|Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
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It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has 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 also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear?out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that must have the latest sugar bomb cereal.But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long?term effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats,ng time to come.
It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has 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 also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear?out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.
But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long?term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.
Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy?to?read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.
Bob Greene, author of The Best Life Diet:
"I found the techniques for adding vegetables to meals extremely creative and the recipes fantastic! Deceptively Delicious is a must have for your healthy kitchen."
Questions for Jessica Seinfeld
Amazon.com: My seven-year-old inspects the food on his plate like a hawk (if there was a hawk that only ate bagels and macaroni). Anything with the least bit of color goes untouched. What's a mom or dad to do?
Seinfeld: Two of my three children were exactly the same way. The vegetables, which I worked hard to prepare, not only went untouched, they were often insulted ("Eeewww...!"). And the harder I pushed them to eat good food, the harder they pushed back. We were literally ruining each other's meals.
That conflict was the inspiration for the book. I realized I wasn't going to win the power struggle, so I decided to join them on their turf. I started with the foods they would eat (chicken nuggets, tacos, macaroni and cheese) and I added a pureed vegetable of the same color. So if your child only eats macaroni and cheese (or noodles and butter), you should add cauliflower or yellow squash puree, which utterly disappears. Everyone wins: they get the nutrition they need and you get the satisfaction of doing a better job as a parent.
Amazon.com: That same picky second-grader will often try something new one time and declare he likes it, but the next time we serve it, he seems to have lost his spirit of adventure and won't eat it again. Any advice?
Seinfeld: First and foremost, remember that not every meal you prepare for a child will be a success. Kids at this age are naturally testing preferences, pushing boundaries, and changing their minds. That's part of their development and those are urges not worth battling. As I learned the hard way, the more pressure you apply, the more kids will "hate" certain foods. And, while it would be nice if kids had a "spirit of adventure" when it comes to food, I've found it's best to eliminate adventure and stick to the basics--foods they already love, laden with added nutrition they don't know is there. Finally, be consistent, firm and patient. I have a rule in my house: you don't have to eat what's on the plate, but what's on the plate is all that's being served. Eventually, they come around.
Amazon.com: Are your kids interested in cooking yet? Are there ways to introduce healthy eating habits with the child helping in the kitchen?
Seinfeld: My children are interested in baking because they love any excuse to be around sweets. But I make sure whatever we bake has pureed veggies in it and is actually low in refined sugar. So my children actually think baking cakes, brownies, and cookies with sweet potatoes, carrots, or beets is the proper way to cook.
Amazon.com: What are your kids' favorite recipes in the book?
Seinfeld: Every recipe in this book is a favorite. I've tried out countless creations on my kids, and if they didn't love them (which happened frequently!), they didn't make it into the book. But, if pressed, I will say they are crazy about the tacos, the chicken nuggets, the brownies, the pancakes, and my birthday cakes. [See her recipe for delicious brownies made with carrot and spinach.]
Amazon.com: I have to ask it, since I know many readers will: do these recipes require a squad of personal chefs to prepare, or can a busy mom or dad without seven years of Seinfeld residuals put them together by themselves?
Seinfeld: I'm a busy mom with three kids, a job, and a husband who travels constantly, but I'm uncompromising when it comes to my kids' health and nutrition. Leaving that to someone else is out of the question. My parents had three kids and both worked too, and we always managed to eat healthy meals as a family. That's the standard I've always wanted to meet. So when I started creating recipes from my pureed veggie experiments, I had three criteria: my kids had to love the food, the preparation had to be quick, and the process had to be simple. Believe me, if I can do these recipes quickly and easily, ANYONE can.
Amazon.com: How are the reading skills of Sascha, your oldest child and pickiest eater? Have you blown your cover by publishing your secrets?
Seinfeld: My daughter is almost seven and she not only can read, she's fully aware that her mother cooks with vegetables all the time. Two years ago, she was a picky four-year-old who thought she hated vegetables. But once she was converted and started seeing those purees going into the desserts she loves, she started to ignore the fact that they were going into the rest of her foods as well. Now it's the only kind of cooking she knows. So, to anyone with young children--start cooking Deceptively Delicious food when they are young! It's much easier than trying to change habits later on.
- I LOVE this Cookbook!!
