February 28, 2012

A great addition to my ‘deceptively delicious’ lifestyle

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , at 11:09 pm by mottoblasco

I came across a wonderful product by

qq-nurturme.jpgNurture me.  It’s freeze dried, ground up organic fruits/veggies.

How awesome is that!  It’s made to be baby food that you can just re-constitute by adding water.  However, they also give you ideas on how to add it to your regular foods to boost the nutritional value in the foods your kids(& yourself) eat.  Obviously, this should NOT replace fresh fruits & veggies but can be a good addition, especially for those children who are not getting enough fruits &/or veggies.

I’ll let you know once I’ve tried these in a few recipes.  So far I bought squash, carrot & sweet potato…but I may have to try some more soon!

UPDATE:  I have found that these powdered veggies have a stronger flavor than most of the purees that I have made.  I’ve had to use less than I’d like because it alters the flavor of the food, sometimes, too much.  Also, sprinkling these in foods usually alters the flavor wayyyyy too much…so much so that the kids won’t eat.  BUT as a baby food, baby ate them just fine!

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January 24, 2011

Deceptively Delicious begins

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , at 4:06 pm by mottoblasco

I did it.  I have made several of the recipes from my Deceptively Delicious cookbook.  And I’m loving it.

My first venture was a big-un.  I went for Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns(w/ carrot & cauliflower).  The buns were good, I’d make them again for sure.  The icing was lacking…I will have to tinker w/ this one.  My little miss thought it was applesauce poured on top…although she did eat it all! BUT I have to commend her for making some Cinnamon Buns w/ 1/10th the fat & calories of a regular one.  Kudos.

I next made a few easy ones like Grilled Cheese(w/ squash or sweet potatoes) & the kids don’t notice anything different.  I’ve made it a couple times w/out the kids 🙂  And also one of her versions of Mac & Cheese(w/ garbanzo beans), this didn’t go over as well.  The beans had a strong flavor but maybe a different bean would work better?  I’ll let you know 🙂

My last recipe tried was Fettucine Alfredo(w/ cauliflower).  Can I give it a true rating cause I didn’t follow the recipe ‘exactly as written’?  I dunno but, it was pretty good.  It called for Mozzarella & Parmesan.  Now I LUV Alfredo sauce, the good stuff full of fat & flavor.  But this was a good starting point for a healthier version AND with the added benefits of the veggie puree(of which I could not taste the cauliflower AT ALL).

UPDATE: I make Grilled cheese w/ squash or sweet potatoes almost every time now.

January 6, 2011

Deceptively Delicious…o yeah!

Posted in Deceptively Delicious, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , at 3:24 pm by mottoblasco

I just got the Deceptively Delicious & Double Delicious cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld(yup, Jerry’s wife) for Christmas & I am so excited to try some recipes out.

In case you haven’t heard of it before all of her recipes have pureed veggies(some w/ fruit too) ‘hidden’ in them.  Mostly so that children don’t realize they are getting the vegetables they need and won’t usually eat.  I think it’s a great idea, plus it makes the food healthier all around.  Now that can’t be bad can it?

I am a Christian so I won’t be deceiving my children by lying to them about what is in the food, because that just isn’t right in my eyes.  And the author even says she puts a side of vegetables on the kids plate so they understand how important it is to eat vegetables.  I even plan on showing & telling my kids what is in the foods so that they know & will hopefully grow up to be healthy eaters as my husband and I are striving to be.

I plan on blogging about each recipe I try, as I try it so make sure to come back!  My first post will be about the pureeing aspect & how easy it is!