Wednesday, July 09, 2008

MUST Have!

Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry, was on Oprah yesterday. This lady has 3 kids, a job, and a husband who is part of the Hollywood "elite", yet SHE cooks healthy meals for her family. I'm impressed!

Jessica tired of trying to get her kids to eat vegetables at every meal, so she developed low-fat recipes for all their favorite foods using pureed vegetables. She even puts veggies into all of her baked goods. BRILLIANT!

As the mother of a son with an overactive gag reflex, I've come up with a few things that are similar to her ideas. Homemade spinach or carrot pasta is always a hit here. Plus, I've been putting ground zucchini in my cakes for years. Lately, I've been adding flax seed to most of my baked goods. Jessica expands on my piddly recipes to the nth degree.

Z has always been receptive to trying different vegetables, but most of them don't make it down his throat. Lately, he's expressed the desire to find new ways for him to eat veggies. Voila, along comes Deceptively Delicious! You can bet that this book will be in my next Amazon order! Thanks Jessica!

26 Comments:

At 7/09/2008 7:54 PM, Blogger VV said...

I'd heard about this book but hadn't reviewed it yet. Let me know how the recipes taste and I might get a copy for our house.

 
At 7/09/2008 8:30 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

But what about asparagus? Can you disguise that?

 
At 7/09/2008 8:49 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

my son hated all vegetables and would gag until he had saag paneer.

Now he will gobble up anything green with reckless abandon.

 
At 7/09/2008 10:08 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

I lived with a chef who used to get his kids to eat veggies that way.

And you'd be amazed what you can hide in spaghetti sauce!

 
At 7/09/2008 10:09 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

WC, I can! TONS OF WINE!

 
At 7/10/2008 2:10 AM, Blogger SME said...

Her tactics sound much more effective than my own of just waiting for the Vegetable Muse to strike. Out of nowhere, the Muse will send me a message like, "Psst! Make carrot sticks! Demi will eat them!" But the Vegetable Muse is a fickle bitch and doesn't always help me out...

Alan once commented that people have to be come become more honest when they have children. HA! I told him he obviously has not tried to feed a kid veggies. I mean, Jerry's wife has stealth-feeding down to a science...

 
At 7/10/2008 6:49 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

That sounds like a great book. The girls hate trying new veggies and bri is the same way the gag reflex and she's only four...

 
At 7/10/2008 6:50 AM, Blogger Jeannie said...

My kids weren't much for cooked veggies but loved raw veggies - I'd serve them with salad dressing as dip. I'd also hide a lot of veggies in pasta sauces or make cream of whatever soup.

 
At 7/10/2008 4:16 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, will do! ;)

WC, asparagus is too pricey to disguise. My guys don't like it, but SME and I love it!

Hammer,Z actually likes quite a few vegetables. The only problem is a lot of them won't go down his throat, especially pea skins and lettuce. :(

Bridg, Jessica said that about spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, and meatballs. Why didn't I think of that? ;)

SME, Vegetable Muse...you crack me up! Unfortunately, Dems eats a LOT like your brother. :(
Alan speaks like a true bachelor! He shoulda seen me sneaking eggs into your omelets when you were little. ;)
I'll bet I can get YOU to eat beets with some of the recipes from this book!
Have you noticed that you really talk like a Mom now? mwahahahaha

Tweets, I'll share some recipes with you when I get it.

Jeannie, I've got one kid that would hardly touch meat, and lived on salads and veggies. Then we had Z, our carnivore that won't hardly eat veggies.
Cream soups work like a charm with Z! I just have to finely chop all the veggies.

 
At 7/10/2008 4:23 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, I'll bet I can get Dad to eat spinach this way too. She puts spinach in her brownies, and you KNOW that Dad will eat ANYTHING in a brownie!

 
At 7/10/2008 8:23 PM, Blogger SME said...

The thought of spinich brownies makes me gag, but I bet they're not half-bad.

 
At 7/10/2008 9:29 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I thought you'd eat spinach in anything?! ;)
Beets, on the other hand....

 
At 7/11/2008 8:34 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Yeah, but does Jerry eat it?

 
At 7/11/2008 10:30 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Beets?EWWWWWWWWWWW there is not enough wine in the world to get me to eat those things...our dogs, however, got lots of them when I was a kid ;) !!

 
At 7/11/2008 1:49 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

I saw Jessica on a show awhile ago - I don't remember which one - and like you, was duly impressed.

Also like you, I've been sneaking the veggies in for years. Spaghetti sauce - as BJ notes -is an easy place to put them. And soups/stews. But baking with them, yeah, genius.

Gladly now my kids like veggies and are trying new ones every week.

I do understand Z's gag reflex. I had it to. I can still feel the gagging, eye-bulging moments at the dinner table of my youth. But it wasn't always veggies. My mom's not a very good cook. Ha!

WC, asparagus can run but it can't hide. Eventually, even if it's eaten in disguise it makes its presence known, if you know what I mean. Ha. But hey, who cares if you can get it down in the first place, right?

Tshs: ANYTHING in a brownie. Hmmm.....maybe a couple of THOSE brownies and any veggie will be just plain fun, dude....hehehe

 
At 7/11/2008 5:14 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZF, Jerry says that he wants her brownies for his last meal on earth.

Bridg, beets are GOOD! L and I love them, but the kids hate them. SME LOVES beet greens, but won't touch a beet with a 10 ft pole. ;)

Cherie, from the moment Z started eating solid food, we had vomit on the dinner table EVERY night! We finally gave up feeding him the foods that caused that reaction. We thought he was faking it until I took him to the dentist for the first time. The dentist said that this is an actual physical disorder. Z has to be gassed at the dentist just to have the instruments in his mouth. :(

I thought the same thing about the brownies. Jerry and Oprah were in ecstasy eating those brownies. I started wondering what Jessica's "secret" ingredient was. *giggle*

 
At 7/11/2008 9:23 PM, Blogger SME said...

I don't hafta eat beets. You can't make me. ;P

 
At 7/12/2008 1:04 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Wanna bet?

 
At 7/12/2008 6:40 PM, Blogger SME said...

NO. 'Cause you'll sneak it into my stirfry or something. ;D

 
At 7/12/2008 6:47 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

How 'bout chocolate cake?

 
At 7/12/2008 8:40 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Hmmm... Spinach is just not the kinda green I want in my brownies! ;)

My mom never had a hard time getting us to eat our veggies, I don't think any of us have ever met a vegetable we didn't like.

 
At 7/13/2008 7:51 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, spinach is cheaper! ;P

My kids are total opposites when it comes to food: SME's a vegan, and Z's a carnivore.
As you can see, the only veggie SME won't eat is beets.

 
At 7/14/2008 8:18 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

I'm going to check that one out. How marvelous.

 
At 7/14/2008 1:47 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, I can't wait to get it!

 
At 7/22/2008 6:11 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Hmmmmmmm - I used to make a wonderful squash pie that the kids thought was pumpkin pie....oooohhhaaaaaaaaahahah

Zuchini and rhubarb breads - yes! Grandson is too observant for me to pass off berries mushed in shakes...

I like vegetables a lot - but rest of family acts like I'm trying to poison them...

I remember my mother grinding up onions so my sister would not know they were in her food - but she would break out every time so she

 
At 7/22/2008 7:06 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Gardenia, guess what? My Dad worked in a canning factory when he was a kid. He said that at least a fourth of the "pumpkin" was actually squash.

 

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