My mother in law recently gave this book to me and I was excited to try it. I had wanted to do some "sneaky chef" type stuff because my kids, especially my three year old, hates almost all vegetables. It's hard enough to get them on the table sometimes in an appetizing way- even for Eric and I- not to mention getting the kids to actually eat them! So, I hoping this will get us all eating more of what we should be eating.
According to Jessica Seinfeld, the first step to deceiving your way to a healthy, kid friendly meal, is to make all the vegetables ahead of time and freeze them in 1/2 cup portions. Never having actually tried any of these recipes, I bought $40.00 worth of vegetables and spent the afternoon steaming, roasting, and pureeing twenty-some bags of vegetables. Later on I thought, gee, maybe I should have just done a couple bags and tried the recipes to see if they actually worked... But no, I'm an all or nothin' kind of girl!
For dinner, I made flat bread pizzas. The secret ingredient: pureed spinach. The verdict: EXCELLENT! This one's a success for us! I especially loved that I could put anchovies and olives on my individual pizza without hearing, "my slice tastes fishy- gross!!". It was probably the easiest recipe in the book, but I took pride as my son (after trying to scrap off the spinach) told me it was a very good pizza. Of course, we had to reassure him that the green stuff was just part of the sauce and it doesn't taste like anything (not a lie). After a bit of wining, he finally took a few bites and had to agree it was good- despite the appearance of green bits in the sauce. I hoping the chicken nuggets I am making tomorrow have the same effect. They are made with pureed sweet potato! I will fill you in on the progress of the twenty-some meals I will be making with the secret ingredients in my freezer ;)