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Bargain Basement Bossy: Deceptively Delicious.

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Have you ever known a child with a selective palette? Do you know a kid who won’t eat green things? How about the kid who won’t eat autumnal foods or raw foods or boiled stuff or anything with sauce or nuts or a piece of fruit that doesn’t contain the letter ‘z’?

That’s too bad because Bossy never met such a child. But for the rest of you there’s a new cookbook that may help.

If you missed Oprah yesterday then you probably don’t know that Deceptively Delicious is the brainchild of Jessica Seinfeld, founder and president of a non-profit organization. Oh yeah, she’s also the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Her concept is simple: sneak smashed broccoli into chicken nuggets, and liquid spinach into brownies. Seinfeld contends the kids won’t know the difference!

The trick lies in hiding vegetable purees—like butternut squash, cauliflower, beets, and carrots—in your kids’ favorite foods. It’s as easy as being one of those types who owns a vegetable steamer and a food processor: peel and chop the desired veggie and steam until softened. Then puree in a food processor and store the stuff in individual plastic bags in the refrigerator. Use in recipes.

In an effort to be extra stealth, Seinfeld matches the color of the puree to the food she is preparing: chocolate cake with beets, oatmeal raisin cookies with zucchini, and mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Not only are these recipes hyped to deliver much needed nutritional value, they’re low in fat. Now if only there were a food processor large enough to puree bath time.







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Baby Milo

Or just give them a multi-vitamin... not very hard there.

aneeda

true dat

Liana

My mom would have LOVED this sort of thing when I was little. I was SUCH a picky eater. Supposedly, when I was too young to remember, I would only eat burgers if it was ONLY the beef patty and the bun. I also would end up eating meals largely of bread, taking only the smallest amount of required bites of anything else...too bad the bread didn't have veggies baked into it...but I turned out okay in the end...I think?
Anyway, I think it's a good idea :) Though my mom also used counting games and other tactics to make sure we at least had SOMETHING nutritious.

Amy H

sounds like a good idea. I tivo'd the show yesterday so I will have to be sure to watch. I made all of Avery's baby food when she was an infant, so I have the whole puree thing down.

I asked this in the last post but think I was too late to get an answer. This is an innocent question, just curious: Does Bossy always refer to herself in the 3rd person? If so, why?

again, innocent question because I am not familiar with the reasoning.

AmyC65

Milo - From watching the show, the Dr. that backed up the puree thinking was explaining that kids have over 3x the taste-buds that adults do, and their palettes are very finicky. They need to be taught to like foods that don't immediately please the palette. So introducing the flavors in subtle ways, then telling the kids (eventually) what is in there will help lead to them eating the veggies "straight". It's wrong to assume that as kids age they will just acquire tastes for more grownup foods.

Also, if your kids ever struggle with weight problems, they need to be taught to "fill up" on produce more than pastas and fats, which can't be taught with a vitamin.

Miss Britt

Whatever happened to:

"Eat your vegetables!"

"No!"

"OK, go hungry"

"Mooooooooooooom"

"Yeah, I know, I suck. Eat your vegetbales."

??

tunie

Here's my way to sneak in pumpkin (which even I don't like). Mix a can of pumpkin (the soup size can) with a chocolate cake mix. That's it - no other ingredients. Scoop into a muffin pan and bake like they are cupcakes. They are SUPER moist and you can't even taste the pumpkin.

Lori

I bought the book yesterday and I like it! Seems like a great way to make food healthier for the entire family, not just the kids.

Laura Owen Chalfont, PA

Um, yeah, and if I had a maid, nanny, personal assistant and personal chef, I'd be into that too. BTW, significant other is to appear next week to plug his animated film. Do ya' think Jerry may have negotiated a plug for his better half to appear on Oprah first? No, that would be too deceptive.............

justzoot

My mom was hip to this when I was a kid. I remember her always putting the onions in the blender if Uncle Paul was coming over and she was making spaghetti. He always said she made the best sauce. And swore he hated onions.

