I have thumbed through Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook a number of times. I was intrigued with the concept and yet I wondered if I had the time. The concept: puree vegetables and fruits and then sneak a 1/2 cup or so of a puree into everyday dishes your kids eat. Your kids get their vegetables and you lessen the guilt and stress around food.
My girls are 3 and 18 months. Up until 6 months ago I didn't think we had much of a food issue in the house. Charlotte (3) ate everything. Then, she turned 3 and started having LOTS of opinions. To be fair she really does do a good job with food, but she's definitely shying away from things she used to eat with gusto- like vegetables.
I decided to give some of the Deceptively Delicious recipes a try. What could it hurt and I was interested in expanding my repertoire of basic kid-friendly foods. I might love to give scallops and beef daube a try, but the kids really aren't going to eat much- yet. I do serve it to them. I just don't insist they eat it. I'm all about exposure with occasional pressure to taste new things.
I wasn't completely sold on the whole concept. I never made my own baby food- too much work. Would this be a lot of work? But, the first time I served a dish- the french toast- and I watched the girls gobble down their french toast knowing they were getting a serving of vegetables- I was secretly thrilled.
I didn't plan to blog each post or post the recipes. Instead, I thought I'd just give a little summary of what I tried this spring and what we thought.
French Toast- butternut squash puree. Kids- Loved it. Me-Loved it!
Scrambled Eggs- cauliflower puree. Kids- Loved it. Me-meh.
Mac and Cheese 1- butternut squash puree. Who knew 3 year olds already know that mac and cheese must be elbow pasta. Charlotte already declared the dish wrong upon sight. I was trying to use up the pasta I had. Mistake. I'll try again with elbow pasta.
Banana Bread- cauliflower puree. I didn't bake it long enough so it wasn't cooked through and it didn't rise. Flop! However, the girls had helped me make it and kept pestering me for some. I tore off pieces of the top and they loved it.