I received this cookbook as a gift from my mother, and it has been a total lifesaver for me. I have a very picky husband (a total meat & potatoes- no veggies guy) and a picky toddler to feed. I have been using this cookbook for a month solid- everyday. The comments from my family is that dinner has never been better. Making the purees takes a bit of time once a week, but makes dinner preparation so much faster. I am becoming more brave and adding purees to other recipes. My family, who would not even TOUCH broccoli before have been eating it in puree form in chicken nuggets, chicken soup, beef stew, and so many other things. I reccomend this cookbook for anyone who has picky eaters at home. I actually hide it and they don't know I'm using it- they are none the wiser and what they don't know won't hurt them!! Once you become familiar with it, you can broaden your other recipes as well. I just can't say enough good things about it. ...more info
- Will try the recipies in the future.
Great book. Seems to be really easy to adopt the recipies. I did not try any yet as my baby is only 2,5 months old. ...more info
- great book, great service to get it
It takes time to prepare but once veggies are pureed recipes are a snap and deliciously deceptive!...more info
- Good Encouragement
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who has really enjoyed it. Even aside from the recipes, this book has some good reminders for me about kids and what, when, and how they need to eat.
An example is that often we're out and I forget that my kids really do need to eat on a schedule. I'll stretch them so we can eat when we get home, but what I really need to do is take snacks and sippy cups with us. And I need to be better about doing that.
So, the recipes in this book sound and look great (my friend recommends the donuts and the cupcakes, which I've tasted and were good), but the other dietary information is also encouraging.
And as for the celebrity inference since she's Jerry Seinfeld's wife, I try to forget about it because it bugs me. The value of the cookbook is not because she's someone in particular's wife--rather, the real value of her authorship is that she's a mom of three kids and a husband who all have different likes and dislikes....more info
- tasty results, but only if you have hours for cooking
I hesistatingly purchased this book (TJ Maxx, $6) due to the scandal surrounding rumors of stealing the idea from a "regular" person. Outcome: I've prepared 8 of the recipes and the food does taste good. The only vegetable that does NOT work is spinach since there is no way to cover up the obvious green color. Even though there was no hint of spinach flavor, kids wouldn't eat the food. The prep time is WAY off, grossly underestimated, unless you have your own personal household staff that can prepare pre-measured portion dishes with all the ingredients ready, like you see on morning TV shows. We're a household with two working parents, long commutes and busy schedules. It's impractical to use many of these recipes more than once or twice a week due to the length of time it takes to make these dishes. Double or even triple the total amount of time it says is required. And the drawings and quotes of her kids on the pages are simply annoying - I don't care about Jerry or what her kids think of the food, and doubt anyone else in America does either. It's supposed to be cute, but it doesn't work. A celebrity's wife with her own staff of assistants should not market herself as a regular mom who does it all on her own. ...more info
- Great book!
This cookbook was very helpful. My kids do like their veggies, but this way, they can have just a little more~...more info
- Kids Cookbook Bible
This book is fabulous. I saw it on Oprah and as I live in Australia we don't have anything like this here.
The book is set out beautifully and easy to follow instructions that anyone ( even me ) could follow.
I can recommend this book more highly, whether you have fussy eaters or not. My daughter had such fun going through the book and placing post it notes on all the receipies that she wanted to try.
Prep time for stuff is an hour of your time once you have all the staple ingredients and Jessica has listed them all there for you, it couldn't be easier!!
Do yourself a favour and get this book!! You won't regret it!
- Love most of the recipes
Deceptively Delicious has helped me a lot in integrating veggies in our diet. I also own a juicer and the pulp ends up in one of our meals. I have to be creative and crafty to get the vegetables in our diet in any shape or form without compromising taste. The chocolate chip cookies recipe is a sure hit (Love it and no pureeing involved!). The pureeing part can be tedious. The other recipes like the scrambled eggs with pureed cauliflower was so so. I may try to tweak it a little bit to avoid the grainy taste. Will recommend to anyone who has the time to do all this work. That's why I only gave it a 4....more info
- Cook Book
This is a good way of incorporating vegetables into dishes and baked goods. Interesting recipes included. My only concern is that the vegetable has to be cooked first and pureed, then it is cooked again in whatever recipe is being made, whether baked or fried, so one might lose a lot of the nutrients that the vegetable had to begin with when it was first cooked!...more info
- online airsoft retailer RIP OFF!
