Sneaking Vegetables into Your Kids’ Food: A Review of Cookbooks

Here is a very helpful article submitted by Andrea Isom.  If you have any ideas you have found helpful to get your children to eat their vegetables, please leave your comments below:)

Sneaking Vegetables into Your Kids’ Food: A Review of Cookbooks
You may have heard about the cookbook wars between Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian and cultural icon, Jerry Seinfeld, and Missy Chase Lapine, “The Sneaky Chef” of morning-television show fame. Their public battle over plagiarism and egos has been epic and while I usually shun celebrity worship and don’t even allow tabloids in my house to line animal cages, I’m glad I paid attention to this brouhaha because it led me to recipes with wholesome ingredients that my children (and husband will eat). The best part: they all contain vegetables hidden within the recipes.
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld and The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine share the premise that healthy eating means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors. Each author suggests having a selection of different-colored purées handy to sneak into foods of similar color for an added nutrition boost. For example, Lapine adds an “orange purée” make of carrots and sweet potatoes to both homemade macaroni and cheese and also suggests adding it to the boxed variety in a pinch. Similarly, Seinfeld adds a cauliflower and banana purées to baked goods.
Lapine also has a section on which purées to mix into instant foods such as Spaghettios, pre-packaged Jello and even instant hot cocoa.
Both authors suggest that purées be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer in recipe-sized portions so that mealtime isn’t consumed with making the purées.
Each author is a parent and the recipes have passed “kid scrutiny” in their homes and with friends. Each recipe I’ve served has passed muster with my kids (and finicky husband).
The only drawback is that, if you’ve let your purée stashes dwindle—as I so often do—prep time increases by 20 minutes per dish. If your stash is routinely replenished, recipes are quick to prepare—many in under 30 minutes. Each book comes with stellar endorsements too. Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of You: The Owners Manual and You on a Diet has publicly praised Seinfeld, while Lapine’s boasts an endorsement from Arthur Agatston, noted cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet.
Lapine has also written two follow-up books, The Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen!): Hiding Healthy Foods in Hearty Meals Any Guy Will Love and The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 All-New Recipes and “”Sneaky”” Tricks for Creating Healthy Meals Kids Will Love, which includes sections for those with special dietary needs such as food allergies and lower-calorie fare.
Each author has a blog and website with additional recipes and tips: and

Thanks Andrea!

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