Favorite Thing #4: Deceptively Delicious Cookbook

by Kelsey Norwood

in Stuff I Love


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!


1 Stephanie January 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I’ve heard good things about this sneaking veggies into other foods. Luckily my kids aren’t picky eaters and I don’t have to work that hard! ;)

2 Heather April 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I love it!

When young I hated eating my vegies, as I got older I have aquired a taste and liking for most.

Still not a lover of assparagus!

I wonder if choped in my macaroni and cheese would change my mind?

Great idea for children but might work for me just for the goodnes contrived from the vegetables.


3 Nikki September 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

This is awesome, funny though my bookstore here in Toronto, Ontario Canada say they cannot even order it in – boo hoo! I’ll have to do international shipping from Amazon instead.

This is not only good for the kiddies… a friend of my suffers from a very active Chrones disease which affects teh digestive tract and struggles with ways to eat “normal” foods that don’t get caught and send her thoguh days of pain in trying to digest so I plan to order two of these books so she can adapt these tricks and get her vitamins in!!

Thanks so much … and what’s with the name Sienfeld – hahah… is she related??

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