My sister-in-law, Amy, gave me the book Deceptively Delicious for Christmas (THANK YOU, Amy!) As soon as I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah with her ingenious ideas for hiding veggies in everyday foods, I knew I wanted the book. I love the challenge of trying to make healthy foods and I loved the dash of mystery in dumping in a veggie puree. I couldn't wait to try some recipes.
I started adding finely diced raw carrot to my spaghetti sauce. Today I made the greek dip with chick peas and artichoke hearts. It turned out really well. (I am trying to have different dips with fresh veggies around to snack on instead of always reaching for chips.) Then, I added pureed squash to Becca's bean and cheese quesadillas. She never knew what hit her. Neither did John. And, actually I really cheated and just used store bought babyfood squash (same thing as me pureeing it myself, right? And a whole lot easier than dealing with a butternut squash in my tiny food processor.)
But, then.....duh duh duuuuuuuuuh....I tried making some sort of healthy cookie with zucchini and banana purees. I put in chocolate chips instead of the raisins they call for. And.....hooooo boy are they ever gross. The banana part tastes great and the zucchini part doesn't seem to have much flavor, but I think it was the whole wheat flour part that just tastes like crap. I don't think I really like whole wheat flour in baked goods. So, the verdict is still out on the cookies. Next time I'll try using white flour and then I'll let you know!
I definitely recommend the cookbook. I plan to incorporate some kind of veggie puree into a couple meals a week. I figure that will boost our health without too much hassle!
Dear Conflicted Conservatives in Alabama,
22 hours ago