My mom got my sister and I this cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld, who developed the recipes after enduring constant battles with her children to eat their vegetables. She says in the introduction that the idea for this cookbook came about when she was making a sweet potato puree for the baby and macaroni and cheese for the older kids. She just threw some of the sweet potatoes into the macaroni and cheese…the kids loved it! They had no idea that they were eating their disgusting, healthy vegetables!
This cookbook starts out teaching you how to make vegetable purees, explaining nutritional guidelines for children, and identifying the health benefits of most fruits and vegetables.
Each recipe in the book includes some sort of vegetable puree to allow your family to eat healthy foods without suffering from the taste. Many recipes list several options for vegetable purees to provide a little variation in taste and nutritional content. The mealtime recipes include many of those staples that families tend to eat often like soups, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti.
In addition to mealtime recipes, breakfast and dessert recipes are also included, each with a healthy surprise ingredient that you can’t even taste. Along with the recipes are pages and pages of household hints, mealtime tips, and parenting pointers.
I try to eat healthy but I confess…there are some vegetables that I find totally disgusting. I find that we eat the same vegetables all the time like peas, carrots, corn, and broccoli. I’m looking forward to adding some of those other vegetables with extra special stuff like antioxidants. (Apparently beets are a great source of antioxidants and folic acid…)
This is my favorite cookbook! I’m looking forward to trying all the recipes and tricking my family into eating healthy. They’ll thank me when they’re older!