I made a purchase with this store thinking I was getting a good deal, unfortunately, I was wrong. I ordered an JG m-4 and one extra clip for $[...] recently. The gun looked like it had been used and was missing a rail screw. The clip was definitely used and does not work properly ( triple feeds ) They sent an H&K when it should have been a Dboy. Customer service made us take pictures. No problem. Said they would sent out new ones. THEY GAVE US A BOGUS TRACKING NUMBER! We Called and called. they hung up on us twice! Barely can speak english. VERY DIFFICULT TO SPEAK WITH ON PURPOSE! They must just be laughing at us Americans all the time! Never again! My young son is heart broken over all this. He used all his Christmas money on these scam artists!! ...more info
- Ignore the negative hype and give this cookbook a try!!
I mainly bought this cookbook for the baking section since I've been adding veggies to most things I cook for years. Baking is so much more precise than regular cooking that I wanted some guidance. Even so I've tried a few of the other recipes and they work really well. I'm fortunate to have a food processor so with a little planning ahead, I can either process enough vegetables for a couple of items or just do them as I need them.
For the recipes I've tried, it's really hard to tell the veggies are in the item. I really liked the brownies as well as several other recipes in the baking section. If one of the recipes doesn't work out the first time, perhaps there was too much liquid in the puree?
A friend of mine made the cake using the cake mix and really liked it. I prefer from scratch so that is one recipe I won't use and I do mostly use organic food and brown rice/noodles. I own shelves of cookbooks and almost all of them has a version of meatloaf so the controversy surrounding this book is most unfortunate IMO. I recommend it for those who want to add more vegetables to their diets, especially if new to the concept. ...more info
- wow - when i'm retired, i'll want to cok this way!
This is inspiring for moms, i'm sure, but for anyone really; just to be sure to get more nutrients. these recipes also add another dimension to food that is intriguing. seriously, when i have more time on my hands, i'm going to love this book! thank you jessica seinfeld for your ideas!...more info
- Not Delicious at All!
I was excited to get this book with a picky eater on my hands. What a let down. How do you feed your kid something you won't even eat? There's nothing in this book that is delicious. The deception is the book itself! ...more info
- Good idea, but the recipes just don't work.
The idea is good, and the recipes sound good, but they just don't work out as stated. As a long-time cook, I have had to "save" every single recipe I've made. I still use this book for ideas, but have adapted the recipes to the point where they are no longer recognizable as the ones in the book. The only recipe I didn't have to adapt so far is the chocolate brownies with avocado. ...more info
- Great nuggets - but so far - nothing else worked
I have been extolling the virtues of the chicken nuggets in this book because my daughters will eat them without question. Sweet potato pancakes were a BUST! Rice balls turned into rice bowling balls and I ended up flattening them and making patties. I would recommend using common sense (like slipping spinach into spaghetti) rather than trying these recipes. Adding veggie purees to a lot of these recipes alters the consistencies of these dishes and really turn out to be not-so-appetizing....more info
- Finally healthy food that tastes great
I have tried various recipes for healthy meals, but they usually taste "healthy". This really is the first cookbook where everything I've tried thus far is delicious - true to its name. The purees take some time to prepare, but can also be used for baby food if you have pre-toddlers. I had my doubts when making the blueberry oatmeal bars with spinach as I absolutely hate the smell and taste of cooked spinach...but they turned out great and neither my family or our guests could taste the spinach. Highly recommend this one. ...more info
- An very experienced home cook, very disappointed
The idea behind this book is great, although not entirely original, but the recipes are NOT great. Let me just say that I have been cooking meals for my family since I was around 13 years old so I know how to prepare simple and complicated meals at home and I also bake. My feedback on the recipes:
Banana Bread- Collapsed in the middle, was gummy throughout and tasted like vegetable puree. No one in our house wanted to eat it.
Quesadillas- Never crisped up because the recipe calls for too much puree. They were total mush inside and I couldn't even serve them. We had sandwiches that night!
Chicken nuggets- You can TOTALLY see and taste the spinach puree. They look nothing like the picture. And as another reviewer commented, there isn't enough oil in the pan to cook the chicken properly and the first batch I made was really burned.
Sloppy joes- Another case of too much puree called for in the recipe. They were rather bland and very wet and mushy. The liquid never really absorbed just made it very pasty.
Last night making the sloppy joes was my last go at getting something to turn out from this book. It's been very frustrating scraping dishes full of food made from expensive, organic groceries into my garbage can. I am left wondering if Jessica ever really road tested these recipes, or wasn't able to translate what she was doing that was so "delicious" in her kitchen into workable recipes. Too bad, I really was hoping it would work out!
