  So the kids are still being taught to eat them as well.  But if they do deny them then they will still be getting their daily intake.  The recipes sound fantastic,,, butternut squash in macaroni and cheese, cauliflower puree in scrambled eggs.  I made the chilli last night and it was really good.  It had carrot and red pepper puree along with flaxseed meal and cornmeal, very filling.   And yes my husband liked it as well.

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« Reply #88 on: January 04, 2008, 06:54:29 am »
I was really dissappointed w/ the texture of the meatballs.  They were really mooshy and crumbley.  However, I realize that part of the problem is that we had to leave out the paramesan cheese as DS can't have dairy.   :-\

Melissa--did you make them with the parmesan?  How was the texture?
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« Reply #89 on: January 04, 2008, 18:35:23 pm »
they were still pretty mushy.  I was goingt o try to make them different the next time...not sure how I would change them but I felt the same.  DH however loved them like that so can't change it too much ;)  I thought the biggest reason for the mushiness was the puree in it.  I thoguht maybe lessen that just a bit or make breadcrumbs with the bread by toasting it before hand and see if that maybe helped with it.  I'm making it again later this month.  I'll let you knwo how it goes!
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