It's time for Shannon's fun giveaway carnival. I am offering a new copy of Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook.
Have you ever tried to get your children to eat more vegetables? Maybe they eat green beans, but would never think of ingesting a beet or piece of cauliflower, or a deep orange winter squash. Jessica Seinfeld noticed the same problem and was determined to fix it. One day as she was pureeing some butternut squash for her baby, and simultaneously making some macaroni and cheese for her older children, she noticed that the colors were the same and simply stirred some into the mac and cheese, and no one was the wiser.
All of these recipes employ these simple purees (that you can make in large batches early in the week). By reading the recipes, I'm sure that you could figure out some ways to deceptively add some nutrition into other favorite recipes. For example, when I was growing up my mom always added tomato sauce instead of water to the ground beef with the store-bought taco seasonings. It wasn't done for nutrition. We liked the taste and texture better, but the added benefit is something I've recognized as I made the dish the same way for my family.
These recipes are not simply kid-fare. All of the recipes are kid-tested and she claims that they are winners in her family, but if you have a problem eating the number of veggies you would like, or your husband is a complete carnivore, these would definitely work for you as well. My one problem is that I would not like to see parents rely completely on this method, nor is this what Jessica Seinfeld advocates. She continues dishing up the vegetables, but if they are refused, she knows that they will at least get some additional vitamins and fiber from the hidden purees.
The cookbook is spiral-bound, which is always handy when trying to consult a cookbook while actually cooking.
If you'd like to win, please leave a comment (U.S. shipping addresses only). Make sure that your comment is either linked to a blog or your email address is included in your google profile, or you leave your address in the comment. I will draw the winner on November 4. If I have no way to contact you, I will draw another winner.
Be sure to check out my reviews (and giveaways) at 5 Minutes for Mom this week too. I have a great parenting book, ScreamFree Parenting, and a practical guide to cancer, Any Day with Hair is a Good Hair Day.