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Usually I focus on food and related angst on Tuesdays and something relating to organization/productivity on Thursdays. However this week (and potentially next week as well) I’m just sort of focusing on food. Mainly because I spent (literally) 4 hours yesterday steaming, baking and pureeing vegetables.
On Tuesday I mentioned how I’d pureed a few vegetables following the directions in and it wasn’t all that big a deal. On Wednesday I tackled a major batch of vegetables following the directions laid out in Deceptively Delicious. Somewhere in hour two I remembered why I never made my own baby food. It’s kind of annoying if you don’t like cooking and/or messes.
Here is my sink.
Squash and sweet potatoes take about an hour to roast.
On the bright side, the squash and sweet potatoes yield the most puree. Also, it’s easier to spend four hours cooking and pureeing vegetables when your kids can sit in the same room doing homework. I always knew having a nicer kitchen wouldn’t make me more into cooking, but I admit a nicer kitchen does make the process a lot more pleasant.
Also on the bright side look how pretty all these bags of pureed vegetables are.
On Tuesday I mentioned we’d be trying a few recipes from Deceptively Delicious in the coming week. I couldn’t wait so I thought I’d share the results from my first two attempts.
I decided to make the Chocolate Chip Cookies from the cookbook which incorporate chickpeas into the mix. I had high hopes for these cookies because chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) have tons of fiber and also protein without much fat.
Making these cookies seemed a lot like making regular chocolate chip cookies, which is good because if things are a lot harder for me to make I’m not going to do it. I don’t think I’m alone in this limitation.
Then I added the chickpeas. Just drained and rinsed. Uh…..okay……?
Here are the cookies out of the oven, cooling on racks.
They look a lot like regular chocolate chip cookies really. I tasted a few and they did not taste like regular chocolate chip cookies but they still tasted good enough I ate a few remembering how little fat they had and how much fiber and protein they had.
I have to admit, if you’re looking for a delicious chocolate chip cookie like your mom used to make this isn’t it. However it was a decent cookie with only an occasional hint of garbanzo bean.
The true test was the kids. Both of my kids had a cookie when they walked in after school and I didn’t let on they were different. For example, when they asked what flavor they were I didn’t say “Garbanzo Chocolate Chip”, rather I said “Chocolate Chip”. With enthusiasm.
Maddie ate her cookie with no note of the secret ingredient. Max ate his as well without noting anything different. However, when I offered him a second one he said, “That was a disgusting cookie with raisins. I don’t want another.”
Uh……no raisins but perhaps oatmeal you’ve tasted?
Max had a friend over after school who ate a cookie and said, “Mrs Summers, you make really delicious cookies.” However, it took a long time for him to eat that cookie so I am not convinced he wasn’t just being polite.
I usually send one cookie as an after lunch treat, but since the cookies are so good for them I sent two in their lunch today. The true test of these cookies will be whether or not any cookies come home after school.
I also made a banana bread because I had some ripe bananas ready to be made into bread. The Deceptively Delicious recipe incorporated pureed banana and pureed cauliflower which is very different from my usual banana bread recipe which incorporates light sour cream, butter and orange zest.
What came out of my oven was this. I wish you could smell it because it smelled like a banana dying a painful and merciless death.
I didn’t eat it right away, thinking I’d let it cool just in case the flavors needed time to ‘meld’. When I finally did try it, Maddie was home and tried a piece too. We both ran to the bathroom to spit our pieces out and she asked for another cookie to ‘get rid of the taste’. This bodes well for the fate of the cookies.
It does not bode well for the fate of the banana bread, which is currently considering its crime in the bottom of my garbage can.
I have a lot of pureed vegetables in my freezer so I have more taste tests to run.
I also went ahead and bought The Sneaky Chef so I can give you a comparison. So far I like how The Sneaky Chef website has sample recipes, Deceptively Delicious does not. I am also curious to see if The Sneaky Chef cookbook shares nutritional data on each of the recipes. If I’m putting forth this much effort into adding nutrition to my kid’s diet, I’d like to know if it’s truly making a difference.
For example, if I add 1/2 cup of pureed cauliflower to a recipe which makes 8-10 servings, is one tablespoon of cauliflower in my kid’s banana bread really more nutritionally beneficial than a daily multi vitamin?
This will be interesting.
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