Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

Should We Hide, or Not Hide, Veggies in Kids’ Food?


I love the cookbook Deceptively Delicious. Jessica Seinfeld, the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and a mother of three, shows us how to add vegetables that kids find unappetizing on their own, to foods kids love.

With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld developed a month’s worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She teaches us how to puree vegetables, freeze them, and add them to dishes kids love.

Just some of our favorite recipes from this cookbook include the lasagna with sweet potato and cauliflower puree, macaroni and cheese with added squash, spaghetti and meatballs with pureed carrots, chocolate pudding with avocado puree, and chocolate chip cookies with chick peas.

Of course there are nannies and parents that feel that hiding vegetables in foods is no way to teach kids to eat healthy and learn to love vegetables. For those concerned about the deception of hiding vegetables, I recommend being honest after the kids have enjoyed the recipe the first time. The second time you make the dish from the cookbook that they loved, simply show them you are adding cauliflower, sweet potato, and avocado to the delicious recipe.

But, as a nanny who has worked for many finicky eaters who have refused to eat their vegetables in the past, the recipes in this cookbook with vegetable purees are a God send.

I also love the graphics on the pages and that the cookbook is spiral bound which makes it easy to follow the recipes.

Bottom line: if you need help getting kids to eat vegetables, try the recipes in this book! They taste great and it works!

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

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