- It's pretty good
I found this book to be a pretty good buy. I really like a lot of the dinner recipes. The chicken fingers are delicious, however I always need to use more oil for pan frying than the recipe says to use. It is completely impossible to fry 1/2 a pound or more of chicken strips with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. I do not like the zuchinni oatmeal cookie recipe as they have not turned out correctly on any of the 3 attempts I made. I think there is a slight miscalculation in the recipe. I am no stranger to the kitchen, but I am a stranger to baking with 0 trans fat tub margarine/imitation butter and pureed fruits and vegis. While a great idea, I think you may need to adjust the recipes a bit to make them work for you. Overall, a pretty nice cookbook though....more info
- Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
This was a Christmas gift for my daughter who has 2 picky eaters. She's used the recipes and the boys are eating and asking for seconds. If you find something that works that well.....what a miracle!!...more info
- Eating veggies shouldn't be a fight
Love this book! My girls (6, 5 & 3) are not naturally drawn to eating veggies, but they love helping me bake these foods. I don't like that she tries to fake out her kids with the macaroni box on the counter. I have been very up front with my kids about putting yummy healthy food in and they are being VERY honest about what recipes work for our house. There are some recipes that taste too far off the yummy recipes that I already have, but my girls actually asked for the cakes in this cookbook for their birthday parties (1 with pumpkin and 1 with avocado)! I call that success. I have taken her recipes one step further and made most of the other ingredients organic but she's still on the right track with putting veggies on their plates and veggies in their tummies. The puree process is a little long but so worth it if you can do it all at once and freeze it for the week. The pictures were enticing. I just wish there were more recipes!...more info
- Finally broke down and bought this book - happy I did!
So I am probably one of the last moms to finally get this book. I have been very skeptical and wasn't expecting this book to be good - but I have been struggling to get my kids to eat veggies so I broke down and bought the book. And I have to say that I love it! I have tried many of the recipes/ideas already and they are tasty and my kids are eating the veggies!!!! It's given me lots of good ideas for my own recipes. The book is also very entertaining. Now I don't believe for a minute that Jessica actually cooks and feeds her kids herself (I know I wouldn't if I were as rich) but oh well, I like the book. I like it more than Sneaky Chef.
PS We are vegetarian and there are some veg friendly recipes here and the ones that contain meat are easy to change to veg.! ...more info
- Too much work for very little nutrition
As a dietitian, I was very excited to check this book. I tried the banana bread with cauliflower. Not only it tasted bad, it also smelled bad, and my kids, who love banana bread, would not touch it! The added nutrition is ,neglegable while the effort put into making it is way too much! I asked for a nutritent break down, but never heard back. i would not buy this book if I were you!...more info
- My son might just eat healthy food
Some of the hints and tips in this book are just wonderful. Hiding cauliflower in so many types of dishes is just an amazing idea and it works!!!
My son is a really fussy eater, and this book has help immeasurably. Parents all over the world rejoice!
I wish that the book included both imperial and metric measurements. Doing the conversions is always a pain in the neck, but then that's true of any American or European cookbook....more info
- great recipes--but need a food processor
I think that this recipe book has great ideas on how to help your kids get some extra vegetables if you have a little extra time and a food processor. Since I don't have a food processor and my blender doesn't blend the vegetables very well I must purchase one. Aside from that, it is a good recipe book for sneaking in some extra veggies for the kids....more info
- Only the parents were deceived
Our 3 year old didn't eat one of the concoctions from this book. In fact, when he tasted his "grilled cheese sandwich" (deceptively made with sweet potatoes) it might have ruined his appetite for actual grilled cheese sandwiches. We attempted several secret cauliflower missions...each time, he noticed after one bite, and now he's leery of anything we put on the table. We thought this would work with our picky eater, but we were deceived....more info
- Celebrity connections
There's no way this book would have been published if the author wasn't Mrs. Seinfeld. The recipes aren't that interesting or original, and the layout is cute but kitschy. No wonder I've seen it in Five Below only a year after publication. It has no staying power....more info
- Cheryl in Cleveland, OH
This book is fantastic - I absolutely love it. Mrs. Seinfeld is pure genius!...more info
- Has some value but needs a lot of tweeking to be healthy
First of all, my kids eat vegies and I think whole vegies need to appear on every plate no matter if your kids like them or not. It takes time for some kids, but they learn to like them if you do. I agree with other reviews about the sugar content. Way too much. I cut it down in the recipes. I also use all whole wheat flour instead os a mixture of both. If your kids are not use to it, start with 1/2 and 1/2 and then gradually eliminate the white flour. All that said, I like the concept behind many of the recipes. The banana bread is a big hit in our house. I figure why not add additional vegies to some of the non-vegie items that my kids enjoy. True, the vegies have lost some of their nutrients. But I would still rather have a % of vegies in their muffin or other food item than none at all....more info
- The brownies are for everyone
I've made the chocolate brownies from this book. The brownies use carrot and spinach puree. They are wonderfully moist and great tasting. I've made the brownies for children and for the poeple with whom my husband works.
