January 5, 2010
Love this book - it works!
this cookbook for so many reasons. Have several cookbooks that base
their recipes on purees. Like this one because the purees are flexible
and varied. Most of the recipes have turned out vary well.
the choclate chip bean cookies now, although using pecans instead of
walnuts. The cookies have proved popular with even non health food
eating people! However, I did change the recipe a little in that I chop
the beans after draining them. By the time one chops them some are
rather mushed but that works out just fine.
Family also loves the
avocado choc pudding an unlikely combination but really works. We
process it until almost smooth. Husband likes a little bit of texture
Have found breading recipes don't work as well as hoped.
Spinach in brownies, great disguise! Turned out more like fudge though. Very moist and dense.
some of the muffins. Peanut butter Jam muffins were great. Made with
almond butter. The "jam" I used was simply dried apricots soaked
overnight and then pureed. No sugar added so lots of nutrition as well
Note: the cream cheese centered muffins/cupcakes
are nicknamed "ugly muffins" in our house. Taste great (and I reduce
the sugar as I so in most recipes) but the spinach is very visible.
Tends to separate out and be in a layer after the baking and the color
is horrible. Hence the nickname ugly muffins. But my son is picky
about texture and taste so if can get one bite in and it tastes good we
are ok. Anyway, we like them and so many veggies in one sweet treat!
son is picky enough that he doesn't eat most of the items used to
disguise the other items. Example: He doesn't eat mac and cheese! But
this recipe book has enough ideas that I have found new ways to sneak
his veggies in.
He is 3.5 and now knows I sneak them. He has a choice to eat them straight or disguised and always chooses disguised.
the way, we did everything by the books to start him right, including
eating a wide variety of things when nursing and pregnant and
introducing him to a wide variety of foods as a beginning eater.
Hopefully he will outgrow this pickiness but for right now I am just
concerned that he gets his nutrition.
So my motto is never let a
desert go wasted - make them all count with disguised veggies! No his
diet is not made up of deserts, but they are certainly a great place to
increase his veggie intake.
One of my favorite things about this
book, in comparison to others of this genre, is the flexibility of
purees in given recipes. Also, it is a beautiful cookbook! I, too, am
convinced some of these recipes simply don't work and try to imagine
that they were actually tested before published. But so many great
recipes that do work for us that they more than make up for the ones
that don't work!