I received a book at Christmas time that has proven to be a nutritional gold mine for our family. Not just a cookbook but an entirely different way of thinking about the way my family eats. The book? Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. This book has teaches the use of deception to enhance the nutritional value of your families meals while lessening the meal time battles.
One of my goals is to feed my family better food. Unfortunately, my kids and husband do not necessarily have the goal of eating better food. So, what is a mom to do? Do I battle it out at every meal to get a few bites of spinach or carrots into them? Not this mom, I value a peaceful mealtime too much for that. So, when my friend PJ gave this as a Christmas gift, I knew I had hit the jackpot. And as an added blessing, PJ even provided a starter set of vegetable purees so that there wouldn’t be any excuse to not try it.
My first experiment was to add pureed cauliflower to a soup that I make in the crockpot. The purees that PJ gave me were frozen into ice cube size portions so all I had to do was throw 2 of them into the crockpot with the soup recipes and it added the nutrition of 1/2 cup of cauliflower and didn’t change the taste at all. I didn’t tell John or the kids what I was doing and I just sat back and observed what was happening. Everyone ate the soup just like normal and I even received compliments on how good it was. Success!!
After the initial success, I began looking for new ways to add the purees to my existing recipes. I added spinach puree to spaghetti sauce and sweet potato puree to sloppy joes. No one could tell that it was added in there!! I am so super excited that I can add vitamins to my families meals without a battle. Today I am making my regular mac & cheese recipe but I am planning to add cauliflower puree to it and see what happens. It is like a little game to see if I can be sneaky without getting caught. If you are looking for a way to increase your children’s intake of veggies, try this cookbook or atleast try to add some secret vegetables to what you already cook. I bet they won’t even be able to tell a difference.