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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I love Seinfeld! (the OTHER Seinfeld!)

I'm not a fan of the Seinfeld TV show. Not my thing. I don't get it and I rarely laugh. It's probably just me, but I'd much rather watch 30 Rock...or read a Philosophy book.

But, guess what. I am a fan of his wife's book Deceptively Delicious! It's a cook book that helps you get your little ones to eat more fruits and veggies (and they don't even know it!). Who doesn't love that, right?

Jessica Seinfeld (the more talented of the Seinfelds), sneaks fruits and veggies into recipes by creating purees using a steamer and a blender. It's pretty easy. For example, my kids LOVE Macaroni and Cheese. But have you ever looked at the ingredients on a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese? Not much in that box is nutritious. And the cheese isn't usually even real cheese (it's what we in the biz call "Franken-Cheese"...whatever "the biz" means). So one way to add some veggies to your Mac and Cheese is to steam a head of cauliflower for several minutes and then blend it all up (using the water from the steamer). Once it is blended, you can either add some of it to the Mac and Cheese right away, or you can freeze it and add some of it later. Why cauliflower? Because the kids won't even notice it as cauliflower is white and blends right in! Genius. You should, however, introduce the new taste gradually, as too much will tip the kids off as kids have the nose of a bloodhound and the taste buds of a...well, something that has strong taste buds.

Jessica has several other recipes as well, that are all pretty good. And once you get the hang of things, you can just start creating your own! There is some prep time involved, but how about adding some carrot puree to your spaghetti sauce? Or maybe some sweet potato puree into your pancakes or waffles?

And if you think that Jessica has made enough money already (via her moderately funny husband) and would rather not throw more her way...check out The Sneaky Chef instead. Some reviews suggest tastier recipes in there, but both look great to me!

Has anyone out there tried either of these books? Or have you perhaps done fruit and veggie puree on you own? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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