Everyone raves about the brownies that are "good for them"...more info
- What's for dinner?
My whole family has enjoyed everything I have made from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which I bought one week ago. The flavors of common dishes are richer with just the right added vegetable puree. I don't fret the eating of sweets anymore, knowing they are getting nutrition even then. Last night as we were enjoying Jessica's tacos, my kids enthusiastically asked me, "What's for dinner TOMORROW night?!"...more info
- exactly what I expected
Simple recipes, once you get past the work of puree. Very nicely indexed and organized....more info
- Definitely NOT delicious
I've made several recipes from this book and my conclusion is that the results are edible (sometimes) but definitely not delicious. I tried the Macaroni and Cheese (with the cauliflower) puree. My toddler would eat that. I made the Gingerbread Spice Cake (with broccoli and carrot puree). That one was really bad. No one in my household would eat it. It just tastes wrong. If you are trying make healthier food, I would use Allrecipe.com. Look up the recipe that you want to make, and read the reviews. There are always reviewers who has a healthier option, and the end products tastes much better than Jessica Seifeld's creations....more info
- Great cookbook!
I got this cookbook, not because of a picky child, but because of a somewhat picky husband. I am thrilled that I get to hide fruits and veggies in the foods that I make for our family. So, even if the veggies aren't eaten as the side dish, they are still eaten in the main dish. I highly recommend this cookbook not only for healthy reasons, but because the recipes are so very simple as well....more info
- Nice presentation but content isn't that great
I was excited at first, getting my kids to eat veggies! Wow!
But I found out that every single thing there is made un-healthy due to either frying or being mixed with tons of other fats (like chocolate!) what's the point in sneaking veggies to the kids if all the rest is not so god. I am not sure how all the vitamins and minerals from vegetables and other ingredients survive the heat of frying pan/oven.
I gave up on this book, plus my 5 year old wouldn't eat anything anyway.
I do not recommend it. I think kids need to learn eat their vegetables through honesty and consistency. It comes with age. Plus don't provide the un-healthy alternatives/empty calories. ...more info
- Love this book!
I am really surprised with all of the negative reviews. I wanted this book and received it as a gift. I have two very picky eaters. My 10 year old will not eat vegetables, I have tried everything. My 22 month old used to eat everything until he decided one day he would no longer eat his veggies. This drives me crazy, I love vegetables, they see me eating them every day, I have tried to teach through example. I do not feel like I am being dishonest with my children cooking this way, the veggies are just another ingredient. My ten year old knows what is in it, he picks the recipe and often helps me make it. I offer fresh vegetables as a side dish also. Yes there is prep work, it does seem like alot at first but it becomes easier. If the purees are prepared in advanced you just defrost and they are ready to go. Every recipe I've made so far has been a hit for the kids and adults. I think they all taste great. I have tried many of them, I use this book almost everyday. The recipes are simple and fast. And the banana bread is delicious! If you have picky eaters I definately recommend this book. ...more info
- Not difficult, but a lot of steps
I've been trying these recipes for over a year since I got the cookbook. I appreciate the pictures that go along with the recipes. Sometimes, mine don't come out exactly like the pictures, but overall I've had success with this book. The chicken nuggets are good, my two year old will eat them with honey to dip or sweet and sour sauce. The rice balls were mushy and difficult to work but still tasted good. I made them with and without chicken and I only tasted the ones without, as I'm a vegetarian. My son ate the ones with chicken. The cookies with chick peas were gross, didn't like them at all. ...more info
- Please do not buy this book
The food she is telling you is delicious is absolutely nasty. After spending 5 hours steaming and pureeing, my kids and I disliked every recipe I tried. I stopped at 3, but couldn't see trying any more. Yuck....more info
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