Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jessica Seinfeld - 2, Carrie - 1.



So I got a new cookbook for Valentine's Day! I'm so excited because I've wanted Deceptively Delicious for a while now and my hinting must've paid off!

Because I'm really needing to slim down and bit and eat healthier in general, I thought - why not try these recipes? Why not start eating more veggies, more fiber, less saturated fats - why not now? Dahlia has no problem eating veggies right now, but I know that will most likely change so - hey, let's start some good habits now.

So yesterday was my puree day! I headed to the store and set out to make up a bunch of purees for the week. A chance to play with the food processor - whohoooo!

I started by roasting butternut squash. It smelled delicious.



I kind of just wanted to eat it! While the squash was roasting & baked some chocolate chip cookies - healthy ones! No butter (trans-fat free smart balance), no egg yolks, but chick peas! Crazy. They turned out really good. We actually really loved them.



Carrie - 1.

After making that I moved on to steaming & pureeing beets, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash and roasting & pureeing sweet potatoes. I was trying to use all of our small kitchen appliances at once I guess.

The downfall of the night was when I knocked off an entire container of pureed summer squash and it landed on the floor! it splattered all over me, the cabinets, the stove & of course the floor.

Lovely. Jessica 1

For dinner I made chicken nuggets (w/sweet potato puree) and mashed potatoes (w/cauliflower puree). Well, the nuggets, I would call chicken turds. I think my pan was too hot and I crowded them in the pan. Next time I will try to make them one at a time.



Jessica 2.

But the potatoes were great!

I think overall this will be a fun cookbook to use & try out through the years. I have more ingredients for Mac & Cheese, turkey burgers & lemon blueberry muffins.

Let's hope I score higher on the upcoming recipes.

4 comments:

MamaD4 said...

I keep looking at this book at the store and wondering if I should buy it...the idea of sneaking in nutritious stuff intrigues me. I think mine would know right off that something was "different" about their beloved chicken tenders!

Kate said...

I WANT THIS. WHERE DID YOU FIND IT? I MUST HAVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Seems like so much excessive prep work? All that pureeing. That was the reason I didn't make my own baby food. SO time intensive. Are all the recipes like that?

carrster said...

Yeah, it is extra work...but I think if I were more efficient at doing it - and storing extra in the freezer - it wouldn't be so bad. I had NOTHING therefore did a bunch at once because I had the time.

A friend of mine also has this book and buys the pureed baby food version of things and using that instead of making her own. I guess that's an option too.

The beets were canned so those were super easy, and the steamed veggies were really easy too. It takes a little extra time, but hopefully it'll pay off!