One of my awesome sisters, Melissa, (who is 'coordinator of preventive cardiology' at the U of U hospital), bought me this amazing cookbook for Christmas in 2007. Jessica Seinfield is the author and she gives ideas on how to basically hide vegetables and fruits in your recipes. I was super excited to use it, but 2 days after that Christmas was the day we found out Matthew had died, so needless to say, the project of learning new healthy recipes went on the back burner for me.
Until... a couple of days ago! I pulled it out again and started reading. The more I read, the more I got excited about trying the recipes out and cooking more healthy food for my family. I didn't have a lot of the vegetable purees the cookbook called for, but I did find the recipe for this chicken that calls for a pineapple puree:
Please believe that these looked better than this picture! I remembered that I had some frozen sauce for my Mandarin Chicken in the freezer. This is a sauce that I finally figured out I am the only one who likes it! (Just ask Shauna, I made the chicken for her family once and her girls didn't like it, either!) So, I whipped up this chicken, marinated in pineapple, tomato, and peppers and covered in coconut and whole wheat bread crumbs. Everyone, even Tommy, loved it! (For those of you that do not know Tommy, he is my toughest critic and a very picky eater.) Putting it on a skewer made it extra fun.
I was very encouraged, so the next morning I made these muffins:
I admit, these wouldn't win at the 4-H fair event- not a great muffin top! I need to work on the mixing. BUT, they have pureed carrots, banana, peanut butter, and whole wheat flour (freshly ground) in them! Super healthy and very filling! These were a 'no' for Rebecca, but I scored a winner again for Tommy! Again, I have to prove that these were good- here's Tommy enjoying his muffin:
I think having more vegetables wet his appetite for even more- at lunchtime, he actually grabbed a celery stick and ATE IT! I tried to get a picture for proof, and I think you can see a little bit of the green stuff by his mouth... it's true- he ate a celery stick!
So, after that I was hooked. I went to the grocery store and bought cauliflower, broccoli, squashes, spinach, sweet potatoes, and beans, brought them home and commenced steaming and pureeing them! Essentially, making baby food. I've had fun since then sneaking these items into scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese! Anyhow, I just wanted to recommend the book, some of you probably already have one. So far the recipes are really outstanding and very kid (and husband) friendly! The extra veggies and beans and fruits in the recipes make everything moist and delicious! One more thing I took a picture of are these: chocolate chip cookies (with a whole can of chick peas in them!)... my family actually liked these better than the regulars we make! Happy cooking out there!