In the on-going war with trying to get my kids to eat healthier, I finally resorted to Jessica's Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious. I have yet to use it, but I have perused it. I can report that my kids have yet to eat vegetables by just perusing it. Dang! :(
Seriously, though. It sounds like a great concept. Puree veges and sneak them into food. So what if your mac n cheese is green, the kids will never taste that you put spinach in it! Skimming over the part about she and Jerry making purees together in their kitchen on Sundays . . .with their money, wouldn't they have a cook? Or a butler? But back to the purees, I wondered if I could just go buy a jar of baby food and dump it in my recipe. I mean, it's already pureed, and I didn't even have to do it. Come to find out, there is no pureed cauliflower for babies, and I couldn't seem to find spinach, either. I swear there was spinach when I was spoon feeding my kids.
Needless to say, I have not pureed. Not yet. But my intention is still there.
But here's the funny part.
My kids found the cookbook and looked through it. It also happened to be the same day I made brownies for when they came home from school. Next thing I know, Esther says, "Mom! Did you put carrots in these?"
I seriously had no idea what she was getting at. I wouldn't ruin perfectly good brownies by putting carrots in them. What was she talking about? "What? Why would I do that?"
"Because of that cookbook. Did you put carrots in these? I saw the cookbook, you know."
Then I laughed, because I hadn't done anything with that cookbook other than look at it and see if the store carried pureed cauliflower.
"Nope. No carrots."
Esther eyed me suspiciously, "Are you sure?"
"Very sure," I reassured her. And we all ate brownies happily ever after.
I still have yet to use the cookbook. But I laugh at how my kids were deceptively deluded. Hopefully when I DO use the cookbook, they won't have any clue.