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New approach: sneaking goodness into their food.

Categories: Cooking, Food, Meal Planning, Uncategorized


I ran to the bookstore yesterday afternoon to grab Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook. I felt a certain need to snatch it up before the Oprah appearance yesterday, this is the lame parent version of getting into a musician ‘before they were cool”.

I bought this book because it really seems to tie into my current struggle to find good food all three of my children will love. After browsing a little yesterday I’m excited to give it a try.

Of course I read this article and Miranda Purves was, uh, not impressed? If you enjoy watching a mass of people tear someone apart limb from limb have a go at the comments on that article. Whoa.

Seinfeld’s idea isn’t particularly innovative, The Sneaky Chef is pretty much the same book. Even readers of this blog have been sneaking vegetables into baked goods, check out Mary’s spinach brownie recipe here. I also wrote about the method at my other column at Alpha Mom.

Still I like the design of the book and the recipes seem as if they’ll appeal to my picky eaters. Purves was especially overwhelmed by pureeing the vegetables required for these recipes. I hate cooking as much if not more than most people but last night as dinner simmered I grabbed the vegetables I had in the fridge and freezer and steamed and pureed them before dinner was done. I now have broccoli, pea and red pepper puree in my freezer ready to go. It really wasn’t difficult.

For next week I’ll report on the banana bread recipe with cauliflower puree, the quesadilla with butternut squash and the pink pancakes (with beets). I have high hopes for the banana bread and pancakes, but I predict the quesadillas will be shunned like you’ve never seen a quesadilla be shunned.

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4 comments so far...

  • Funny. I saw her on Oprah yesterday and the first person I thought of was you and your kid’s lunch boxes. :o) I’m interested on your take of the recipes.

    Leticia  |  October 9th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

  • I’m a big fan of the sneaky chef concept and I am certainly no chef. I’ve been making my way through the recipes in the Sneaky Chef cookbook for the past two weeks and so far, they’re a big hit with my kids! I was shocked when the sweet potato/carrot puree went completely undetected in the cheese quesadillas and floored when they LOVED the chicken finger breading made with wheat bread crumbs and wheat germ. I was concerned about the time commitment the pureeing requires, but I’m with you — it’s really not bad. I blogged about all of this a couple of days ago ( and was so honored when Sneaky Chef author, Missy Chase Lapine commented and thanked me for my review!!! I think she’s a little down about all of the attention and accolades Seinfeld is getting these days since Lapine really is the original Sneaky Chef. But I think there’s room on our shelves for both books since kids aren’t likely to love all recipes in either book. Happy pureeing!

    Amy S.  |  October 10th, 2007 at 3:13 am

  • I just put half a roasted butternut squash into mashed potatoes and they went over really well - everybody loved them. I saved the other half of the squash in an ice cube tray (then bagged) for when the baby starts eating in a couple months.

    The other thing I was thinking about was making home fries and/or simple oven french fries and making half of them white potatoes and half of them sweet potatoes. Hiding the sweet potatoes in plain sight, I guess.

    mamaloo, the doula  |  October 11th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

  • [...] Tuesday I mentioned how I’d pureed a few vegetables following the directions in and it wasn’t [...]

    Work It, Mom! | A Community for Professional Moms  |  October 11th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

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