My mom was also creative about making the bitter-type veggies "fun" with cheese sauce or fried bacon bits, or calling broccoli "trees" and cauliflower "brains". We're all veggie lovers as adults.

justzoot

My mom was hip to this when I was a kid. I remember her always putting the onions in the blender if Uncle Paul was coming over and she was making spaghetti. He always said she made the best sauce. And swore he hated onions.

My mom was also creative about making the bitter-type veggies "fun" with cheese sauce or fried bacon bits, or calling broccoli "trees" and cauliflower "brains". We're all veggie lovers as adults.

justzoot

(sorry for the double-post)

heels

Is it just me, or does the phrase "liquid spinach" immediately give anyone else a sloshy stomach?

P

I'm sorry but hiding beets and squash in chocolate is just wrong. That's like defiling the chocolate. :)

BOSSY

Dear Amy H: Bossy may annoy some people with her third person shtick but trust her: She's all the rage with the ventriloquists.

BaltimoreGal

@Miss Britt: Whatever happened to: "Eat your vegetables!"

I had a brother so grossed out by vegetables and so stubborn that he actually threw up AT THE TABLE a number of times- he was not a baby at that point. He also got so backed up he had be forced to take mineral oil. If my mom had been able to afford a food processor she totally would have done what JS is doing.

Of course, NOW he eats salads all the time. But he's in his 30s.

deb

As if Seinfeld's kids weren't going to have to have enough therapy because of having a whining dad, now they'll spend thousands of bucks on how their mother was such a liar she wrote a book and taught OTHER MOTHERS how to lie. Poor little guy(s). And/or girl(s). (I'm too lazy to look it up.)

Amy H

Bossy: no, no, not annoyed. Just wondering if that was how you always write because I am not familiar with your work. Like I said, innocent question just because I didn't know. :-)

Maddy

Huh! I know and have tried them all. I suspect the book will be a best seller if they provide a free peg [for the child to wear on their nose] and free blindfold - I wonder if I should contact her promoters?
Cheers

All Adither

That sounds like a lot of work.

All Adither

I don't like work.

Martha

Maddy--

I work at a bookstore and we sold out...

and had some irate Oprah-philes on our hands. People who knew neither the name, title, or the fact that the cookbook was designed for kids, just the fact that it was on Oprah and was by "That Seinfeld woman, Jerry Seinfeld's wife...I think her name is Jennifer? You know, she was on Oprah!"

*sigh*

Susan

I was so picky as a kid that I ordered hot dogs, "cut the chili and weinie." I promise. Just a bun and mustard. I existed for most of my first 18 years on an approved vegetable list of canned asparagus, carrots (not, not, not canned!), and canned green beans. Now I produce recipes trying to convince parents to cook veggies for kids. Go figure.

Worrying about kids' pickiness is probably another example of a problem that will almost certainly solve itself over time if mealtime doesn't become a war zone. Of course, then there is always the parental guilt thing. Sighhh.

nutmeg

Maybe if we pureed G.W. Bush he would go down a little easier too.

jenB

Hey! I wrote about this the day before. Great minds! I think it is a great idea, regardless if it is Jerry's wife. or if She was on Oprah. I have had the book for a couple of weeks. Read it before you judge. She still encourages the presentation of vegetables at EVERY MEAL. What is wrong with supplementing people's veggie intake? I am diabetic and this is certainly a good way to cut down on sugar and fat, which is helpful. I think she is lovely. Like Bossy.

pkzcass

I've had spinach in chocolate cake. Not good.

I only ate peas as a kid. Now I love all veggies. Go figure.

DDM

I am really anxious to get the book! My kiddo has special needs and significant sensory issues which makes for a teeny-tiny repertoire of foods that won't make him toss his cookies onto the dinner table. If he sees broccoli on my plate, he's gagging. I love the idea behind this book.

Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You

That's a really cool concept. Of course, my kids are so damned nosey, they'd be all "uhh, mom - what's THAT????" and I'd have to say it was...

hey, wait a minute...

I DO have a baby - so I COULD say it's baby food!

Wait a minute more....

Couldn't i just buy the big kids baby food and throw it in that way, saving the whole "steaming, chopping, pureeing" for gerber???

K

Or, you could teach your children to "help" you cook.

They'll eat almost anything if they help make it.

Of course, it takes longer when they help (and longer to clean up too).




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