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Oct 9, 2007 09:34 AM

Jessica Seinfeld & Deceptively Delicious

Has anyone try any of the recipes on this book? I am very very cusious. Can spinach brownie really still taste like brownies?

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  1. The whole idea of that book is silly to me, parents need to get on a program to get their kids to eat right without hiding it. On the other hand looking for new ways to use vegetables I am never opposed to. I have used applesauce to make brownies as a subsitute for sugar, good but not great.

    1. I just pureed some spinach, and I'm amazed by how good it tastes. No salt added either!

      1. As an adult who doesn't have to worry about cooking for kids, I rather have vegetable dishes not masked in flour and sugar. But I do think that purees can make things more moist and taste better, as well as add a nutritional value. So if you are going to have a cookie or brownie, may as well add a puree. My favorite hamburger has beets in it.

        1. Oh dear, not a good idea to fool with the truth if people are gonna put it into their bodies.
          I don't think you'd deceive a relative stranger (casual dinner guest) (might have allergies, religious convictions)--so don't deceive your very own child. Has anyone got the book? Are the hidden vegetable amounts significant? Are they put into otherwise unhealthy foods? Why teach kids that vegetables should be pureed and stirred into chocolate?
          Oprah knows better. It's hard to believe Jessica Seinfeld is so clueless.

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          1. re: BangorDin

            Seinfeld also said that she always put vegetables on the plate so the children don't think they don't have to eat vegetables, but she puts them in the food to supplement what the children eat. It's not a bad idea. I would think it gets them used to a certain taste, and as they get older and their palate expands, some of those vegetables will probably taste good and somewhat familiar to them I actually don't have any young kids but I hate vegetables and I'm thinking it might be a good idea for me.

            1. re: BangorDin

              I didn't see her on Oprah, and haven't seen the book, so this is only hearsay. I heard that a principle from the book was to serve the veggies as veggies alongside the "surprise." So they get used to seeing the "real veggies" and they get the nutrition on the days they're not letting the veggies pass their lips.

              And as the parent of the pickiest eaters a chowhound should never be inflicted with, I must say the premise is not a bad idea and in fact, I already "hide" veggies as spinach ravioli, pumpkin/carrot/zucchini muffins, etc. (I certainly ask my dinner guests about allergies or other food restrictions/aversions/preferences.) But with my kids who have no allergies and no religious restrictions and are just prejudiced against food outside their comfort zone, we keep trying a variety, and strongly encourage them to at least try everything on their plate (they're 5 and 3, so there's only a certain amount of reasoning we can do). And then they surprise us, which gives us hope for the future -- my 5yo's current favorite meats are chorizo and calamari, and the 3yo only eats chicken nuggets and calamari for meat. "Look! We got squid again!"

              1. re: momjamin

                The New York Times actually had an article about picky eaters yesterday, and it mentioned that many kids eat a variety of foods until they're 2, and then they suddenly stop. Researchers think this is an evolutionary thing which prevents toddlers from eating every new thing they encounter.


                1. re: momjamin

                  As a fellow chowhound also afflicted with a kid (7) who has a picky, impossibly unsophisticated palate despite my efforts, I agree with you momjamin. I think the idea behnd the book is not bad as long as the "real" veggies are served regularly too.

                  My issue is the preparation time - I work - and also that many of the recipes (from her bit on The Today Show - I haven't seen the book yet) appear to be fairly high in calories and while that isn't an issue for my child, I don't like the idea of using veggie infused normally "fattening foods" to get my child to eat more healthily.

                  And yes, my daughter also ate most everything until she was two.


                  1. re: momjamin

                    I realize tht this is a thread that is more than a year old, but let me give you hope.

                    My son refused to eat foods that touched each other. That included pizza (the cheese touched the sauce which touched the crust, etc.).

                    He also refused to eat anything green. He once threw up in a restaurant when I asked him to eat one bit of a green bean.

                    He is now a professional chef with a rather sophisticated palate.

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