How to cook deceptively healthy delicious food
Mother-of-three (and wife of TV funny man Jerry Seinfeld) Jessica stumbled upon her idea of camouflaging pureed vegies in her kids' meals by accident. Worn out by the constant nagging at her children to eat their veggies that turned every meal into a battleground, Jessica decided to mix some of the baby's pureed butternut pumpkin in with the macaroni cheese for her older children. The colour and texture matched, and careful to not allow the vegie to overpower the cheese flavour while still adding a respectable portion, she set her creation on the table and held her breath. ‘It worked!' says Jessica in her book, Deceptively Delicious, ‘The kids, entirely innocent of my deceit, ploughed happily through their dinners. It was the first meal in a very long time during which I hadn't said “Eat your vegetables". I have not uttered the dreaded phrase since.'
While it would be wonderful if children were born with a taste for vegetables, the reality is that for many parents, ensuring their kids eat nutritious, healthful meals can be a source of great anxiety. As any parent knows, it is virtually impossible to force a child to eat a food they don't want to, and just makes their aversion to it greater. What to do? With a little loving deception, Jessica's recipes let parents feed their children the healthful foods their growing bodies need, while giving them what they want at the same time.
With tips on pureeing and freezing, as well as nutritional information, Deceptively Delicious is packed with kid-friendly recipes including tacos, chicken nuggets, pizza, pancakes and brownies. Each meal is easy and fast to make, while still remaining nutritionally sound.
Jessica's sneaky tips include:
- Cauliflower, butternut pumpkin and carrot blend easily into recipes. Try cauliflower in mashed potato or banana bread, butternut in macaroni cheese, carrot in muffins.
- Include one visible and different vegetable at each meal, to get your kids used to seeing and eating them ‘au naturale'.
- Serve food for kids in individual courses so they don't just focus on one food and leave the rest on their plate. For example, start with vegie batons and dip, followed by fish or chicken nuggets, followed by steamed green beans, and then a small amount of pasta.
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This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.